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Maybe fewer keys is the answer to RSI

New keyboard cuts number nearly in half.


Perhaps more than any other piece of office equipment, the computer keyboard has been constantly morphed to keep its operators' hands out of the doctor's office. In the perennial battle against RSI, we've seen versions that break in two, glow in the dark and even skip the keys altogether. But instead of the hardware options, others continue to pursue solutions in the keys themselves--and a generation that goes beyond the QWERTY alternatives may be just beginning.

New Standard Keyboards, for instance, has developed an alphanumeric version that includes only 53 keys rather than the usual 104, according to Coolest-Gadgets. The NSK535 is intended for those who don't need all the keys on a standard board, keeping only those that are used most within the easiest reach.

But if you're someone with the opposite problem, fear not. You can always opt for a double-sided model or perhaps just stick more keys wherever you need them.