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1. (WO1997008679) ERGONOMIC HOUSING FOR A COMPUTER MOUSE

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/008679    International Application No.:    PCT/US1996/003122
Publication Date: Mar 6, 1997 International Filing Date: Mar 7, 1996
IPC: G06F 3/033
Applicants: CONTOUR DESIGN, INC.
Inventors: SCENNA, Leslie
WANG, Steven
Title: ERGONOMIC HOUSING FOR A COMPUTER MOUSE
Abstract:
An ergonomic housing for a computer mouse helpful in minimizing the occurrence and alleviating the symptoms of repetitive strain injuries is disclosed. The mouse housing includes a palm support area (22) having a hump (24) which is an asymmetrically skewed bulge about which a user's hand may pivot. The palm support area also includes a tapered tail (26) for supporting the hand and wrist off the surface. The housing includes at least one button which is elevated and angled to minimize flexion of and accompanying stress on the tendons of the finger. A thumb support (30) is also provided to allow the thumb to rest off the surface and to aid in lifting the mouse.