The Science behind the design - Contour Design
The infancy of Contour Design started with the interaction of our owner, Steve Wang, with a group of industrial design engineers. While working with Steve on another project, one of the engineers complained that he had developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after using a computer mouse for years. He was experiencing severe pain in his wrists and hands and found it difficult to continue working with a mouse. The two men talked and decided to see if they could design a computer mouse that allowed the hand to work in a beneficial posture that would eliminate the risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis
While conducting field studies for the new design, Steve discovered that certain subjects felt the benefits of the new mouse while others did not. He finally realized that his original design subjects were all about the same shape and size, therefore their hand sizes were approximately the same. He recognized that smaller test subjects had trouble keeping their hand on top of the device and using the buttons. To solve this challenge, he scaled the design up and down in size and also produced a number of "left handed" mice. This led to the seven different sizes that we currently offer. Three for left hand users and four for right hand users. Subsequent field studies validated that different sizes were crucial to enabling different users to enjoy the benefits of the ergonomic design.