Contour Design, Inc., a provider of computer input devices designed to maximize ergonomic benefits, today unveiled new versions of its innovative Contour Mouse designed for left handed users and those with extra small hands.
The company also announced the product's compatibility with the Macintosh platform and Sun, Hewlett Packard, and Silicon Graphics workstations.
The three button Contour Mouse is the only mouse on the market available in multiple sizes. Originally introduced in small, medium, and large sizes for right handed users, market demand combined with the company's vision of a truly ergonomic mouse inspired the expansion of the product line.
"Our existing mice did not fit the hands of some people. Moreover, individuals who prefer to use the mouse with their left hand wanted a product with an ideal fit," said Steve Wang, co-developer of the Contour Mouse.
"Contour Design is committed to delivering input devices that provide maximum comfort and ergonomic benefit to all users, so we naturally decided to add the new versions to our basic model for the PC platform."
Extending the product's functionality to the Macintosh and Sun, Hewlett Packard, and Silicon Graphics workstations likewise evolved from the desire to meet the needs of users who rely heavily on the mouse to complete their work.
"Macintosh and workstation users typically work with software applications that are very mouse-intensive, which aggravates stresses and strains associated with average mouse use," said Wang. "The Contour Mouse's open hand architecture enables these 'power' users to work longer and with less muscle effort."
This open hand architecture provides elevated buttons and support for the hand, wrist, and thumb. It allows the hand to be open, balanced, and relaxed, rather than curved around the mouse, as is typically the case. The fingers are elevated, the palm raised and supported, and the wrist is lifted off the desktop.
Another key Contour Mouse feature enables the user to program buttons in order to minimize button clicks.
The complete Contour Mouse lineup, including the new versions for the PC, Macintosh, and Sun, Hewlett Packard, and Silicon Graphics workstations, will be displayed at Comdex Fall '96, scheduled for November 18 - 22, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Contour Design booth, M6138, is located in the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The suggested retail price for the PC version of the Contour Mouse is $79.95. Prices for other versions of the product vary, and can be obtained directly from Contour Design.
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