The AirMouse, made by Canadian firm Deanmark Ltd., is worn like a glove and is designed to prevent those little hand injuries associated with stagnet computer use.
Deanmark founders Mark Bajramovic and Oren Tessler met in college. As a student, Mark explains- “Half way through our first year, I developed a computer mouse related RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) and lost the use of my right hand and arm for several weeks. Numbness, pain, most things that you hear about with RSI’s, I had it.”
Later that semester, Mark and Oren heard about an ergonomic mouse being marketed in Europe. While they thought that particular product wasn’t perfect, it got them thinking about designing their own, and so the AirMouse was born.
The wireless AirMouse utilizes an optical laser, and can run for a week without recharging. The clinically-tested AirMouse works by aligning itself with the ligaments of your hand and wrist. This lets you keep your hand in a neutral position, and transmits more of your vector force than would be possible with a regular mouse.
Not only does the AirMouse make it easier on your hand, but it increases your mousing speed and accuracy as well. The mouse is also designed to remain inactive until your hand is placed in a neutral, flat position, so you can easily go back and forth between typing and mousing.
Other ergonomic designs have strayed from the AirMouse’s style of traditional flat, one-dimensional mousing, but Mark and Oren’s market research indicated that consumers tend to reject such products.
The AirMouse should be available for purchase within the next 6 to 12 months, at a price of around $130. (www.theairmouse.com)