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February 2, 2011

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Ergonomic mouse – Posturite Penguin

Developed by Posturite, in conjunction with the University of Brighton’s Product Development Centre, the Penguin is described as “the world’s first truly ambidextrous vertical mouse”.

The new mouse is said to provide greater protection against work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) by enabling the workstation employee to use both hands to share their daily workload.

According to Posturite, the Penguin’s solid base reduces the amount of grip required to position the device without losing accuracy. A ‘bow-tie’ switch at the front, which intuitively changes the direction of the scroll wheel, enables a simple transfer from right to left-handed use, adds the company.

Explaining the significance of the ambidextrous element, Posturite chief executive Ian Fletcher-Price said: “Repetitive use of the dominant hand is one of the most common causes of health problems associated with mousing.”

The Penguin comes in both wired (£49.95) and wireless (£69.95) versions, and standard and small sizes to fit most male and female hands. 

To find out more about the Penguin and other Posturite products and services, visit www.posturite.co.uk, e-mail [email protected] or call 0845 345 0010.

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Chrisblack58
Chrisblack58
11 years ago

A brave design choice, it looks like something other than a penguin. should provide a talking point if nothing else

Never mind ambidextrous, some of the blurb reads as ambiguous to my schoolboy sense of humour

Harriesmc
Harriesmc
11 years ago

I think the fact that this mouse has been designed to be used in either hand and in a more relaxed position should help people to improve the way that they work; I look forward to seeing the results in practise.

Jackjosephy
Jackjosephy
11 years ago

John, a fair observation.

This point may have some merit for high precision mouse based tasks, such as detailed graphics in Photoshop. However studies with real users have shown that this is not the case for everyday mouse based tasks. Subjective reports from participants in our studies strongly suggest equal accuracy compared to traditional mice.

Johnfuller25
Johnfuller25
11 years ago

This looks like you will need to use whole arm movements (focusing on a limited amount of muscle groups) due to the base of the mouse. This base will not allow for true accuracy as apposed to a normal mouse. Not for me thanks