HandShoe Mouse Tips
Use of the HandShoe Mouse (see image on the right)
To experience maximum benefit we advise the following:
- Sit in as relaxed a position as possible and place your hand on the body of the mouse (1), so it acts like a saddle for the hand.
- The wrist should be well supported at the tail-end (2) while the fingers and thumb rest on the body of the mouse (3)
- Finger tips may just very lightly touch the desktop
- Move the HandShoe Mouse in general by means of moving the forearm (which must be supported on your desk and/or on the armrest of your chair.
- To operate within minute areas on the screen, you may, of course, move from the wrist.
- Avoid holding the mouse as shown in image 2 below.
If you hold the mouse like this, you will not benefit from the advantages of its ergonomic bio-design.
- To move the mouse without moving the cursor, just roll it on its side and slide it over your desk.
Your Position at your desk
Ensure that the height of your desk and chair are correct:
- The forearm should be supported by either your desk or the arm rest of your chair (see images 1 and 3)
- Do not reach, do not allow your arm and or elbow to hover above the desk (see image 4)
- Let your upper arm hang in a comfortable position, alongside your body
Image 1 – Forget Wrist Support
Image 3. What Causes Mouse Pain?
Image 2 – Fingers Should Be Supported
Image 4 – Stop Reaching
Don’t Do This – Relax Your Fingers
For your information, the average weight of an arm is around 7 kilograms.
By allowing the arm to hover i.e. not to be supported by desk top and or arm rest, the muscles around the shoulder area have to be continuously active. This will most likely result in unnecessary muscle tension. The weight of hand and arm on the mouse will cause unnecessary friction on the desktop and then moving the mouse may be difficult.
To work comfortably, you have to support the forearm preferably just in front of the elbow where the muscles are nice and thick. This is to prevent uncomfortable pressures on the arm.
If the forearm is not supported by desktop and/or arm rest of your chair, unnecessary tension is introduced into the shoulders and neck (Trapezius muscle).
Movements are preferably from the forearm, although for minute details you may move from the wrist.
Your muscles may need some time to get used to the relaxation the Handshoe Mouse provides. Your muscles will have to resettle. This may take some time.
Be aware, you may have been working for a long period of time with a regular mouse which requires extra muscle tension to handle. The Handshoe Mouse does not require this, it is the only computer mouse that allows you to work with minimal muscle exertion.
Weight Change Option
The HandShoe Mouse has been weight compensated to allow optimal relaxation for your muscles which are active when you move the mouse over the desk top.The optimal weight has been scientifically established.
To allow you to adapt the weight of the HandShoe Mouse, compensation weights can be removed. On the bottom of the mouse you will find the cover of the weight chamber (see picture). This cover can be removed and a number of platelets can be taken out.
We advise you to tilt, rather than lift the HandShoe Mouse when you want to move it without changing the position of the cursor on the screen. The mouse is fitted with a number of specific weights, which allow optimal muscle action and thus minimal muscle exertion.
This short video shows it all:
If you have difficulties controlling the cursor:
Check the cursor speed under general mouse settings of your PC. The cursor speed should be set at an average speed i.e. in the middle (See this video).
Check if any special mouse software is installed. If so, disable this software as it may hinder the correct operation of the Handshoe Mouse.
Space required for the HandShoe Mouse and Mouse pads
Although the Blue Ray Track models will work on almost every surface without a mouse pad, you may still want to use a mouse pad if the surface of your desk top is not smooth or may cause friction. In that case we advise using a mouse pad to reduce resistance when moving the mouse.
The Hippus mouse should slide comfortably over the surface and only needs a circular space of 21cm (8.5 inch), exactly like the Microthin solution below. So actually, the HandShoe Mouse only needs half an inch on both sides to cover the full screen movement.
Wireless version and battery power
To prevent the battery running down completely we advise recharging the battery on a regular basis, ideally once a week.
Please be aware that when the battery has run down completely it may take up to 20 minutes to re-charge the battery to a level where you can start working again. In that case it is possible that the communication between mouse and micro antenna needs to be re-established.
To charge the battery, your computer must be switched on.