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Title: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: Stupidface on Wed, 13 October 2021, 17:13:21
Did you learn about ergonomics the hard way (e.g. wrist pain)?  Or did you have ergonomics inculcated into you from an early age, making such considerations second nature?





Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: kajahtaa on Wed, 13 October 2021, 20:44:06
don't know anything about ergonomics but thought the iris looked cool and long term found the Kyria. If I get an em8 spot I'll be done joining GB.
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: Lanrefni on Wed, 13 October 2021, 23:57:30
The hard way,I had to get carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists, so a split board is the only way I can type with out having my wrists feel like I've had them dipped in fire. :/
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: vvp on Thu, 14 October 2021, 02:36:23
Easy way. I have seen Kinesis Advantage and it was obvious to me that it is more comfortable. So I went for more comfort.
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: Findecanor on Thu, 14 October 2021, 05:18:59
Finger pain. Not experienced it with mechanical keyboards, but I have experienced it from using Topre.
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: nevin on Thu, 14 October 2021, 05:23:51
started looking for better options after 20+ years of using normal peripherals. also started getting the telltale pains. no surgery yet.
- i liked the smaller/compact keyboard that came with the original bondi imac (when my eye's were opened to other keyboard size/shape possibilities)
- ended up getting a 60% and put the mouse between the keyboard and a separate numberpad
- dug a little deeper, lots of research, and ended up with the keeb.io viterbi i have now.
- now, you couldn't pay me to go back to a one piece keyboard or a staggered keyboard. wide hand separation makes all the difference.

love the look of all the small ergo boards and wish i could go smaller but they are just not practical for my use case. there are not many choices in larger split otrhos (70ish keys).
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: Lanrefni on Thu, 14 October 2021, 05:59:11
started looking for better options after 20+ years of using normal peripherals. also started getting the telltale pains. no surgery yet.
- i liked the smaller/compact keyboard that came with the original bondi imac (when my eye's were opened to other keyboard size/shape possibilities)
- ended up getting a 60% and put the mouse between the keyboard and a separate numberpad
- dug a little deeper, lots of research, and ended up with the keeb.io viterbi i have now.
- now, you couldn't pay me to go back to a one piece keyboard or a staggered keyboard. wide hand separation makes all the difference.

love the look of all the small ergo boards and wish i could go smaller but they are just not practical for my use case. there are not many choices in larger split otrhos (70ish keys).

My board is a keeb.io BFO-9000 because I wanted all the keys,not having much in the way of layers makes typing on it a lot easier.  :D
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: nevin on Thu, 14 October 2021, 06:05:45
i do more shortcuts than actual typing during the day (except for my blabbering here), so burying even more keys in layers for a smaller form factor really isn't an option for me. some shortcut combinations are all ready 3 or 4 keys.

...i can't say enough good things about keeb.io
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: iaji on Thu, 14 October 2021, 19:00:03
started my employment in computer field. sometimes my right wrist flare up after typing a bit longer. I thought it was caused by my injury which I got in high school. by some coincidences, I found out atreus. used that for.a while, right wrist feels better. searched for something nicer and more comfortable (and some ****post in between), put https://dactyl.siskam.link online.
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: willem-jan on Mon, 18 October 2021, 03:38:02
For me it was hand and finger fatigue. Since I could not find a layout/design that I found ergonomic enough for my finger placement I have designed my own keyboard with these key ergonomic features:

- split keyboard design
- 58 keys, 4+1 thumb keys
- aggressive column stagger, fitting medium to large hands (3 design iterations needed to find the perfect layout)
- 18mm distance between rows instead of 19.05mm
- low keyboard height (single PCB/no casing, Kailh choc low profile switches and keycaps) to eliminate the need for wrist pad/raisers
- tactile switches, 57 grams
- QMK layers + tap dance etc
- Colemak-dh key mapping

Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: fortissim2 on Tue, 09 November 2021, 17:04:28
My first attempt to make typing more ergonomic was to use a different keyboard layout (Colemak)!
Originally started off as a school assignment, but now I can type 170wpm with it (and 130ish on quotes).

Also discovered split keyboards at my dad's workplace and now I really want one myself!! Idk if I should really get one though :p
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: nevin on Tue, 09 November 2021, 17:27:01
@fortissim2
there are lots of great inexpensive split ergo kits. look around, find one you like & give it a try. i'm sure you'll like the split aspect of it and will make it tough to go back to a one piece board.
Title: Re: What prompted your interest in ergonomics?
Post by: fortissim2 on Tue, 09 November 2021, 17:52:21
@fortissim2
there are lots of great inexpensive split ergo kits. look around, find one you like & give it a try. i'm sure you'll like the split aspect of it and will make it tough to go back to a one piece board.

I have tried them before and I like them, I just couldn't find one that looked sharp with my desk setup.
I used to have the MD770 (which I modded w/ lube, spraypaint and some other stuff and gave it to a friend for something I should not say here), can't get my hands on another one since then :(
(also I don't feel like building one lol)