The 2011 National Ergonomics Conference is fast approaching (Las Vegas, Nov. 29-Dec. 2) and Microsoft will be there to showcase our innovative designs and products. If you happen to be going, stop by booth #417 for your chance to win a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000!
Ergonomics is the scientific study of how people work. A great deal of ergonomic research is focused on matching human capabilities to task requirements, with the benefit of reducing the chance of injury and strains in the workplace. Designing products that integrate with how people work is a major goal of the Microsoft Hardware team. We study how people move and work at their computers for extended periods of time, and then build products that address musculoskeletal risk factors. Our own recent study found that an active computer user strikes the space bar key an average of 669 times per hour—just one representation of the great deal of repetition that takes a toll on your joints and body.
Microsoft is determined to design mice and keyboards that maximize productivity, reduce user fatigue, and make the work environment more enjoyable. The Natural mouse, for example, is designed to shift posture in order to reduce carpal tunnel pressure, while maintaining the pointing speed of a traditional mouse.
We hope to see you in Las Vegas!
Learn more about ergonomic design and Microsoft Hardware.
Learn more about the National Ergonomics Conference.