Humanscale’s Switch Mouse Recognized Worldwide

Ergonomic Mousing Solution Wins 2008 iF Product Design Award


Karen Brooking


New York, December 5, 2007 — The International Forum Design has honored Humanscale’s Switch Mouse with its eighth prestigious design recognition, a 2008 iF Product Design Award. Dedicated to raising public awareness of and celebrating excellent design, the iF competition has recognized superior designs for more than 50 years. This year, the international panel of experts evaluated 2,771 products from 35 countries. iF will feature the Switch Mouse with other prizewinners in design exhibitions online and in Hanover, Germany, and in the 2008 iF yearbook, sold worldwide. Humanscale will also receive the coveted iF certificate.
Developed by the Humanscale Design Studio, the Switch Mouse is a revolutionary new mousing solution that brings unprecedented ergonomics to computer users. This groundbreaking peripheral device offers two new innovations—a V-shaped base, which minimizes wrist pronation, and a navigation dish that reduces muscle activity while allowing users to scroll in all directions. Additional features on the optical Switch Mouse include a patented size-adjustability feature that offers a custom fit, symmetrical design for left- or right-handed use, a built-in palm support to encourage safe wrist postures, and programmable buttons. The design accommodates natural arm positions, reduces repetitive motion stress, and provides customizable function and comfort for all computer users.
Previously, the Switch Mouse won the Gold EID award in appliance DESIGN magazine’s 20th Annual Excellence in Design Competition, an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award from the Consumer Electronics Association and a 2007 Good Design Award from the Japan Industrial Promotion Organization. At the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2007 Exposition and Conference, the Switch Mouse won a Gold Innovation Award. The design also earned top prizes at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2007 in Chicago, including a Gold Award in the 2007 Best of NeoCon competition and a Grand Prize in the Product Innovations Awards presented by Buildings magazine. In addition, the Switch Mouse took the top nod for Best Ergonomic Solution at Mixology07, an award program sponsored by U.K.-based mix interiors magazine.


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