Cool find Maggie, thank you. Sort of an afffirmation that we can and should do better than legacy tech.
The RSI issue is a big deal, and one of our advancement objectives for developing TextBlade. Everyone thinks they're immune, until they start hurting. We've seen many twenty-something software engineers succumb, and it's always a shocker for them.
Notice how the Kinesis unit moved Enter away from the pinky, and onto the stronger index finger (like the TypeMatrix). They also put 9 inches between the right and left lobes to reduce wrist and.elbow stress.
But instead of making it bulkier, TextBlade eliminates elbow stress with a natural angle between the lobes that matches how you bring your hands together and relax your arms. This 15 degree angle is a much more compact architecture than the 9 inch center gap, and our testing shows it feels a lot better too.
At 2.2 pounds, with the 9 inch divide in the middle, the Kinesis unit is a beefy behemoth. But it just shows how much folks are willing to do to get relief.
RSI is driven by repeated motion. More motion = more work = more stress. The Kinesis guys put the keys on a pronounced arc to shorten the distance between rows, but this is still much farther than TextBlade. Reduced motion from TextBlade's easy reach rows significantly lessens the work and stress, even relative to the Kinesis.
We wanted these improvements not just for desktops, but even for the smallest computer, aka a smartphone. At 1.5 oz, and 1/3 the size of an iphone, TextBlade gets us the ergonomic advances, yet in a platform that's universal accross all our devices.
That center Enter key notion is kind of interesting. We have an idea how to offer that with TextBlade as a config option for all our users, If there's demand for it, we'll post some more details about how we'd like to do it.
Good thread, thanks for this.