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Designing AirO2bic Mouse™

Developments in dynamic techniques for analyzing muscle activity have in many respects revolutionized sporting performance by improving technique and also the tools that are employed. The founding research behind AirO2bic Mouse™ employed dynamic measurements of muscle tone to compare old and what is now a new mousing technique. While muscle tone measurements are not a specific clinical diagnostic they do provide an indication of the likelihood of physiological change, which can be used as a "benchmark", subject to the length and type of activity being performed, of consequence. That is to say that tasks that invoke a muscle tone response greater than 3% (considered as a resting level) will likely have physiological consequences, causing changes in the muscles in that region of the body which is being worked. If you are a body builder working to a program such change will likely be viewed as positive, cardio exercise, a 20 minute "burn" three times a week, will invoke, compared to body building, mild physiological changes that too are likely beneficial. What is not known however are the consequences of working extensively and continuously in a posture that invokes muscle tone in small muscle groups when under sedentary [sat at a desk] conditions? Most forms of exercise including manual labor tire so invoke a rest and recovery period. They are also performed under elevated respiratory conditions (heart and breathing rates raised) as oxygen consumption by larger muscle groupsí causes major blood vessel oxygen levels to fall sufficiently to trigger the sensor in the brain that increases heart and breathing rates.

The study that determined the design of the Quill computer mouse now known as the E-Quill AirO2bic Mouse employed three subject groups, a resting or control group, a group that worked pronated [palm down] and a third group using a prototype device (not the actual mouse of today) that placed the hand in a mid pronated [handshake] position. Both mousing groups followed a predetermined path across a mousing surface for a period of 45 minutes per subject. Under the analysis conditions described the average hand to shoulder muscles tone development in the pronated [palm down] subject group was 11%. For the mid pronated [AirO2bic MouseTM like] group it was 1.4%, half that which is considered to be at rest or likely invoke physiological impact.

Diagram E-Quill-AerO2bic Vs Palm Down Mice - E-Quill 1, Palm Down 10

This initial evidence was compelling enough to suggest it was now possible to manage one consequence of using a computer mouse, the likelihood of invoking physiological change. An outcome that many thousandís of our users are now benefiting from.

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