Input device developer Cirque released the latest in its range of keyboards and touchpads designed to minimise the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
At Comdex this week it showed off the new Cruise Cat Internet touchpad, which combines a rectangular ?touch sensitive? area - about the size of a credit card - with five virtual buttons for launching selected applications with a single touch. Below the touchpad area are the traditional left and right mouse buttons.
?Our touchpads perform all the mouse functions in a more intuitive and reliable way. They can help users avoid repetitive strain injuries because they require no pressure and less movement to use,? said Carrie Royce, marketing communications manager for Cirque.
She admitted that some users in the past had found touchpad type technology on laptops difficult to use but said most of those computers were using four year old technology.
Touchpads had advanced significantly, she claimed. They now used the moisture in people?s fingers to activate electrodes inside the pad, making them extremely sensitive and accurate to use.
The company certainly puts its touchpads through a variety of durability tests. Melting, driving over, covering in dirt and oil, using as a chopping board ? none of these stopped it working, as the company demonstrated.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the company is privately owned and has been selling touchpads since 1994. Much of its revenue comes from supplying its technology to computer manufacturers for inclusion on laptops, kiosks and in the future, Internet appliances.
In the US it sells through a number of retail outlets and is looking to expand that side of the business in Europe. It uses Ingram in the UK as its main European distributor.
At the show the company also launched its Smooth Cat contour keyboard that is ergonomically shaped and includes a touchpad on the main body to remove the need to reach for a mouse.
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