Many people have jobs that require copious amounts of typing. Standard keyboards facilitate disorders such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and repetitive stress injuries. The reoccurring motion involved in typing puts strain on the nerves and tendons in the hands, leaving many unable to do their jobs. The majority of workers compensation cases deal with injuries resulting from repetitive stress from keyboard use. Companies and employees would benefit from a low impact alternative
Wireless Ergo-Ficient is a user-friendly, highly effective split keyboard that uses a touch pad surface. The keyboard is wireless, allowing for optimal mobility while typing. On the top of the keyboard may be an adjustable lever that locks and unlocks a ball joint. This joint changes the angle of the keyboard, which is split into two sections to accommodate the user. All of the keys will remain in their classic positions to allow for an easy transition. Where the keys on a traditional keyboard would be, there is a flat glasslike surface that is touch sensitive. Each key may be separated by a slim, wedged perimeter that establishes definitive boundaries of each character. The touch pad may be black, while the letters and symbols on the keys are labeled in white. The keypad is split into two equal parts. Each side may have its own touch pad under the character keys to use as a mouse. Just like a standard mouse, the touchpad would have a left and right button. There is also a separate touchpad that includes all the numbers needed. This 10-key pad is also wireless and may include characters useful in conjunction with numbers such as the addition sign or the equal sign. All of they keys have the option of responding to touch with a low volume sound. This helps the user become acclimated to the new keyboard, and some may keep the sound as a preference. The keyboard is approximately 4” high, 12” long, 1” wide, and 6” in diameter. The measurements, design, and materials used may vary upon manufacturing.