I stumbled across this interesting product and wanted to share it with you as a possible solution for those for whom any hand movement is sheer agony:
The NoHands Mouse is a foot-operated mouse that consists of two separate pedals. One pedal operates the pointer, while the other is used for button clicking. By default, a heel-click engages the right mouse button, while a toe-click engages the left mouse button.
Sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and other hand injuries have restored their mousing quickness and effectiveness with the NoHands Mouse.
The NoHands Mouse eliminates wasteful, repetitive “keyboard-to-mouse” hand movements. With the NoHands Mouse, you can have complete control of the cursor without having to take your hands off the keyboard, or your eyes off the monitor.
For a totally hands-free experience, combine the NoHands Mouse with your choice of voice recognition software or an on screen keyboard.
Learn more about the product at footmouse.com. Here’s a video that explains the product in more detail:
It is certainly an innovative solution, though I imagine it’d take awhile to become proficient with the device. It’s also, at $350, a bit pricey (though no more so than many other specialized ergonomic devices).
But just think of all the fun you could have freaking out your office co-workers — you’d be sitting back with your arms crossed, seemingly relaxing and doing nothing, while your feet were busy pointing and clicking and getting some work done.
Just be careful mixing the NoHands Mouse with toe-tapping music!