Split typing: a hype, or not?

Chances are that while you read this there is a standard keyboard on your desktop. Although there are many different variants on the market, most people still use a standard straight keyboard; a keyboard that is based on a design by Christopher Latham Sholes from 1878.

Did you know that the design of your keyboard during intensive use can lead to discomfort and pain? Fortunately, more and more evidence and recognition has been gained over the past 60 years that long-term typing is related to pain in the hands, arms, shoulders and neck. In addition to the intensity and the amount of hours of computer work, unfavorable postures and movements also have a major influence. Unfavorable postures such as typing with twisted wrists and raised hands are directly related to the design of the conventional, straight keyboard.

 

That is why there has been a lot of attention and research into the effect of different keyboard designs on these complaints. Anyone who thinks that the split keyboard is a new hype is wrong. For the first design for a split keyboard was already patented in 1915 by F. Heidner.

 

Do you experience physical complaints yourself or would you like to prevent them? Consider using an ergonomically split keyboard. 

 

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