Microsoft on Tuesday revealed the next evolution of ergonomic input devices collectively known as the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop. It’s a combination of the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, two products that are an extension of Microsoft’s Natural line of ergonomic gear that dates back nearly 20 years.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard features a unique split design that looks a bit different than anything you’ve probably seen to date. It’s designed to help position the wrists and forearms in a natural, more relaxed position. The palm rest is said to have a cushion-like feel and is raised to reduce wrist pronation.
Naturally (no pun intended), the board is optimized for Windows and features an array of hotkeys across the top for quick access to Windows 8 charms, media playback and snap controls. The number pad is a separate wireless device that can be moved out of the way when not in use – pretty nifty.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse was designed to complement the keyboard with a unique shape that encourages natural posture. It’s taller than most mice to reduce contact between the surface of your desk and the bottom of your hand to minimize carpal tunnel pressure while the angle puts your forearm in a more relaxed position.
Ergonomics aside, the mouse features a Windows button for quick Start screen access in Windows 8, a back button for easier browser navigation and a scroll wheel that allows for horizontal and vertical scrolling.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop will be available later this month at an MSRP of $129.95 while the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse can he had separately if you choose for $59.95.