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The 4 Craziest-Looking Ergonomic Keyboards

Posted on 25th Jul 2011 @ 1:40 PM

Ergonomics research has produced some pretty unusual looking devices. Consider the recumbent bicycle, the kneeling ergonomic chair, or the abdominal exercise machine. Though these products have demonstrated varying levels of commercial success, they have definitely illustrated the powers of imagination and creativity in the marketplace.

So it should come as no surprise that a new niche market has sprung up around ergonomic keyboards. These aren't the simply-designed, slightly-curved, ten-key separated keyboards that you commonly see in offices and workstation. No, some of these ergonomic keyboards are a lot like art: some people perceive them as beautiful, while others view them as a confusing mishmash of shapes.

Why don't you decide for yourself? Check out the four craziest-looking ergonomic keyboards for sale today.


Advantage USB contoured keyboard


This product looks like someone took a regular keyboard, sliced it in half, crumpled up the letter and function keys, and shoved them into two holes on a plastic tray. Then they sprinkled on a couple of cursor keygroups for good measure. The idea is to keep the users' hands further apart so the arms don't bend inward at the elbows as much (or at all).


Maltron 90 series keyboard


At first glance, it appears that an engineer simply grabbed a standard keyboard and ran over it with his car. But upon further inspection, we notice that the ten-key number pad and its accompanying buttons have been moved to the center instead of being placed on the right side. Though it may be the most expensive keyboard on the market (at about $720), it claims to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive stress injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.


Maltron ergonomic single right-handed keyboard.


If you planted a small explosive device under a regular keyboard and detonated it, this could possibly be the result. All of the letter keys are crammed into an indentation on the right side, while a ten-key number pad and other buttons are situated at the left (although the U key must have been naughty, because it has been banished to the middle). The keyboard is designed for individuals who only use their right hand to type (there is also a left-handed model available) - so it may appeal to disabled workers who only have one limb.


Comfort keyboard


This keyboard resembles something you might see in a Transformers movie. The three sections of the keyboard actually split apart and can each rotate horizontally and vertically to suit your specific hand positions. The idea is to adjust the keyboard to your preferences instead of the other way around.


We make no promises as to whether any of these products will work as advertised. But if you're looking for a little pizzazz in your home or office computing lifestyle, any one of them should fit the bill nicely.

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