Clicking a mouse may seem like an innocent enough task. It is such a sublte movement in fact, you hardly notice it. But applying that subtle pressure with your fingers thousands of times a day is actually a main cause of repetitive stress injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ergonomic mice and various software programs atttempt to solve this problem by either eliminating the need to click or lessening the pressure needed to make a click.
The problem with current software applications is that they automatically perform a click whenever the mouse is paused for a pre-defined time span, often referred to as “dwell clicking”. One of the primary drawbacks to dwell clicking is unintended clicks.
GentleMouse is a new software recentely developed by a Silicon Valley software engineer that attempts to solve the problem of mouse clicking once and for all. How?
Whenever the mouse pointer is paused, the program displays a small transparent window called a Trigger Window next to the pointer. To click, instead of physically pressing a button, the user moves and pauses the pointer over the Trigger Window and GentleMouse performs the click automatically. After moving into the main Trigger Window, there are additional Trigger Windows that become visible corresponding to each mouse action: right click, double click, drag/select text, and middle click/scroll. If that doesn’t make sense to you, check out the video tutorial on the GentleMouse website.
GentleMouse was invented by Hadi Qassoudi, a software engineer, as a solution to his wife’s severe case of repetitive strain injury. After trying multiple ergonomic products, Qassoudi became frustrated at the lack of adequate solutions to the constant clicking required by the mouse. Qassoudi conceived of GentleMouse and spent the past 18 months developing, testing and refining the software.
Hadi Qassoudi, CEO of Gentle Computing and inventor of GentleMouse said, “Given the vast number of people who find clicking painful or who are unable to click due to a physical disability, we saw the need for a new system that would provide users with a simple and gentle way to perform mouse actions without physically clicking the buttons. We also wanted the solution to be simple, affordable and compatible with most pointing devices. We believe that GentleMouse provides this solution.”
GentleMouse can work with whatever mouse you want, and at only $39.95 it is an affordable and accessible solution. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this software. If you are a Windows user you can download a trial version for free.
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