T3’ s most furious (in every sense) typist is here to save your joints
Tech’s most knowledgeble sage handles your Q&A. This month: hurty keyboards, tiny phones and unfitness trackers!
My keyboard makes my hands hurt. Help!
AWe make some of our most unwise decisions at a desk. Guru just caught himself leaning sideways with his wrists all wonky, and now his hands are throbbing. The ergonomics of your workstation could be as much to blame as your keyboard; make sure you’re kitted out with a good desk and a proper office chair – try the $819 Herman Miller Sayl if you’re feeling really flush, or IKEA’s Markus ($349) otherwise.
Defeating the menace of RSI and its sinister cousin Carpal Tunnel Syndrome takes more than just sitting right. There’s no standard hand, so if your mitts don’t suit, for example, the shallow leaf springs of the Apple Magic Keyboard ($179), you may be suited to a full-travel keyswitch.
Extreme tendon restitution can be found in the wacky world of ergonomic keyboards. There’s the split variety, like the travel-friendly GoldTouch Go! 2 (around $200) or Microsoft’s Sculpt line (from $90),
WITH THE VERTICAL SPLIT KEYBOARD, EACH HALF OF THE KEYBOARD IS UPRIGHT AND YOU HOLD YOUR HANDS IN KARATE-CHOP FASHION
which angle the individual halves of the keyboard outwards so that your fingers rest on the keys without distorting your wrists. There’s also the scooped-out-andsplit variety as produced by Maltron, though you’ll be paying up to $500.
On the silliest extreme, we have the vertical split, where each half of the keyboard is upright and you hold your hands in karate-chop fashion to type; you’ll likely have to refer to rear-view mirrors to see what you’re typing. Or there’s the Orbitouch ($500), which doesn’t have any keys, just handles that you waggle to chord in keystrokes.
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