Three years ago I began to suffer from RSI caused by prolonged and intense mouse use as part of my work as an environmental modeller. My office (an engineering firm) generously offered to pay for whatever equipment I needed, so was able to test several ergonomic mice in the market. None of them well enough to completely relieve my symptoms. I then decided to build my own mouse. I started my design from the fact that I can play fingerstyle guitar (plucking) for hours without issues, yet 15 minutes of working with a conventional mouse will bring on my symptoms. This suggested that instead of pushing down to click on mouse buttons, pulling in my fingers to click (the way I do when I pluck a guitar string) was the ergonomic way to do this. The other differences between clicking a mouse button and plucking a guitar string involve the range of motion (ROM) and the force applied. A mouse button has an ROM of a couple of millimeters, but plucking a guitar string involves at least 20 mm. In theory the small ROM in a mouse should be a good thing, but it is not because it takes more force to click the button than to pluck a string. Most ergonomic mice use the same buttons as conventional ones. Some ergonomic mice had buttons are lighter than others (including touch mice), but they pose a problem of accidental clicks that required me to lift my fingers while using them. I realized that the solution was to use the principle of a lever: increase the ROM to click the button, thus requiring less force to do so while avoiding accidental clicks. To achieve this leverage, the point where the finger clicks the mouse should be farther forward of the mouse button. This revises a feature found in all mice, conventional or ergonomic, where the finger is right over the buttons. I have attached a picture of my mouse. It is actually built of two travel mice, one piggybacked on the other. The one on top has no electronics but has the buttons, the other on the bottom has the electronics. The levers used to click the buttons are caps from a medicine bottle. The body is a piece of foam. One the left side is a padded button for the thumb, which is the middle click. Due to the placement of the wheel, I could not build a lever for this button. Using the thumb made sense, since it is the strongest digit on the hand, but does nothing on a conventional mouse. My travel mouse had a large wheel, which I retained because I found it to be easier to use. But the big change I adopted was to move the wheel farther to the front of the mouse, which I achieved by cutting off as much of the PCB as possible. The advantage of this placement is that it prevents my fingers from curling or bending back to turn the wheel. I also wanted to place the wheel even lower but I could not do so without radically modifying the mouse. Again, this goes against the convention of placing the wheel on top of the mouse. The other innovation I wanted to put in was to place the mouse wheel over the pointing finger rather than the middle. This is after all the finger I use to turn the wheel, and often the one I use to click it. An informal survey of my co-workers showed that they do the same thing. But like the QWERTYY keyboard, there is really no strong reason for the mouse wheel to be between the two buttons other than symmetry and tradition. Others might prefer to use their middle fingers to operate the wheel, but still use their stronger index finger to click it. The remarkable thing was that after I came up with my mouse with the idea to click a button by pulling in my fingers, Microsoft came up with the Sculpt mouse that had this feature. I tried it, but I went back to my homebuilt mouse. The Sculpt was too big for my hand, and it did not have the leverage (as well as the other features of my mouse). My mouse completely stopped my RSI. I enjoyed it for about a year until the buttons started to fail, and I did not have the energy to rebuild it. Fortunately I found your Dell WM 311 which I believe helped my symptoms though its lightness and low profile. It did not completely eliminate my RSI but if I took enough breaks I was able to avoid the pain. A week ago the middle button on this mouse stopped working, and I learned that it is no longer in production. This morning I received what is supposed to be closest model to it available, the WM514, but it is larger and heavier. I am concerned that I will soon need to resume my search for the perfect mouse. I therefore hope that you consider my suggested design elements so that I won’t have to.
Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.),
In the past, Dell offered a service where you could pay extra to have a design added to certain XPS laptops when you were configuring them for order. Of course, if you're getting it as a gift for someone, or it gets damaged, the design you chose/created is really expensive to fix.What I propose is a pilot program where facades are created for different Dell/Alienware laptop models. Facades would be like the faceplates made for the PS4; a pair of covers that clip onto the back of a laptop's display and the base, rather than a permanent customisation of its chassis.Since these are removeable at any time, they could be made of a thin, dense material that protects the laptop from scuffs and denting, but have designs from partnered artists, celebrate games, TV shows and movies, or just change the laptop's chassis colour. More than that, if they got damaged, you could simply replace them instead of replacing the whole laptop.
I noticed that Dell is attempting to foray into the Digital Artist field; the stylus for the Dell Canvas sporting Wacom tech, says to me that they're serious. What these Interactive Pen Displays lack - particularly the larger ones that take up more space - is a comfortable, efficient means of accessing a vast array tools and functions within a program. The Dell Canvas ships with the "totem" radial dial, but it doesn't strike me as ideal, and isn't viable on a vertically-mounted display. Even Wacom hasn't managed to release an outstanding solution; most professionals are partial to using keyboards, and neither the Wacom ExpressKey Remote, nor the buttons on the side of their Intuos & Cintiq tablets are effective at increasing workflow. I used a 27QHD cintiq for a year, with my keyboard awkwardly on my lap (lack of space), and used the ExpressKey Remote for the first two days before never touching it again. What Digital Artists need is a specially-designed "Gaming Pad". I've been using a Logitech G13 for the past year, and it's such an amazing difference; I'm 85% confident that it would be a roaring success, and if I had the skills to design a prototype and the necessary drivers myself, then I'd be on Kickstarter right now. While I'm content to go on using the G13, with the knowledge that it could be so much better, I'd love to see the concept pushed to the next level. If the G13 had two analog sticks (one customizable, and one that instantly snaps to the directional Hue), and a touch strip (similar to those on the Cintiq 24HD), it would be incredibly efficient, and drastically improve workflow. The overall position of the upper keys on the G13 is very comfortable, so I'd take that layout into consideration and adapt it to be more suitable. Here's a quick example of what I mean And here's how I have mine configured: (I'm about 2 buttons short; 4 at the bottom right would've been perfect). It's targetted at gamers, but accidentally caters extremely well to professional creators. Someone definitely needs to capitalize on that. tl;dr - build a custom Gaming Pad accessory, designed for professional artists. Set the drivers up to support changing of Hue & Brightness using an Analog Stick & Touch Strip. Give it 30+ customizable buttons and TWO analog sticks(or an up-left/down-right facing toggle fin - important to have something more than just 1 analog). Succeed at something that every other company has failed to address for over a decade.
I have just purchased a new Inspiron AIO 22 3000. Although my IP provider sells me 200 mbits/sec download speed I only get 100 on this new machine. My other older Dell machines get 200. My idea is that Dell should stop equiping new models with 10-100 processors and make sure that all are 10-100-1000. 100 maximum is obsolete I received good service from Dell who have agreed to my returning the machine for a full refund.
Categories: Desktops and Laptops,
Add a microUSB or USB-C plug on top of notebook displays and monitors, and sell a separate, flexible little accessory with camera and microphones to plug in, WHEN DESIRED. Delete 'built in' cameras and microphones and other sensors.Most times, built-in cameras and microphones are INSECURE. Otherwise, a physical switch to visibly, physically disconnect such devices.Similarly, even for tablets, these sensors should be plug & play, not hard-wired into the hardware. Include any 'GPS' along with external accessories. Make it slim and flush, but make it possible to make it GO AWAY.A little camera and two stereo microphones, even molded to cute character shapes can be trivially plugged in for the one time in thousands that you want to 'teleconference', and it can be absent all the other times when it's possible for leaky, daily-compromised operating systems and software to grant access to creeps.
Ever since I played Battlefield 3 there's a AlienFX when you play the game which looks awesome! However, since battlefield 1 doesn't have one I really like it to be supported similar to battlefield 3!