The Miraculous Tale of the Vertical Mouse
Today I'm going to tell you a story about an extraordinary mouse.
A mouse that is certainly robust, but not Mighty Mouse.
A mouse that is funny to look at, but not Micky Mouse.
No, this is the story of a vertical mouse. A mouse who was brave enough to stand up and be counted. A mouse who was strong enough to help others overcome their suffering.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Then I'll begin...
Are you sat in front of your computer all day and every day? If so, you're most likely feeling some discomfort, aches and pains. And you're probably feeling them in your wrists.
Just take a look at the top images on Google when you search for 'RSI' (Repetitive Strain Injury):
One of the most common causes of an RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) for computer users comes from their mouse.
Mice come in all shapes and sizes, so perhaps it's time for you to assess what mouse would be best for you.
Did You Know?
Today, the mouse is an essential input device for all modern computers but it wasn't so long ago that computers had no mouse and no graphical user interface. Data was entered by typing commands on a keyboard.
The mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1964 and consisted of a wooden shell, circuit board and two metal wheels that came into contact with the surface it was being used on.
Microsoft developed and shipped the first PC-compatible mouse in 1983. However, the mouse remained relatively obscure until the 1984 appearance of the Macintosh 128K, and the Atari ST in 1985.
Why use a vertical mouse?
For some time I've been suffering discomfort in my arm, shoulder and neck and I decided it was probably related to using a mouse all day every day.
This diagram illustrates the problem:
What is a vertical mouse?
As the name implies it's a mouse that stands up compared to a traditional mouse which is horizontal. So, if you take your normal mouse and turn it on its side you get a rough idea of what it looks like.
What other ergonomic options are there?
I decided to ask around my friends on Facebook to see if anybody had any recommendations about an ergonomic computer mouse...
I had some excellent (international) replies which highlighted the various types of ergonomics mice on the market.
Denise (USA) recommended a Roller Bar Mouse:This is the one I have used for almost 10 years. I love it.
Marc (France) recommended the Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4:Not cheap but good for tennis elbow, mouse elbow, etc.
Stig (Sweden) also recommended a Roller Mouse:I use a RollerMouse, it's brilliant. I also have used a Wacom write board with a pen, but the roller mouse is easier to use, you just use your thumb.
Stewart (UK) recommended the Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software:
Ashley (Aussie) recommended the Apple Magic Mouse:Apple mouse - sweet!
The suggestion from Stewart does make quite a bit of sense, especially in the long-run, but I think it would take some time to get the software working as you want it.
As a Mac user, I also have access to the built-in Mac dictation, so that is something I will try in the future. Here's an interesting article I found on the subject.
I have tried the Apple Magic Mouse previously and I didn't like it too much. I know I should as an Apple aficionado. But I couldn't get into all that swiping stuff - far too traditionalist!
I decided I would try a vertical mouse. Although the Evoluent Vertical Mouse has some excellent reviews, I decided it was too expensive for my trial. So instead, I purchased a cheaper vertical mouse by CSL.
So far, I have been impressed with the vertical mouse and I'm pleased to report that my pain has gone!
And that's why I refer to my vertical mouse as miraculous...
I hope you've enjoyed The Miraculous Tale of my Vertical Mouse. I'd love to hear about your mouse experience. Are you suffering any discomfort from using your current mouse?
- What kind of mouse do you use - traditional or vertical?
- Perhaps you prefer to use the built-in trackpad on your laptop?
- Anybody using dictation software instead of a mouse?
Let me know in the comments below...