|It's All in the Wrists|
These pains and strains on our fragile hands, neck and shoulders -- lumped under the nightmare rubric of "repetitive stress injuries" -- are the result of desk-jockeying a keyboard, monitor and mouse morning, noon and night. Worse, most keyboards and other interfaces that ship from popular computer vendors such as Dell ( DELL), H-P ( HPQ) or even chic Apple ( AAPL) do little to soften the skeletal torture.
"People who experience neck, shoulder, forearm, wrist or thumb pain from using computers often welcome the idea of 'ergonomic' keyboards, which claim to reduce the risk of injury and increase comfort," says Deborah Quilter, a New York City-based consultant and author of The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book. The search for a better keyboard has sparked a cottage industry in so-called ergonomic interfaces that take body position and other factors into account. These tools come mostly from esoteric vendors like