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Microsoft launches Ssplit Keyboard

Microsoft launches Ssplit Keyboard
Microsoft, which envisions itself as a services and devices company, is bringing a new keyboard to the market that it claims will make using the computer more comfortable. The company has designed the keyboard and mouse keeping in mind the findings of its Healthy Computing Survey, which revealed that 85% of the respondents experience discomfort on a daily basis as a result of their workspace setup.

Named the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, this combo includes a keyboard with a unique split layout. In a blog post, Brandon LeBlanc, the Windows communications manager at Microsoft, wrote, "When I put my hands on it, it felt like the keyboard naturally "fit" my hands. This split keyboard layout is designed to help position the wrists and forearms in a natural, relaxed position."

The design of the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard features a "domed" shape that has been created to reduce wrist pronation. It also allows for reverse-tilt angles to promote a straight, neutral wrist position. Microsoft says that these adjustments to a traditional keyboard put the human body in the best possible position for comfort and ergonomics.

The numeric keypad in the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is separate and can be kept aside in case it is not being used. The post says it helps "reduce the potential for shoulder rotation injuries."

The keyboard is optimized for Windows and features hotkeys at the top for quick access to the charms in Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) as well as media playback and snap controls for multitasking.

Microsoft has also come up with the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, which has been boasts of a unique ergonomic shape that encourages natural postures. It is taller than most mice in the market to reduce the contact between desktop surface and the underside of users' hands, thus minimizing carpal tunnel pressure. The angle of the mouse puts the forearm in a more relaxed position, says Microsoft. It also features the Windows button for quick access to the Start screen in Windows 8, a back button for quick navigation, and a four-way scroll wheel (horizontal and vertical scrolling).

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