SafeType: An Ergonomic Keyboard that Lives Up to Its Name

An ergonomic keyboard shaped like a letter U, with keys in the middle and outer surfaces of the two raised parts.

The SafeType keyboard is the only design that places the user in an orthopedically neutral position while typing or entering data.

 

There are many so-called ergonomic keyboards on the market. Every manufacturer declares theirs has a new ergonomic design. However, one company points out that there is no standard for the meaning “ergonomic.” That company, SafeType, asserts that the term is “commercially over-worked and functionally meaningless.” SafeType claims that other common “ergonomic” keyboards do little more than “shift the location of tension from the wrists and forearms up to the neck and shoulders.”

 

The SafeType keyboard is the only design that places the user in an orthopedically neutral position while typing or entering data. The SafeType eliminates the three most damaging postures: extension, deviation, and pronation.

 

The SafeType keyboard, which we have at our Technology Lending Center to try for free, measures 8 by 11 inches, with a height of just under 7 inches. Designed in the Netherlands, the SafeType keyboard is available on the international market, though only in black. The device is compatible with both Mac and Windows machines.

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