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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Futuristic mouse pad delivers heated working surface

The first thing your mouse hand feels when you logon to the computer is an icy cold mouse pad surface. That alone can send chills througout your body. Working with your wrist and palm of hand on top of a cold surface for several hours is uncomfortable and painful. The cold can cause poor circulation problems and even encourage the onset of RSI (repetitive stress injury).

To avoid problems, to create a warm surface on the mouse pad, USB heated mouse pads are used. The heated mouse pad is made using a carbon fiber to create infrared heat. An infrared heated working surface soothes tired muscles and relaxes the hand making the blood flow and circulation problems fade or disappear. Heated USB computer gadgets have therapeutic qualities.

The heat produced by the USB heated mouse pad is not a "hot" surface heat. It's a very comfortable warm feeling. It's safe because it's made using a 5v heating element designed specifically for the USB port. Plus, the plastic trim lights to a soft blue color making the mousepad have designer appeal.

Heated mouse pads are available online through ValueRays or IGMproducts.com. Click here for more details.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Microsoft sues over patents



TomTom's GPS devices infringe on technology, software maker claims
By SUSAN DECKER - BLOOMBERG NEWS

Microsoft Corp. is seeking to block U.S. imports by Dutch navigation device maker TomTom NV after the two were unable to reach a patent-licensing agreement.

Microsoft said it filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington and a civil suit in federal court in Seattle. The software maker claims TomTom global-positioning system devices infringe five patents related to car-navigation technology and three for file management.

This is the second time in seven months that Redmond-based Microsoft has filed a trade complaint to force resolution of a licensing dispute. A case against Taiwan's Primax Electronics Ltd. over computer mouse technology, filed in July, was settled by December.

"When a pragmatic business agreement cannot be reached, we feel we have no choice," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's general counsel for intellectual property licensing. "We remain open to quickly resolving the issue with them."

He said Microsoft had tried "for more than a year to engage in licensing discussions" with Amsterdam-based TomTom.

Microsoft's licensing program, begun five years ago, opens the company's patents to anyone willing to pay for access to the inventions. The company has struck more than 500 licensing deals, including ones with traditional rivals such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc., Gutierrez said.

Microsoft, which had $60.4 billion in sales for the year ended June 30, doesn't break out how much it makes in licensing revenue from its patents.

Garmin Ltd., TomTom's biggest rival, has a licensing agreement with Microsoft over MSN Direct, a program that provides traffic, flight and weather information to GPS devices.

The GPS patents cover ways to run multiple applications, provide "more natural" driving instructions, integrate with other devices and access the Web, Gutierrez said. The file-management patents relate to ways to name, organize and access data and to work better with flash memory, used to store music and image files.

Electronics makers Alpine Electronics Inc., Pioneer Corp. and JVC Kenwood Holdings Inc. license the patents, Gutierrez said.

The ITC's job is to protect U.S. markets from unfair trade practices such as patent infringement. If it agrees to investigate Microsoft's claim, the agency could complete its inquiry within 15 months. The civil suit is likely to be put on hold until the ITC case is completed.

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A warmer mouse for Raynaud's cold hands

Raynaud's patients report cold hands and discoloration to the fingertips. When poor circulation makes it difficult to work, try infrared heated computer aids for therapeutic relief. There's no known cure for Raynaud's.


Raynaud's Disease - Treatments and Therapies
by FRANCIS ADAM

Raynaud's disease and Raynaud's phenomenon are rare disorders that affect blood vessels. These disorders are marked by brief episodes of vasospasm (narrowing of the blood vessels). Raynaud's is a condition in which the blood supply to the extremities, usually the fingers and toes, but sometimes also the ears and nose, is interrupted. This disorder is characterised by episodic attacks, called vasospastic attacks, that cause the blood vessels in the fingers and toes to constrict. Raynaud's syndrome can occur on its own, or it can be secondary to another condition such as scleroderma or lupus. Raynaud’s disease occurs more frequently in women than in men. Although it can occur at any age. It is estimated that 4 - 5% of the United States population is affected.

Causes

Doctors don't completely understand the cause of Raynaud's attacks, but blood vessels in the hands and feet appear to overreact to cold temperatures or stress.

When your body is exposed to cold temperatures, your extremities lose heat. Your body slows down blood supply to your fingers and toes to preserve your body's core temperature. Your body specifically reduces blood flow by narrowing the small arteries under the skin of your extremities. In people with Raynaud's, this normal response is exaggerated. Stress causes a similar reaction to cold in the body, and likewise the body's response may be exaggerated.

The symptoms include several cyclic color changes:

1. When exposed to cold temperatures, the blood supply to the fingertips, toes, nose, and earlobes of Raynaud's disease patients is reduced and the skin turns pale or white (called pallor) and becomes cold and numb. 2. When the oxygen supply is depleted, the skin colour turns blue (called cyanosis).

Treatment

There is no known way to prevent the development of Raynaud's disease. Further, there is no known cure for this condition. Therefore, avoidance of the trigger is the best supportive management available. Most cases of primary Raynaud's disease can be controlled with proper medical care and avoidance.

Many people are able to find relief by simply adjusting their lifestyles. Affected individuals need to stay warm, and keep their hands and feet well covered in cold weather. Layered clothing, scarves, heavy coats, heavy socks, and mittens under gloves are suggested because gloves alone allow heat to escape. It is also recommended that patients cover or close the space between their sleeves and mittens. Indoors, they should wear socks and comfortable shoes. Smokers should quit as nicotine will worsen the problem. Avoid the use of vibrating tools as well.

Non-medication treatment:

Biofeedback has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for some individuals. This is a technique designed to help a person gain control over involuntary body functions, such as skin temperature, heart rate, or blood pressure. Biofeedback training is necessary and several methods are available.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Heated mouse jokes will get somebody steamed!


Mouse Jokes
from FleNov.net

Let's start off with a classic and one of my favorite practical jokes. Without disconnecting the mouse, hide it somewhere. If the system block is set up on a desk, the mouse and its wire can be hidden behind it.

Now, put another, dummy, mouse, on the desk and throw its wire behind the desk to create the impression that it is connected to the computer. The most important thing is that the substitute mouse should look like the one that you have hidden. When your victim starts working, he or she will grab the sham mouse and quickly decide that it isn't working. It will be difficult for them to determine the root, as the computer won't issue any error messages (the computer knows that a mouse is connected - it's not its fault that no one is trying to use it) and a cursory inspection of the back panel confirms that the mouse is plugged in properly.

The same trick can be played with the keyboard, but a keyboard is more difficult to hide. If you hide it behind the computer, a cursory search will reveal it and putting two and two together will be relatively simple.

Another mouse-related trick is to simply remove the ball inside. This will render the mouse inoperative. It takes a while for novice users to figure out that the ball is no longer present. Those with more experience will notice right away that the mouse is significantly lighter (some balls account for as much as half of the mouse's weight) and will not be taken in. You should also try to play this one in the near future, as mice are rapidly going optical.

But this does not necessarily mean that the future will be bland, as optics form the basis of new vulnerabilities. Turn an optical mouse upside down and you will discover a lens in the hollow in its middle. It is simple enough is to cover this lens with something thin and opaque. Non-transparent scotch tape will do well for this purpose. The mouse stops working and, from what I've seen, the lens is about the last thing that the perplexed user checks.

The mouse can also be taped to the mouse pad or the desk with two-sided tape. The problem here is, of course, figured out pretty quickly, but this does not make it any less effective. Colleagues and friends with a good sense of humor should appreciate the joke for what it's worth.

ATX cases with a PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors are very common nowadays. These connectors are identical, so it is a snap to swap the plug places. In this case, while seemingly connected, neither the keyboard nor the mouse will work.

There's no danger to the system itself if you swap the places for the plugs while the computer is turned off, so nothing will burn out. Moreover, on computers with good motherboards, the mouse and keyboard plugs can be switched with the computer on. I experimented with hot swapping on motherboards from Asus, Abit, and Gigabyte without any adverse results. The only problem in this respect is that, when the plugs are returned to their correct connections, the mouse may refuse to work without rebooting. The keyboard is more compliant and works without rebooting. But this depends not only on the motherboard, but also on the type and version of the operating system.

Another trick is to switch the left and right buttons. This is done by selecting the Start/Control Panel menu sequence and then opening the Mouse item. This will open the mouse configuration dialog window. Put a check in the Switch primary and secondary buttons box. This will assign the left button function to the right button and vice versa. This is a rather simple joke that will generally only have at least a medium-term effect on novice users.

In the same mouse properties window, the mouse double click speed can be set to the maximum possible (Fast). Now, in order to double-click, the user has to develop a Speedy Gonzalez index finger. When I set the Double-click speed to Fast on my computer, I couldn't pull off a double-click operation, no matter how hard I tried.




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A heated mouse helps relieve RSI mouse hand pain


Mouse RSI Pain - Repetitive Strain Injury
from Self Made Minds

I had been suffering from mouse rsi last month quite badly, this was really starting to put paid to any small attempt at productivity as the pain in my right hand meant I was constantly taking breaks and with the kids on holiday my wife would suggest afternoon outings etc and I’d jump at the chance of relief.

I decided upon the Evoluent 3 vertical mouse, it looks strange but the theory is that your hand is in a handshake position which is more natural than the constant twisting of the forearm when using a traditional mouse. It was a bit pricey for me in the UK as it was shipped in from the USA. $59 for the mouse and $36 shipping.

It does feel strange at first and even after the 3rd/4th day I wasn’t sure if it was helping me at all. After the first full week though all pain in my hand had gone and now after using it for a few weeks I can fully recommend it to anyone, it feels natural, comfortable and responsive with lots of settings and my rsi pain has all gone, not a business tip but I am 100% sure it will help me be more productive in the coming months as I can concentrate better.


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A heated mouse is the best solution for RSI pain. The infrared heat rays soothe tired muscle strains and relieve tension. It relaxes the hand and helps improve blood circulation. If you suffer with Repetitive Strain Injury, click here and visit IGMproducts.com for a warm mouse.

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The Heated Mouse




by Ryan Block

Funny, we've always only had problems with our palms getting too sweaty when using our peripherals, but the Heated Mouse heats up to 102° Fahrenheit. Apparently it's intended "for those with poor circulation in your finger tips" ... is that, like, a veiled fat jab?

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Hmmmm.... the heated mouse heats to a 104° and it's used primarily to keep cold mouse hands toasty warm. Yup, a great item for poor circulation because the heat gets the blood warm and starts an internal healing process. A warm mouse is good for a variety of hand injuries, too. It's soothing, relaxes sore muscles and relieves tension in an overworked mouse hand.




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Cold office? USB heated mouse to the rescue


from DVice.com


We've seen no end of USB-powered heating gadgets — from mousepads to cushions to drink warmers — so why has it taken until now for someone to put forward the USB heated mouse? I mean, you're plugging that sucker into a USB port anyway. Beyond being really handy for any Inuit wandering around the frozen north in search of some free Wi-Fi, Thanko's USB Warmer Mouse II would be great for offices where the most common question is, "Is it getting colder in here?" And you don't have to swap equipment in the summer, since the heat is off with a mere flick of a switch.

Some Mac users may want to hold off, though, since the USB ports on Apple keyboards tend to be low-power (best to check, or find a powered port that you can use). Everyone else in need of a little heat can order one of these optical, 800-dpi for about $23. — Peter Pachal




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Hamburgers, Sports Cars, The Heated Mouse Showcase











Hamburger Computer Mouse
from NewDavincis

Price: $12.95
Hamburger Computer Mouse

Novelty computer mouse in the shape of a hamburger. This stylish computer mouse's features include:

Ergonomic design
PC mouse compatible
Tracking speed: 500mm/sec
Resolution: 250 dpi
Switch service life: 1 million X 3 clicks
Long 6' cable


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Not sure which one I like best..... Am I hungry? Or, do I want to get in the fast lane? I think I'll stick with my ValueRays Warm Mouse! It's hot!

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Warm hands, warm finger mouse? Heated topic....


Finger mouse is just plain weird
Mike Yamamoto

We first saw a finger-mounted mouse more than a year ago, but our opinion of the idea hasn't changed much since then.

Granted, there's a new version that's wireless, which addresses one of our biggest complaints about its predecessor. But the new 3D Optical Computer Wireless Finger Mouse still looks too cumbersome to use comfortably for those of us who type about as much as we breathe on any given day.

And even though it's supposedly more ergonomic than a traditional mouse, according to PClaunches, we still think a bit of contortionism is needed to work the scroll wheel and other controls. Besides, just the thought of it freaks us out because it looks like some kind of robo-leech stuck to the hand.


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Our cold mouse hand will be cramped using the finger computer mouse. We're trying to come up with ways to keep our computer mouse hand warm. I don't think the finger mouse will help. Looks very uncomfortable!

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Here he comes to save the day..... Mighty Mouse is on his way!

Apple, CBS sued over use of ‘Mighty Mouse’
by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld.com

Landover, MD-based Man and Machine (M&M) has filed a lawsuit against Apple and CBS for their use of the term “Mighty Mouse.” Apple uses the name to describe its computer mouse and CBS uses it for a cartoon character.

Filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, M&M says both Apple and CBS are infringing on its Mighty Mouse trademark. CBS and M&M are currently battling over the trademark, but Apple was brought into the fight because it licensed use of the term from CBS.

M&M recognizes that CBS has a trademark for the use of Mighty Mouse for its cartoon and clothing products. However, CBS has applied for a trademark for the term as it relates to a computer mouse. The application date is later than its own application, according to M&M.

M&M makes computer waterproof computer accessories targeted to hospitals and labs. In 2001 the company developed a waterproof mouse that it dubbed Mighty Mouse. M&M began selling its mouse in March 2004, while Apple introduced its mouse in August 2005.

“Because of Apple’s size, fame and large advertising budget, Apple’s use of the Mighty Mouse trademark has and will continue to overwhelm M&M’s use of its Mighty Mouse trademark and will cause M&M to lose the value of that trademark,” the lawsuit reads.

M&M is asking the court to declare the licensing deal between CBS and Apple invalid and enter a permanent injunction restricting Apple from using the name. The company also wants Apple to destroy all products, packaging, prints, wrappers and signs that infringe the trademark.

While M&M didn’t specify a dollar amount, it is seeking damages, attorney fees, interest and costs.




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Heated Mouse has a comment to make about all this.....


Mighty Mouse was my hero as a child. Please don't worry. Mighty Mouse will save the day!






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Turn up the heat: Waterproof mouse in hot water!






Mighty Mouse 5 Waterproof Mouse Review
by Shane McGlaun

Today we are going to look at the Mighty Mouse 5 from Man & Machine. The mouse is covered in silicon and is totally waterproof and can be disinfected.

The Mighty Mouse 5 is the mouse counterpart to the Really Cool Keyboard that we looked at last week. The mouse is perfect for the average computer user who needs a mouse that can stand up to water and be disinfected when needed.

Review excerpt: “Overall, the Mighty Mouse 5 is very good and the added ability to sterilize the mouse to prevent germs from causing illness and the waterproof design this may be the perfect general use mouse in a shared computer setting.”


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Must Have Checklist: Choosing a Computer Mouse




by YUNG TRANG

Upgrading a mouse may seem like an insignificant improvement compared to a new hard drive or monitor, but a mouse can make or break a computer user’s experience. Slow, inaccurate and uncomfortable mice can distract away from important tasks and frustrate even the most advanced users – not to mention ruin a perfectly good score on the latest computer game.


Today’s mouse is a whole different animal than the clunky trackball mouse of the 80s and 90s. Bluetooth capability for high velocity wireless connectivity, laser tracking for pinpoint accuracy, programmable buttons and tilt wheels for advanced functionality and sleek, ergonomic lines have transformed this peripheral into a powerhouse.

There are five different kinds of mice to choose from:

Wireless Mice

Wireless mice connect to your computer through a receiver plugged into a USB 2.0 jack or using Bluetooth technology. They come in all sizes and styles. Since they operate on standard battery power, a distinct decrease in performance can be noted near the end of battery life. Indicators on most mice warn you when it’s time to switch to new batteries.

Wireless mice tend to have a bit of a delay compared to corded mice (USB more than Bluetooth), but for most users it’s difficult to detect. Gamers are more likely to find the delay frustrating.

Corded Mice

Although connecting a mouse to a computer with a cord may seem like an “old-fashioned” way of doing things, sometimes nothing beats the speed of a wired connection. Tugging on a cord that keeps sliding back behind your desk may be worth it if you can beat your best score or design a presentation that much faster. And you never have to dig around in a panic for a couple batteries.

It’s always good to have a corded mouse on hand when your computer has serious problems or you’re building a system. A corded mouse will always work, while a wireless mouse only works once drivers have been installed – which in some cases is impossible.

Laptop Mice

These “mini mice” are smaller in stature but just as powerful as standard mice. Their size makes them portable and easier to use in small spaces like on airplane tray tables. Some are wireless, while others sport retractable cords.

Tablets

A whole new approach to “input devices”, tablets are flat surfaces on which you write, draw and point with a pen-like mouse. They have “touch rings” for scrolling and zooming. With many different levels of pressure sensitivity and programmable switches on the pen, tablets are all about comfort and convenience. Some come with a battery-free compatible mouse and different pen tips for artistic ease. Tablets provide a whole new level of power over your computer, but take some effort to get used to.

Trackballs

Modern trackballs stay in place while you manipulate a large rolling ball with your thumb and forefinger. Control buttons and a tilt wheel provide all the features of other mouse styles. These mice are heavier than other mice, so if you’re in the habit of picking up your mouse off the mouse pad, you’ll find these to be awkward. Keep in Mind

• Laser vs. optical – mice that use laser technology are going to be more precise than optical or LED technology

• Weight – a sleek-looking mouse may become a burden if it’s too heavy for whizzing about

• Mouse pads – hard plastic mouse pads, or those with pictures, can interfere with mouse performance. Consider sacrificing style for a plain, soft, pliable mouse pad.

Before you buy your new best friend, consider that the mouse that works well for someone else may not work well for you. Take some time to consider how you use your current mouse, and what design will be most comfortable for you at the end of a long day of pointing and clicking.


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We're adding one more type of computer mouse, and it's the heated computer mouse.




Is constructed of a durable plastic and designed using a 5V carbon fiber heating element. The best heated mice are therapeutic in nature and soothe tired hands and sore muscles. Infrared heat is a healing source of heat rays. The infrared heat penetrates the skin's layers and enters the muscle tissue. About 20-30 minutes of infrared heat treatment daily can create positive results for a person with hand pain. If you or someone you know complains about a cold mouse hand, a heated mouse is for you.


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Trust Xpertclick MI-2520p USB Mini Optical Computer Mouse




from Computer Mouse

Optical mouse is a widely used one because it is performs very faster than other computer mouse. The famous company Trust has come up with their new model of optical mouse named Trust Xpertclick MI-2520p USB Mini Optical Computer Mouse.

Features
Trust Xpertclick MI-2520p Computer Mouse includes 3 buttons in it, which suits to both of your hands. This model has a compact design making it very attractive and the power consumption of this unit is very low as well. For comfortable grip this device has a rubber layer at the top. The mouse is suitable for USB connections. Maximum movement resolution of the unit is 800 dpi

Movement detection technology used in this mouse is optical movement detection technology which makes the movement very faster. Connectivity technology used in this is wired. Cables included with the product are 1 x USB cable. Supported Os with the device is Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP. This model includes a scrolling wheel that makes the movement faster.

Dimensions of this Trust mouse include a width of 5.7cm, a depth of 9.7cm and a height of 3.4cm. Warranty given by the company to this outstanding mouse is a limited period of 2 years.

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Wooden computer mouse lends classy touch of nature



By J Mark Lytle


Pricey, but better than those wood-look mice made with sticky-back plastic. Modern life getting you down? Tired of endless bad news on telly. Then why not add an old-fashioned touch to your life with an all-natural computer mouse.

Well, monoDO, the Japanese company behind the Play Mouse says it's all natural, but we suspect the innards may owe a little to modern engineering. Still, replacing that nasty plastic shell with real wood is a start.

Walnut topping. The ¥9,800 (£57) Play Mouse is currently available only in Japan and comes in a choice of maple or walnut. Maker monoDO says it enlisted the help of a band of master carpenters to make the mouse, but we just wish they'd stuck to plywood and made the thing a hefty chunk cheaper.


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I wonder if a wooden computer mouse is capable of being designed to heat. The heated computer mice are all molded plastics. Although it's nice looking, I don't think the wooden mouse is a practical gadget. It's very expensive and does not look very comfortable to hold.

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Microsoft Arc Computer Mouse Review






from Digit Geek & Dooby Brain


Don’t go by its looks, the Microsoft Arc Mouse is a fully functional mouse which isn’t just supposed to sit on your mouse pad looking pretty, but is also very comfortable and ergonomic. Normally, one doesn’t associate style with computer mouses and the Arc Mouse is set to change that. It is priced a bit higher than most mouses, but then style comes at a price. It can be folded into a mini mouse or used in the normal way, it impresses either way.




The back portion of the Arc mouse folds in to make the entire device as compact as possible so that you can stuff it into your bag or laptop case without taking up too much space. When the back portion of the mouse is extended, the center of the mouse becomes elevated with a hollow space that lifts the hand into a comfortable sitting position.

Microsoft Arc Mouse Specs:

Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches
Weight: 3.1 ounces
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X, Linux
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Battery: 2 AAA / 6 months
Price: $50
Review:

The Microsoft Arc Mouse sports a superb design, it is very stylish and slim. It is available in black and burgundy and looks very classy. It is very light and feels nice to use. The unusual form factor actually improves your productivity, you will get used to it pretty soon. You can also fold the mouse to 60% of its size and convert it into a regular laptop mini mouse. It has a range of about 30 feet with the 2.4 GHz wireless USB transmitter. When not in use, you can plug in the receiver inside the mouse to save battery life.

It has a normal scroll wheel nestled between the two buttons. It is powered by 2 AAA battery which comes with a status LED which indicates when the battery is low by glowing red. The batteries should last for about 6 months. When used with Windows Vista, you can install the Microsoft IntelliPoint software to make it work with Flip 3D.

The Arc Mouse is a laser optical mouse and hence is much more accurate than regular LED optical mouses. It works on almost all surfaces and has just the right amount of sensitivity. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Pros:
Nice Design
Foldable
Superb Performance

Cons:
Expensive






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If Disney has its way, Mickey Mouse will be more interactive


By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mickey Mouse and his buddies may become more animated and interactive in the future because of a new Disney association with Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, where the world's favorite rodent and his ilk will be the subjects of animathol, robotics and other technologies for the Disney film, resort and entertainment empire.

Ed Catmull, president of Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, announced formation of two laboratories this week during his keynote address at SIGGRAPH 2008, the world's largest computer graphics conference ends Friday in Los Angeles.

Disney also will open a lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, known as ETH Zurich. Both universities will help foster new technologies for Disney's Parks & Resorts Division, Disney Media Networks, ESPN, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Disney Interactive Media Group and Pixar.

"Creating the next generation of sophisticated technologies requires long-term vision and collaboration with world-class innovators," Catmull said, noting that the labs will strengthen Disney's commitment to research and development.

Jessica Hodgins, a Carnegie Mellon professor of computer science and robotics and newly named director of Disney research, Pittsburgh, said the first goal is to create ways for robots and virtual characters to interact with people.

"We'll be looking for ways to sense what a person is doing or thinking so that the character can respond appropriately," she said. "Whether the character is a robot or a virtual creation, the interaction issues are the same. We need to figure out what sensors to build and how to interpret and respond to human behavior."

Under the five-year contract, Disney will provide Carnegie Mellon with funding for a director and as many as eight researchers. Most projects also will involve faculty and students, with lab staff encouraged to teach university classes.

Carnegie Mellon stands out with its expertise in computing, robotics, human interaction and entertainment, said Joe Marks, vice president for research and development for Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation.

"CMU is No. 1 in the world, and that was obvious to Disney," he said, noting that advances in computer technology led to creation of Pixar and its documented success with computer graphics and animation in such films as "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."

Developing a relationship with Carnegie Mellon represents Disney's attempt to create "the perfect collaboration of industry, academics, art and science," Marks said.

One goal is "to make a park experience that is more interactive and responsive" to people.

Marks said the company will provide guidelines and goals, but also adopt a "bubble-up philosophy" to allow researchers to work on ideas that show promise.

"That's part of the magic of it," he said. "The principal investigators are world-class people who develop their own research."

— Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service


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How Computer Mice Work

The first computer mouse



The Computer Mouse Inventor, Douglas Englebart



from HowStuffWorks

Mice first broke onto the public stage with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh in 1984, and since then they have helped to completely redefine the way we use computers. Every day of your computing life, you reach out for your mouse whenever you want to move your cursor or activate something. Your mouse senses your motion and your clicks and sends them to the computer so it can respond appropriately.

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Inflatable Computer Mouse - Warm Air Balloon?











Jelly click _ mouse for laptop
from portfolio, D E S I G N O D O U B T

Portablity is very important for a laptop mouse. Emphasis on portablity results in decrease of the usability and vice versa. 'Jelly click' is a flat type portable mouse that can be used by being inflated satisfying both portability and usability of a laptop mouse. When deflated the user can fold it up for a convenient portability and when inflated and in use a feeling as if you were tou-ching a soft jelly or even a balloon can be felt.


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Filled with warm air, I wonder how long the inflated computer mouse stays firm enough to work? Certainly would not want to have to interupt my day constantly filling the computer mouse with more warm air!

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How to use computer mouse




by RAVINDERJEET SINGH

Learn how to hold the computer mouse: Hold the sides of the mouse with your thumb on one side and ring finger or pinkie, which ever feels more comfortable to you, on the other side. Your index finger goes on the left button and your middle finger on the right button. (Some computer mice only have one button, some have several, and some have a wheel which you can use your middle finger to depress the wheel then turn it up or down to scroll pages very quickly or slow depending on how quickly you turn the wheel. Personally I love the wheel and would not have a mouse without it!) When you are told to 'click' use the button under your index finger, or the left button.

Learn how to move the computer mouse: Slowly slide the mouse around on the mouse pad. See what happens to the arrow on the screen as you slide it around.

Do you need a mouse pad: You should have a mouse pad under your mouse, (although the new optic mice do not require one). You will have an array of choices when purchasing a mouse pad; find the one that is comfortable for you. Rest your hand on the mouse pad or desk and move it slowly, there is no need to lift the mouse off the mouse pad unless you run out of room, then you just lift it up and reposition where needed. You don't need to move the mouse to the left or right, simply slide it left or right with the buttons still facing away from you.

What does clicking do: Clicking sends a command to the computer. To click, gently press and release the left computer mouse button. Be careful not to move the mouse while you are clicking, if you accidentally do simply slide the mouse back to where you want to click and try again. Try to keep you hand relaxed on the mouse as you press and release without lifting your finger completely off the button.

You are Done - Great job! That is all you need to know to start using your computer and that mouse. Keep working on it and before you know it, it will feel like second nature to you and you will not even have to think about what you are doing.


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How To Choose a Computer Mouse


Tracking Technologies

Mechanical mice - Mechanical mice were the first ones used on computers, and can still be found for sale, despite the advances of tracking technologies. These mice feature a hard ball on the underside that rolls as the mouse is moved, and rollers inside the mouse allow the physical motion to be translated to the pointer on the screen. Optical mice - Optical mice replace the whole ball/roller assembly of mechanical mice with a beam of a light and an optical sensor. Optical mice have several advantages over mechanical mice. Although mice generally aren’t heavy, the elimination of the ball and roller mechanism allows an optical mouse to be much lighter than a comparable mechanical mouse. A clean desktop is generally good enough, but those looking to take the precision of optical mice to the highest level may opt for a performance “mousing surface”. Laser mice - Laser technology is the latest and greatest in computer mice tracking, and takes the advantages of optical to a new level.


Most of the attributes of a laser mouse have been described in the optical mouse section, except for one. The Logitech MX1000 laser mouse may be the mouse for you if you are looking for extreme precision. PS2 - PS2 mice were the standard for a long time, as all motherboards provided two PS2 ports for connecting a keyboard and a mouse. It seems that just about any mouse now uses USB to connect, whether it is a wired mouse, or any variety of wireless mice that we are about to look at.

Wireless Connection Technologies

This generic wireless mouse operates on the 27MHz frequency and the mouse itself is powered by AAA batteries which are not included. The A4Tech ND-30 RFID wireless mouse must be used with the included mouse pad in order to function, but there are no batteries in the mouse, and no cords on the mouse to get in the way. Features Buttons – Most mice (except for a Macintoch’s) include at least two buttons.




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Computer mouse - A song & animations





from LOVING ENGLISH

Look at the picture on this page. Do you know the words for the things in the picture? Where is the mouse? And the mouse mat? And the keyboard? And the screen? And the speaker? Use a dictionary if you need help!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MY COMPUTER MOUSE



Here is the first part of the song.


I’ve got a mouse
I play with every day
He runs across the mat
And his tail is long and grey
He doesn’t like cheese
He likes playing games
He’s not afraid of cats
He hasn’t got a name

He’s my computer mouse
He’s my double click, single click
Run around the mat computer mouse
Left click, right click, double click. OK!

Song and lyrics by Andy Henley/Tym King
Animation by Cambridge English Online Ltd






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Computer Mouse - Heated, Chilled or On the Rocks!

from Computer Mouse

It is difficult to imagine the functioning of a computer without the use of a mouse. With a mouse all the functions can be coordinated well and results in better output. Belkin PS/2 F8E812 Computer Mouse is an efficient unit that brings in the true performance of an efficient mouse. Perfect grip is offered with its compact design and one can use it better for enhanced operation.

The simple tool controls the overall functioning off the computer. Selection, navigation and browsing seem to a simple activity with this unit. PC is the supported platform included with cable as its connectivity. User friendly interfacing is made possible with operating systems like Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows 98. Since the unit is wired you can use the unit more effectively. This unit is compatible with PS2.

Continuous and unhindered operation is made possible by this Belkin computer mouse. The efficiency of the functions of the computer is depended upon the powerful operation of this unit. Smooth movement allows the user to handle the unit properly. Belkin PS/2 F8E812 Wired Computer Mouse redefines the overall performance of the computer. Give your computer system a perfect company with this unit.


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Choosing an Ergonomic Mouse That is Right for You




author: Rebecca Beckett

Choosing the right ergonomic equipment for your office space can make a world of difference. It might mean coming home feeling less physically tired or stressed because your body will feel so much better. There are many different types of ergonomic mice in the world today. Several examples include the finger mouse, the wireless mouse or the mouse pen. Here are a couple tips that you should follow when looking for that perfect ergonomic mouse for you.

Hand Position Consider the position your hand is in when it is on the mouse. Make sure it feels comfortable and allows your hand to remain in a natural position. When standing, your hand should fall at an angle. Many ergonomic mice may have an angled surface to imitate a natural position.

Rest your Wrist If you don’t have one already, make sure your mouse has a wrist rest. It should be connected to the mouse pad so that it remains stationary and allows you to completely rest your wrist. Generally you will find these rests made out of a gel or flexible type of material to provide ultimate comfort. And actually, it should be your palm resting on the rest and not your actual wrist.

While these two ideas may seem common and simple, they need to be used more in the workplace. Employers need to provide their employees with the necessary equipment. Let’s face it – we use our mouse so frequently – it is an obviously essential piece of office equipment. This is why it is one of the hottest selling items in the computer market today.

One of the main ways that the mouse has changed over the years is that developers have created the infrared movement sensor. This has allowed the mouse to become more ergonomic and has eliminated the need for the roller ball. Next, they made it wireless. No more wrists jerking to loosen up those tangled cords. And, you must admit, it’s nice not having to clean out that roller ball when it gets clogged.

Okay, so you’ve shopped around and have chosen your new ergonomic mouse. You’ve positioned it on your desk just right with the wrist rest. Even with the top of the line ergonomic mouse, ergonomic experts still say that using keyboard shortcuts whenever possible is still much better for you and probably faster in the long run too. Even though you may now have the best ergonomic mouse – don’t forget about the other things too. Make sure you have a good chair and that you are sitting up straight in it. Consider a footrest. Why not try out an ergonomic keyboard. Think about a glare filter on your computer screen to help with those headaches. And above all else – take a break! Rest your wrists, your eyes, your back and your head. Take a deep breath and stretch.

One thing is certain: we spend a lot of time at our desks. It is essential that we create the perfect ergonomic workspace. From the office chair we sit in all day to the keyboard we type each e-mail on – it’s all essential. However, don’t forget that small piece of office equipment it is so easy to overlook: The ergonomic mouse.


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Analyst Predicts Computer Mouse Obsolete in Five Years

Douglas Engelbart invented the Computer Mouse 40 years ago.



by Donald Melanson from Switched

As you may have noticed, we're not ones to put much stock in analysts' predictions, especially when they involve the demise of something as entrenched as the mouse in as little as five years. Still, that's the limb Gartner analyst Steve Prentice has walked out on, sort of.

While he first qualifies things a bit by saying that the mouse "works fine in the desktop environment but for home entertainment or working on a notebook it's over," he later seems to get considerably more definitive in stating that "the idea of a keyboard with a mouse as a control interface is the paradigm that I am talking about breaking down" (the keyboard, he says, is here to stay).

In place of the mouse, Prentice sees things like facial recognition systems, multi-touch, and even devices like OCZ's mind-reading Neural Interface Actuator taking over. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to start practicing thinking really hard so we don't get tripped up during the transition.



Douglas Engelbart today


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The computer mouse is 40 years old. I think it will be around for awhile, don't you? The touch screen technology works for hand held devices, but think about the strain it would create if we had to reach across a desk top to touch our big screen monitors!


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An Ode to the Heated Computer Mouse circa 2004




A Heated Computer Mouse
by Ed Matlack
Sunday, February 22, 2004


“A Heated Computer Mouse”


Technology has come so far today,
The things they can do go far,
Beyond what they actually can do or say,
So, with this in mind, why can they not,
Bring out a heated mouse, for our cold hands…

Yes, a heated mouse, would be a great thing,
We could feel warm all over, including our hand,
I find it is the only place I feel cold, even when I stand,
Short of wearing gloves, short of sitting the heater,
Right on the table in front of me,
How about this wonderful technology,
Giving us a heated mousie…

Computers can do everything else, almost,
They can even find & take pictures of a ghost,
So what is the problem with making the mouse warm,
I ask this of you out there in computer land,
Is this not a good idea or am I being bland…?


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Stress and cold mouse hand heated relief


Do your hands get cold because of stress? Or do cold hands cause stress? I think it's a two-way street when it comes to cold hands. There are number of causes. Emotional stress can cause your computer mouse hand to get cold. This is in part due to the medication taken to treat the stress. Hypertension, stess, anxiety and nervous tendancies may require certain medications. These medications can cause cold hands. If suffering from stress or tension is part of your everyday lifestyle, or if the medication you are taking to control these medical conditions causes your hands to become cold, the warmth created by an infrared heated mouse can provide relaxation and a soothing work experience.

Warmth for Raynaud's Disease sufferers. There's no known cure for the phenomenon known as Raynaud's Disease, but there are ways to help the Raynaud's sufferer be more comfortable. A warm, heated mouse helps create a comfortable mouse hand experience for a person with cold hands. Most Raynaud's sufferers report cold hands, feet and extremeties due to spasms which cause blood vessels to tighten and close. The Raynaud's attacks can be brought on by a number of things, including the onset of cold weather, a drop in temperature and emotional or mental stress.






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ValueRays Infrared Heated Computer Mouse


The ValueRays Infrared Heated Computer Mouse is made using a carbon fiber heating element. Carbon fibers create infrared heat. Infrared heat is a healing source of warmth for cold hands and it has a detoxifying effect on the blood. We accumulate toxins in the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Smoking and the use of nicotine add toxins to our system and can cause cold hands. Infrared heat helps to remove the toxins in the blood cells picked up through smoking and through other environmental activities, even in some of the foods we eat and the air we breathe. An infrared heated mouse when used for 20-30 minutes daily can help rid the body of these unwanted toxins.

Humans pick up toxic by-products in the food we eat and the air we breathe. We also pick up toxins in medications and by handling certain materials. The toxins accumulate in our blood and go undetected until we become ill. Infrared heat helps to remove these toxins from our blood by effectively ridding the body of unwanted, harmful environmental toxins and inhibiting bacterial growth from these toxic substances.




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Certain medications cause cold computer hand


Some medications decrease the flow of blood to the extremities causing cold hands and a cold mouse hand and mouse hand fingers. Your hands feel cold in normal room temperatures due to some medications. A warm mouse will help compensate for the decrease in blood flow and the infrared heat will actually increase blood flow through the blood vessels which decrease the chances of poor circulation.

There are a variety of medical conditions people deal with daily which have cold hand symptoms and side effects. These people could benefit from using a heated computer mouse. Some of the medical conditions include: Raynaud's disease, low thyroid levels, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and many other medical conditions can produce cold hands. Sometimes these conditions make your entire body feel chilled and cold. An infrared heated mouse can keep you feeling comfortable even when others don't feel cold.


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Air conditioned rooms call for a warm heated mouse


People associate heated computer gadgets with the winter, but they forget about the rest of us who live in the desert heat of scorching temperatures most of the year. We survive in cranked up air conditioned rooms with cold air circulated by ceiling fans. For those of us who suffer with a cold mouse hand, a warm computer mouse feels good all year. During the winter when temperatures drop, the heated mouse delivers a cost-efficient heat source to your hand and body. In the summer, when air-conditioning is used to cool a room or office space, the heated computer mouse takes the cold edge off your cold mouse hand.

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Heated Mouse for OT Interventions

There's nothing that feels better for an injured hand than a heated computer mouse. Well, maybe a heated mouse, a heated mouse pad and a mouse hand warmer blanket would feel the best, but when your hand hurts, the healing infrared heat rays soothe the pain and make it easier to work.

Hand injury can prevent a person from working. That's when an Occupational Therapist intervenes and provides healing recommendations and procedures. Many work-related hand injuries are computer related. One of the most common is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapists report an increase of hand injuries due to the increased amount of computer use. The importance of ergonomics is at an all-time high. The use of healthy computer gadgets will assist in creating a productive and healing work environment. The infrared heated computer mouse assists a worker's rehabilitation after hand injury during and ongoing throughout the rehabilitative, healing process.


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Cold mouse hand responds to heat




A cold mouse hand is not uncommon. If you experience a cold mouse hand a heated mouse is right for you. The low 5 volt infrared carbon fiber heating element is very safe for use at home or at work. Plug the USB cord into the USB port when using the heated mouse and turn it "off" when the heat is not needed. A heated, warm computer mouse produces relief or prevention of the ill effects of medical conditions related to cold hands and computer use. Some of these items include, and are not limited to Muscular & Joint Hand Pain, Stiffness, Stress, Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis, Poor Circulation, Raynaud's Disease and Diabetes.


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Valuable infrared heat rays warm computer mouse hand fast!

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When purchasing a new product, an educated consumer is the best buyer. That's why IGMproducts.com created a Learning Center filled with information about the heated computer mouse. The USB connected warming mouse is an ideal addition to your computer gadget collection. If you, or someone you know, suffers with cold hands or a cold mouse hand, this product is ideal. Alone the heated mouse serves a purpose, and when combined and used along with our other ValueRays heated computer gadget products, the perfect mouse hand environment is created. IGMproducts.com is an authorized reseller of ValueRays heated gadgets.


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Warm mouse pad heats just right

ValueRays just announced a new product which will be sold online for USA computer gadget shoppers. The price will be the best found anywhere and it will include free shipping and no sales tax. The ValueRays brand specializes in infrared heated computer devices. They are designed with USB connections to make computer work more enjoyable when the temperatures drop in your office or home computer area. To learn more about the healthy effects of infrared heated computer mouse pad and mouse, please visit ValueRays.com.





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Avoid Surgical Treatment for Hand Pain

Take care of your hands! ValueRays Infrared Heated Computer Devices


When surgery is needed for the hand, consult a trained plastic surgeon. In the meantime, keep your hands healthy. Use infrared heated computer devices: a warming mouse and a heated mouse pad.


Article By Aazdak Alisimo

The opposable thumb is said to be the thing that separates us from other animals. This means our hands are very important, a fact verified if you think about how useless you would be without them during a day. When health problems with your hands crop up, there are a lot of procedures that can help.

What can go wrong with your hands? Well, a wide variety of things. Still, arthritis is a major problem as is hand trauma. You know. Bashing your fingers with a hammer or accidently cutting them off. Whatever the occurrence, a treatment exists.

Although your hands can do amazing things, trauma can occur when you overdue it. The pain and agony you feel is tendon damage. Like a rubber band, tendons stretch, but only so far. Tendon surgery is well understood, but it can take three to five weeks to recover.

Joint replacement surgery is another type that many patients suffering from arthritis undergo. This surgery consists of replacing a natural, non-functioning, joint with an artificial one. Various materials including metal, silicone rubber, and plastic are used in this type of procedure.

Ever spilled something hot on your hands? If it is hot enough, it will burn your skin. Surgeons use skin grafts to help you heal. The burnt skin is removed and the grafts placed on the area. Your blood circulation then helps them heal as part of your hand.

Everybody knows someone who has lopped of a finger accidently. Replantation surgery is the medical term for putting those fingers back on. If the finger is lost or cannot be used, artificial ones are often used that will look a bit off, but work like a normal finger.

Plastic surgery even has procedures tailored to hands. Ugly veins, skin issue and the like can all be addressed. This is a relatively new and specialized field, so make sure the surgeon you are using has plenty of experience so nothing goes wrong.

If you are a candidate for reconstructive hand surgery, you should know that complications from this type of surgery are minimal. Almost all patients recuperate from these procedures without any trouble at all. The good news is that you will have the use of your hands once this surgery has been completed.

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Heated Mouse Pad Supports Cancer Walk



The Desert Hot Springs Relay for Life cancer walk is scheduled for May 2-3, 2009. To make a donation, to walk, or to sponsor a team, please click here.


We support the B-BAR-H Ranch - We BAR Cancer Team. To read more about the Relay for Life, visit the American Cancer Society, click here.

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Infrared heat therapy mouse pad computer devices




The ValueRays infrared heated mouse pad is made with a carbon fiber. Carbon fibers product infrared heat. Infrared heat is a source of healing for people who suffer from hand injury or hand pain. The warm mouse pad generates a steady flow of infrared heat while a person is using it at the computer.


Infrared heat is absorbed by cells, causing a physical phenomenon called "resonance." The cellular activities are instantly invigorated, resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved metabolism. The increased blood circulation, but not blood pressure, stimulates the tiny blood vessels in the skin to expand accommodating the increased blood flow.



Toxins in our bodies are generally acidic. Where toxins accumulate, blood circulation is blocked. Infrared heat therapy is effective in expanding clogged capillary vessels and successful in dissolving the toxins into the blood and out of the body via urine and perspiration.



Infrared heat relieves pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing circulation. Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process. Recent health and medical studies name Infrared heat as a successful treatment for arthritis, rheumatism and muscle pain.



Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel) accumulate in the body everday. The body eliminates most toxins naturally by sweating and urination, but the process is sometimes slow. Infrared heat therapy stimulates the detoxification process. Infrared heat technology simply speeds up the body's natural process.




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Warm mouse pad provides infrared heat



An infrared heated mouse and an infrared heated mouse pad help detoxify the body of unwanted toxins. When toxins are present, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. The body's immune system is inhibited, which makes it difficult to fight disease. When Infrared heat is applied, the large water molecules in our bodies containing toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, lead, mercury and chlorine vibrate and are broken down. The encapsulated toxic materials and gases are then purged from the body through the skin, during urination and perspiration.




A warm mouse pad will not make you perspire, that's for sure, but it will give you at least 20-30 minutes of infrared heat therapy daily to help improve blood circulation and provide a warm surface for your mouse hand. Infrared heat is healing. When used consistently, positive results are achieved. It's not fun to sit and work at the computer with a cold mouse hand.




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Infrared heated mousepad warms cold mouse hand


Hand pain? Cold mouse hand? Sore wrist? An Infrared heated mouse pad helps dilate blood vessels, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation allows more oxygen to get to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Infrared heat has also been used extensively in the treatment of arthritis, rheuematism, muscle spasms and pain relief.


Infrared heat has been used for over 30 years in hospitals incubators for premature babies. Nasa uses Infrared heat in manned missions reconizing the health and safety benefits for the Astronauts.






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Raynaud's for heated mouse pad hand




Warmth for Raynaud's Disease sufferers is the purpose of ValueRays heated computer device products. When hands are cold, the entire body feels chilled. There's no known cure for the phenomenon known as Raynaud's Disease, but there are ways to help the Raynaud's sufferer be more comfortable. A warm, heated mouse pad helps create a comfortable mouse hand experience for a person with cold hands.


Most Raynaud's sufferers report cold hands, feet and extremeties due to spasms which cause blood vessels to tighten and close. The Raynaud's attacks can be brought on by a number of things, including the onset of cold weather, a drop in temperature and emotional or mental stress.




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Detoxify with Infrared Heat - Use heated mouse and heated mouse pad!



Humans pick up toxic by-products in the food we eat and the air we breathe. We also pick up toxins in medications and by handling certain materials. The toxins accumulate in our blood and go undetected until we become ill. Infrared heat helps to remove these toxins from our blood by effectively ridding the body of unwanted, harmful environmental toxins and inhibiting bacterial growth from these toxic substances.


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Arthritic hands love heated mouse hand surface




Heat therapy is one way to treat arthritic joint pain. The warming infrared heat generated by an USB heated mouse pad penetrates deeply through skin layers into the muscles and joints. Infrared heat has been used for many centuries by Eastern medicines. It's now available in computer devices, and the infrared heated mouse pad is ideal for painful hand joints. The warming mouse pad can actually help loosen and prevent joint stiffness. Research indicates 20-30 minutes of infrared heat therapy daily improves circulation and produces positive results.


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Heated mouse pad for carpal tunnel syndrome





There are ways to prevent Carpal Tunnel. Infrared heat is one way to keep blood circulating in the mouse hand. Infrared heated computer devices are available online through ValueRays.com and its authorized resellers.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common hand ailments experienced by many computer users. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. A warm mouse pad can help increase blood circulation to the tendons and reduce the chances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from occuring. When proactive approaches like using an infrared heated mousepad are practiced, some Carpal Tunnel problems are reversible or can be avoided altogether.


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Computer work productivity responds to warmth



When you feel comfortable, productivity increases. Not only does the infrared heat help increase blood flow, it also helps increase a person's productivity. When a person feels cold, they tend to slow down. When warmth is generated from a heated, warm mouse pad, a person feels relaxed and more eager to work. Versus a cold work environment, productivity is enhanced in a relaxed, warm work environment.


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Cold weather predicts our reaction to heat




Weather predicts our body's reaction to cold. When it's cold outside our body reacts with chills and an uncomfortable feeling. When we sit still at the computer, the chills seem to magnify. Warmth from a heated mouse pad can help eleviate the chills by delivering a steady, even flow of infrared heat rays to our hand, thumb, palm of hand, arm and body.


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Aches & Pains: Computer Hands Need Heat

Diagram of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome



Even if you don't have Carpal Tunnel, you should be using a warm mouse and warm mouse pad in a proactive approach to prevention. Warmth and heat is soothing when your hands hurt. Painful hands are not uncommon for computer users. Fingers, thumbs, palms, wrists, etc. ache, and these aches & pains come and go depending upon our actvities and the amount of time we sit and work at the computer. A warm computer mouse pad surface helps relieve the pain by increasing blood flow, expanding blood vessels and increasing blood circulation.


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Soothing mouse hand surface infrared heat pad



Stress is part of our everyday life. There's no way around it, and there's no way to avoid it. People think stress happens only when something bad happens, and that's not true. Even good things happening cause stress. And, each of us react to daily stressors in our own unique way. Hypertension, stess, anxiety and nervous tendancies may require certain medications. These medications can cause cold hands. If suffering from stress or tension is part of your everyday lifestyle, or if the medication you are taking to control these medical conditions causes your hands to become cold, the warmth created by an infrared heated mousepad can provide relaxation and a soothing work experience.


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Heat for cold hand medical conditions




There are a variety of medical conditions people deal with daily which have cold hand symptoms and side effects. These people could benefit from using a heated computer mouse pad. Some of the medical conditions include: Raynaud's disease, low thyroid levels, anemia, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and many other medical conditions can produce cold hands. Sometimes these conditions make your entire body feel chilled and cold. An infrared heated mouse pad can help keep you feeling comfortable even when others don't feel cold.


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Nicotine causes cold hands... did you know?



Smoking and the use of nicotine can cause cold hands. Infrared heat helps to remove the toxins in the blood cells picked up through smoking and through other environmental activities, even in some of the foods we eat and the air we breathe. An infrared heated mouse pad when used for 20-30 minutes daily can help rid the body of these unwanted toxins. Infrared heat has the power to heal and repair.



Massive Smokers

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Infrared heat increases blood flow to fingertips



Some medications decrease the flow of blood to the extremeties causing cold hands and a cold mouse hand and mouse hand fingers. The fingertips contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the human body, they are also the richest source of tactile feedback so that sense of touch is intimately associated with human hands. When your hands feel cold in normal room temperatures due to some medications, a warm mouse pad will help compensate for the decrease in blood flow and the infrared heat will actually increase blood flow through the blood vessels which decreases the chance of poor circulation.


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Cost-efficient heat source for computer users - the heated mouse pad

A warm computer mousepad feels good any time of the year, winter, summer, spring or fall! It all depends upon the reaction of cold to the palm of your hand and thumb areas. Cold creates a tightening of muscles. The warmth relaxes muscles and tension in the hand. During the winter when temperatures drop, the heated mouse pad delivers a cost-efficient heat source to your mouse hand. When your hand is warm, the comfort travels to the rest of the body. In the summer, when air-conditioning is used to cool a room or office space, the heated computer mousepad takes the cold edge off your mouse hand.

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Therapeutic heat at work for hand injuries




Occupational Therapists and Hand Therapists report an increase of hand injuries due to the increased amount of computer use. The importance of ergonomics is at an all-time high. The use of healthy computer gadgets will assist in creating a productive and healing work environment. The infrared heated computer mouse pad assists a worker's rehabilitation after hand injury during and ongoing throughout the rehabilitative, healing process.

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ValueRays Heated Mouse Pad with 4-Port USB Hub



ValueRays uses a low 5 volt heating element for the warm mouse pad making it very safe for use at home or at work. Plug the USB cord into the USB port when using the heated mouse and or pull the plug when the heated mouse pad is not needed.


The trim shown around the mouse pad in the photo lights to a soft blue color when the mouse pad is plugged into the USB connection. It's a good reminder the heat is still on and should be turned off when your computer day is done.

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Mouse pads are cold to the touch



Mousepads are cold to the touch regardless of the fabrication. A soft mouse pad is cold, a hard mouse pad is even colder. After long use, a mouse hand, the palm of the hand and the wrist area get extremely cold because it's resting on a cold surface. The ValueRays infrared heated warm mouse pad eliminates the cold surface making it easy to work for longer periods of time without a cold mouse hand.

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Natural Sunlight Heat or Mouse Pad Warmth?



A heated mouse pad warms the hand in the same manner as natural sunlight without the harmful UV rays. The deep penetrating infrared heat rays travel through the skin's layers deep into the muscle tissue. Along the way, blood circulation increases, toxins are removed, and the healing of stiffness and pain is experienced.


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Healthy surface heat for your mouse pad


Not enough is said about the healing effects of infrared heat. Now, available as a warm mouse pad, the infrared heat produces a healthy surface for your mouse hand. The infrared heated mouse pad is designed using a carbon fiber. Carbon fibers produce infrared heat. The warm mouse pad delivers a steady level of infrared heat on the surface of the mousepad. It doesn't get "hot" and it won't melt your computer mouse. The warm mouse pad's heating element is under the smooth mousepad surface creating a comfortably warm mouse pad. The pad's surface is warm, making a comfortable resting place for the mouse hand, the palm of the hand and the thumb.

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WristRight for the Mouse Pad is Heated

Gental Heat System with Soothing Warmth and Soft Gel Support


from As Seen On TV

Gel Padded
HI/LOW/OFF Heat Switch
Heated to Comfort your Hand
Low Voltage Power Supply Cord
Fold Out Feet For Adjustable Height
Relaxes Hand To Help Relieve Sress and Pain


Relief or Prevention for:
Hand Pain
Stiffness
Stress
Carpal Tunnel
Arthritis
Poor Circulation
Raynaud's Disease
Diabetes


Includes:
The WristRight Wrist Warmer Unit
8" long x 3 1/8" wide x 1" deep
Low-Voltage power supply plugs into standard 110V supply
Extra Long Wires for easy possitioning
Toggle Switch for HI, LOW, and OFF settings


RELIEF OR PREVENTION FOR:
Hand pain, stiffness and stress, Carpal tunnel, arthritis, Poor circulation, Raynaud's disease, diabetes

SIMPLE LUXURY
Even at normal room temperature, a warm "feel" to the objects that touch our skin, such as a real wood desk top rather than a cold plastic laminate, has been a time-honored mark of luxury. Indulge yourself! This product FEELS GREAT.

SMOKING, MEDICATIONS
Drugs that decrease the flow of blood to the hands and fingers make your hands feel cold even when the temperature is fine. Now, there is a way to compensate.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Raynaud's disease, low thyroid levels, anemia, diabetes, heart disease and many other common medical conditions can produce cold hands. Sometimes these conditions make your whole body feel cold when others are comfortable. Your heated wrist rest keeps YOU comfortable too!

STRESS
Occasional nervous tension and anxiety states will make your hands feel cold. Deadlines and workday stresses can trigger cold and clammy hands- embarrassing if you need to shake hands with others. Soothing heat from your WristRight is there when you need it, providing a touch of relaxation.

PAINFUL HANDS
HEAT IS SOOTHING when the body hurts. Those suffering from arthritis, and other painful conditions of the hands will want to try gentle heat while working as a pain relief strategy.

COLD DAYS
You can't change the building temperature, but you can TURN UP THE HEAT in your wrist support, giving you just the amount of heat you need. The warm gel conforms to your wrists, producing an efficient transfer of heat to your hands, and to your whole body - no more chill!

PRODUCTIVITY
Cold people and cold hands are slow! This touch of warmth could be an EXTRA EDGE in helping your hands and brain move just a bit faster.

Why support your wrist while using the keyboard?
Constant muscle tension produced in your neck and shoulders by holding unsupported weight of hands and forarms while using the keyboard or mouse gradually causes significant discomfort. Heavy workloads add to stress and tension.

Why a gel-based wrist rest?
The nerves and tendons serving the hand are close to the bottom surface of the wrists. Gel distributes the weight evenly, helping to prevent damage to these delicate structures. Gel also distributes heat evenly.


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Mouse Pad Computer Accessory Adds Useful Functionality

Hub Computer Mouse Pad beats the heat!





Computer Accessories Adding Useful Functionalities To Computer
by Pradeep Singh Tomar


An accessory is an additional item for products that helps in contributing to its utility. Computer Accessories Media Storage Device is very much in use nowadays.

An accessory is an additional item for products that helps in contributing to its utility. Computer Accessories Media Storage Device is very much in use nowadays. There are many computer accessories available in the market such as Mouse Pad, USB and Fire wire Products. These computer accessories add useful functionalities to a computer. A buyer has a tough time in selecting the right accessory for his computer as the market is cluttered with many different products, brands and types of accessories. Some accessories come along with the computer when it is purchased. There are many others that users purchase separately. There is common prospective for the buyers to shop for the discount as pricing is the key factor.

A computer can not alone meet the purpose that is why, computer accessories are very common. You have to modify your computer with the accessories that increase its efficiency. There are innumerable computer accessories that help the best for your benefit and make the most of the desktop facilities and programs. In most of the situations, you may get some of these items along with your computer. At the very least, you should get speakers and a printer with it. You need to be aware of the things you are buying and most of all you need to be sure that they work with the computer you have.

Some of the manufacturers make these Computer Accessories that go with their own product line. However there are many other manufacturers too who make universal items that will go with any computer. These accessories come along with separate software that you need install first. The efficiency of your computer will be easily replaced with a high performance oriented Hard disk, mother board, computer RAM, DVD ROMs and DVD writers, processor, monitor, mouse and key board.

The computer accessories need to be checked properly before their usage for example before changing the mouse of your desktop, the status of the existing one should be checked once. Optical keyboards are also available apart from the normal key boards in the accessory kit. The normal keyboard is replaced with the optical keyboard to experience an increase in its performance level. In the same fashion, small screen sized monitor for a large screen size could be easily replaced.

Durability and high performance level are assured by branded computer accessories. The capacity of the computer and its ability to adopt change needs to be checked first before purchasing any of the computer accessories. This information is very helpful when you are ready to buy a computer accessory.

World of cables is a leading name specializes in giving the up to date services simplifying connectivity for business and home users. Whether you need Flash Memory Cards, Computer Accessories, PDA Accessories, MP3 Accessories, PC Cables, Chargers, Apple / Macintosh, Adapters & Connectors, Switch Boxes/Converters then you have to the right place. The author of this article is Pradeep Singh Tomar, an Internet Marketer and Online Retail Analyst by profession. Currently, Pradeep is associated with Worldofcables, LLC – a California based company and has been delegated to market and promote its in-house project worldofcables.com.




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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heated Conversations on Mouse Pad Reviews

ValueRays Heated Mouse Pad


Nova Microtech Mousepad
by Don Haynes

Micro? Tech?


How smooth does your mouse move? Today, I get the pleasure of checking out the Nova MicroTech gaming mousepad. Compared to some of Nova's other mousepads, the MicroTech is a bit smaller than others. For that reason, I decided to check this one out using my laptop and wireless mouse.

As I mentioned in my previous Nova review, their mousepads have the uncanny ability to stick to anything but water, and even that is negotiable. The MicroTech is no different. Sitting in my living room, I stuck the pad to my coffee table beside my laptop. It's hard to turn away when Sci Fi is doing their 31 Day of Halloween. So with Warwick Davis jabbering about gold in the background, I proceeded to check out the pad.

The laptop I am testing on is my Latitude D600, which is what I use for most of my writing. I recently purchased a Gear Head wireless mouse to use with it, and have had no problems out of it so far. So I figured rather than hook up a wired mouse for the testing I might as well use what I would normally use anyway. Gotta get some real world use out of the products, right?

Here are a few details to get you going while I play around with it:
The first NOVA mouse pad designed specifically for optical mice, laser mice and trackball mice! Besides having a comfortable and pleasant feel, the MicrOptic+ optical mousepad fully optimizes the optical mouse's infrared beam detection and delivers absolute precision, even in medium-quality optical mice.The MicrOptic mouse pad , has now evolved to fit the specifications of all mice by adding a textured layer on top.

I spent ample time surfing the net with it, and noticed no disruptions in the way the mouse moved. So after a little while I decided to just play WoW for a while and see if the mouse improved my gameplay any. A higher dpi is supposed to improve the mouse's functionality and responsiveness. So I loaded up the game and grabbed a new Vanilla Pepsi out of the fridge. Time to kick some kobold ass.

I noticed during my gameplay that movements in the game seemed much less fragmented than they were before. I keep my resolution set at 1028x786 with a refresh rate of 85Hz, which is pretty standard for the 15” screen on my laptop. The latency in game is usually pretty good at this setting, so I try not to deviate too far from that. That being said, I notice when things in the gameplay are a little off or a little better, and this pad did improve the play a bit.

As I pointed out before, the stickiness off the the porous bottom is damned nice for keeping it in place. I don't know if you've ever had your mousepad shift a little while gaming and the laser beams off the surface of your desk. When that happens, it's always at the most inopportune times and you end up seeing the ceiling of some warehouse while the other guys are straight up fragging your ass. Stick is good, my friends.

My final conclusion is that this is a very nice pad, more than capable of being stored in a laptop bag or used on the desktop for your heavy machinery. I wasn't too fond of the sparkled surface. Glitter is something that could have been done without, but it's there and there's nothing I can do about it. I don't plan on showing up to any LAN parties with it in tow, so I'm not going to fret over it. All in all, it does the job it sets out to do, and in the end, that is what sets the good apart from the mediocre.

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Nova Raider 6000dpi Mouse Pad Review
from Jonny Guru

I hate mousepads. They slide all over the place, they stain, and they start to smell funny after a couple of keg parties. Mine usually sits on the opposite side of my keyboard, with a drink on top of it so I don't ruin the finish on my desk. Frankly, I never even saw the point of them after the advent of the optical mouse. Back in the days of the trackball I understood it, you couldn't get those damned things to work on any other surface.

In reality, before the world of hardcore computer gaming came along there really was no need for the mousepad for the optical mouse. Nearly any surface would do the job. But as mice got better, and their DPI resolution improved well into the thousands, your standard desktop surface just didn't do the trick anymore. So people like Nova came along and decided to make sure you were getting the most out of your $75 mouse. @ OCModShop


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Warm mouse pad heated without chills

ValueRays Heated Mouse Pad creates a warm surface for your hand and wrist


USB heated mouse pad warms, it does NOT melt the mouse as one critic said. That's absurd. The ValueRays warming mouse pad creates a nice comfortable warm surface for your mouse. It does not get hot. It warms just enough to take the edge off the normally cold mouse pad surface.

The surface of this mouse pad is very smooth. It's not a rubber pad, it's a hard, smooth gaming mouse pad surface. Below the surface runs carbon heating fibers. The carbon fibers generate infrared healing heat.


For more details about the healing effects of infrared heated computer devices, visit ValueRays.com. To read more about the heated mouse pad, visit IGMproducts.com.



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Analysts Say Computer Mouse Going Extinct

The First Computer Mouse (above)

The Warm Mouse by ValueRays.com (above)

The computer mouse has come a long way in the past 40 years. Some people claim it's near extinction. We think NOT!




by Shane McGlaun

According to analysts from research firm Gartner the computer mouse that has been with us for decades is set to die out in the next five years. The firm believes that the mouse will be replaced by facial recognition and touch screens.

According to Gartner the replacement will be seen in gaming devices as well. The Wii and iPhone are pointed to as two examples of how navigating electronic devices and games doesn’t require a mouse.

Despite predictions of the end of the mouse era, the firm says that the keyboard will hang around as the input method of choice for text. Personally, if speech to tech technology improves I can see the day when we simply talk to the computer and say what we want it to type out.

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Cold mouse hand heated relief

ValueRays heated mouse available at IGMproducts.com


When your mouse hand starts to hurt, when your thumb feels the pain from working all day at the computer . . . there's relief! A heated mouse creates a soothing experience for your mouse hand. If your hand is cold, it's now warm. If you hand hurts, there's relief from the healing heat. ValueRays heated computer mouse uses a carbon fiber to generate infrared heat to the mouse hand. The deep penetrating infrared heat rays are healing and soothing. Research shows 20-30 minutes of infrared heat daily produces healing effects. It actually cleans the blood of toxins and make blood flow more easily in hands with poor circulation. If you suffer with cold hands or painful mouse hand, click here to read more details about the healing effects of an infrared heated computer mouse.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Heated mouse pad: Rest your wrist on warmth

Photo of the human body absorbing infrared heat from the sun

A heated mouse pad creates a warm surface for your mouse hand, the wrist and the palm of your hand. The next time you sit at the computer, notice the cold mouse pad under your hand. The cold surface actually sends chivers through the body. Our specialty is USB heated computer devices using carbon fibers to create infrared heat. Infrared heat is penetrates deep into the skin's layers to the muscle tissue. A heated mouse pad creates a warm soothing surface for your mouse hand.

Not sure how much time you spend sitting in front of a computer, and if you are reading this, I bet you spend at least a few hours everyday mousing your way online. There's tons of data available about the ill effects of computer overuse; especially for people who do not use the computer in a healthy manner. By healthy, I refer to proper ergonomics. Yet, even with proper ergonomics in place, there is still the risk of ill effects of overuse; especially overuse of the mouse hand.

There are an endless number of hand ailments and medical conditions with cold hand symptoms and side effects. Some of these ailments include arthritis, tendonitis, Raynaud's phenomenon, diabetes, migrain headaches, poor circulation, alcohol abuse, cigarette addiction, and the list goes on and on. Cold hands when trying to get computer work completed are annoying and painful. Not only do they cause pain to your mouse hand, cold hands actually become numb, and fingertips feel as though they are frozen.

Exposed hands working at the computer need warmth. If you work in a cold room, office or a drafty space, it is wise to use a heated computer mouse. A heated mouse generates warmth through the skin's layers penetrating the muscle tissue. There are a variety of heated computer devices using an USB connection and many of them use a carbon fiber which transmits infrared heat. Infrared heat is known to create a healing effect for sore muscles. The Eastern cultures have been using infrared heat for centuries. The sun is a natural source of infrared heat. The nice thing about an infrared heated mouse and heated mouse pad is getting all the benefits of the sun without the harmful UV rays.

Further research indicates 20-30 minutes of infrared heat daily can actually provide healing results. So, if you're like me, an USB infrared heated mouse and heated mouse pad would certainly be a welcomed relief for cold mouse hand pain. A heated mouse stimulates the flow of blood, and in turn reduces stiffness in finger and wrist joints. If muscles are sore, the heated mouse will penetrate deeply to soothe aching muscles.

Chemical toxins in the blood are a concern today with all the food we eat and the air we breathe. The infrared heat generated by the warmth of an USB heated mouse helps to detoxify our system of the unhealthy toxins. The heat releases the toxins from blood cells ridding the body of unnecessary toxic build up.

Massage therapists use heat to relax muscles. Why not use heat at home while we work? Keep your mouse hand relaxed, your blood flowing to reduce poor circulation and detoxify your system with the use of an infrared heated computer mouse and heated mouse pad.

If you enjoy the feel of the sun's heat on your face on a warm summer day, then you'll truly enjoy the warmth of a warm mouse and warm mouse pad while you are sitting at work in front of a computer!

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Is this a mouse warmer or a mouse hand perch?

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Odie's Day at Work
by Heather Seden

Occasionally I will take my lovebird Odie to work. I haven't taken him for probably six months, because he had just gotten too unruly. He would spend all of his time walking all over my hands while I tried to type.

I decided today, now that he had gotten a little older, to try it again. He did much better. He spent lots of time sitting down on my "mouse hand."
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Cold snap means misery for Raynaud's Syndrome sufferers


By Laura Coventry

As we struggle to cope with the UK's coldest winter in 13 years, spare a thought for the 800,000 Raynaud's sufferers in Scotland who experience crippling pain in their hands and feet in chilly weather. Most youngsters cannot wait to play outside after a snowfall, but Glasgow mum Mehrin Arshed is unable to venture out with her 13- month-old daughter Khadijah. That's because 29-year-old Mehrin suffers from Raynaud's, the debilitating condition which causes her hands and feet to go blue and brings constant pain and discomfort.

This suffering intensifies during a cold snap.

Fortunately, Mehrin comes from a large family (she is the second oldest of seven siblings), so little Khadijah does not miss out on enjoying the snow. The full-time mum, who is originally from Dumbarton, said: "I want her to have as normal a life as possible. All my sisters are very helpful and if I can't go out, they take Khadijah out in the snow. She doesn't miss out, but I do.

"It's horrific, the pain in my hands and feet and joints is absolutely unbearable.

"If I go outside, I am confined to my bed for the next two days. No matter how well you try to wrap up, it doesn't help.

"I try to lead as normal a life as possible and not to let Raynaud's restrict my life, but if I do certain things there's always consequences afterwards. My joints will flare up and I will have sore hands and feet."

Mehrin, who is married to Muqtadar Siraj, 29, believes she has been experiencing symptoms of Raynaud's - an incurable condition where blood is prevented from reaching the extremities of the body - for many years before diagnosis. But getting medics to take her illness seriously proved a tough challenge for the young mum.

She said: "I always had cold hands and cold feet, but my hands used to swell up and go blue a lot. I didn't know why.

"Doctors did not know what was wrong with me.

"I used to Google my symptoms on the internet then go to my doctor and say 'maybe I have got this'. I was called a hypochondriac, another doctor thought I was an attention-seeker. It was frustrating.

"I thought 'I am in too much pain for this to be in my head'.

"I knew something was wrong and I always kept trying to find out what it was. I would advise others to keep on at their doctor."

But it all came to a head in 2005 when Mehrin was hospitalised for seven days and was bed-ridden for a month. During that time she lost her appetite and her weight plummeted to five stone. This was related to an underlying condition, of which her cold hands/cold feet condition, Raynaud's, is a symptom. However, doctors still did not know what was exactly wrong with her. Finally she was diagnosed with lupus, a condition that is often difficult to detect. Lupus, which affects Mehrin's joints, is an autoimmune disease that causes antibodies to attack the sufferer's own body tissues instead of protecting them.

It was first suspected by Mehrin's beauty therapist, who discovered a rash on her face. She remembered, from a course she had studied, that this could be a symptom of lupus - and she was right. But just a few months later, Mehrin was back at the doctors insisting there was more to her cold hands and feet. That's when Raynaud's was also diagnosed.

Often Raynaud's is the first symptom of other underlying conditions such as scleroderma or lupus. Coincidentally, younger sister Shanaz, 22, is also a sufferer. Now Mehrin always wears thermal gloves - outdoors and indoors - and never leaves the house without her hot water bottle. Although her conditions are managed with a cocktail of steroids, painkillers and other drugs, and regularly swimming which helps soothe her pain, Mehrin is still in constant discomfort.

She added: "I suffer a crippling pain when I touch anything.

"Carrying heavy shopping bags can trigger a flare up in my hands.

Even turning on a tap, washing my face or clenching a fist is so painful.

"Nobody really understands the pain unless they go through it.

"During the winter months it's worse, all my joints are affected. I love hot weather. I was in Italy last year and it was amazing. I felt so normal for the week I was there.

"The only thing keeping me in Scotland is my family."

Battling lupus, Raynaud's and arthritis are not the only illnesses the mum-of-one has to contend with. She also suffers from the blood-clotting condition Hughes Syndrome, which was diagnosed after she sustained a blood clot in her left lung while pregnant with Khadijah in 2007. Because of the potentially-fatal threat to mother and baby, Khadijah was delivered four weeks early, weighing 5lb 7oz. Despite living with her health conditions, Mehrin remains upbeat and said: "The best advice I could give anyone is try to lead as normal a life as possible and don't let it get you down.

"I used to stay in my bed for days when my joints were too sore.

"It is difficult but the more you try not to let this health condition take over your life, the happier you will be."

Fiona Trotter, spokeswoman for Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association, said: "At this time of year, with freezing temperatures and snow on the ground, Raynaud's can be quite distressing for sufferers and should be taken very seriously.

"If you can imagine the pain when your fingers are trapped in acar door - this is the type of excruciating pain experienced on a day-to-day basis by people with Raynaud's."

Mehrin is speaking out about her experience with Raynaud's to mark Raynaud's Awareness Month (February 1-28). For a free information pack about Raynaud's and handy hints on keeping warm, call 0800 917 2494 or visit the website www.raynauds.org.uk For more details about lupus see www.uklupus.co.uk

'The pain is unbearable. If I go outside, I am confined to my bed for days'

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Cold hands, warm heart is a myth, scientists reveal

Whether it's a myth or not, when your warm hand hits a cold mouse pad it feels the cold. It feels like ice. Using a warm mouse pad removes the cold surface and transforms it into a warm, soothing mouse hand work surface for your hand, wrist and palm. Try it here.



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By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

The old adage that cold hands often conceal a warm heart has been dispelled by scientists, after they found how physically warm you are has a direct correlation to how nice you are to people. People holding a warm cup of coffee were found to be more generous and charitable - particularly about others - than individuals holding an iced coffee, the study found. The researchers believe the effect relates to childhood when emotional warmth given by a parent was often accompanied by the physical warmth of being held or hugged.

The Yale University research seems to disprove the old saying 'cold hands, warm heart' which has generally been seen to describe how a cool exterior often disguises a kind heart. To test the theory the scientists, who reported their results in the journal Science, carried out two studies involving a total of 94 undergraduates.

For the first they presented half the unwitting participants with a hot or ice cold coffee and then asked what they thought of a stranger after a brief meeting. They found that holding a hot cup of coffee led people to judge the stranger to be a "warmer" person, in terms of traits such as generosity and kindness, compared to a group of people who held a cup of iced coffee. In the second study the researchers had people, who thought they were evaluating a product, hold either a warm or cold object - hot pads or cold pads as used in muscle therapy- and then given a choice of reward for participating in the study: either a gift for a friend, or a reward for themselves.

The study found that people who held the hot pad were more likely to choose the gift for a friend, and people who held the cold pack were more likely to choose the reward for themselves. "It appears that the effect of physical temperature is not just on how we see others, it affects our own behaviour as well," Professor John Bargh, a psychologist who carried out the study. "Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer - more generous and trusting - as well."

His co-author Lawrence Williams, who has since moved to the University of Colorado, said he thought the effect related to childhood. "As a young child or infant, being held close by a care-giver with love and affection leads us to develop a concept of what it means to be a warm person, or to feel interpersonal warmth," he said. "But during those learning experiences, children are simultaneously being exposed to physically warm temperatures, through close contact with another human being."


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End mouse hand pain and numbness now

Computer users protect their mouse hand using hand warmers for carpal tunnel relief. The heated mouse, warm mouse pad inside a mouse hand warmer blanket creates the perfect mouse hand environment. For more details about these products, please visit the manufacturer's website at IGMproducts.com or ValueRays.com.
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Treat Carpal Tunnel Without the Need for Surgery. Did you know that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is now the most common reported medical problem in the workplace? According to Dr. Jeff King of Quincy, Il director of King Clinic, "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for nearly 60% of work related injuries. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimate that Carpal Tunnel costs $27 billion annually in medical treatment and lost income."

Carpal Tunnel affects the nerve function of the hand. Common carpal tunnel symptoms include aching of the hands and wrists; hands that are numb and tingly; trouble holding objects; diminished hand strength. Carpal tunnel is most common among women between the ages of 40 to 60 but affects men and women of all ages and occupations.

Dr. King is having good success treating carpal tunnel without the need for surgery. "Chiropractic care offers exciting opportunities to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in a noninvasive way. A new study shows chiropractic to be equally effective to medical care, without the need for surgery" says Dr. King. “Surgery should be the last resort. In 80% of the cases where surgery has occurred, the symptoms have returned within two years.”

Dr. King offers new patients a complimentary office visit with a $10 donation to the Quincy Fire Department. Dr. Jeff King, D.C. is located at 707 N. 24 (the Pella windows building) in Quincy. Telephone: 217-641-0644.


For further information contact: Dr. Jeff KingPhone: (217) 641-0644

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mouse hand clicking and hand pain


Do you have hand or elbow pain when you click a mouse? Does you hand become weak from mouse clicking? Do you think you are alone in your pain? If you answered yes, keep reading. I have heard from more people lately about how painful it is for them to click a mouse. Now most people would say that is ridiculous. How can a simple mouse cause pain?

Well I am going to tell you it can and does. With the use of various kinds of software mouse clicking is the only way to achieve your end result. Now with scanners in the work place mouse clicking is taking off in leaps and bounds.Hand pain from clicking a mouse is going to escalate out of control if it hasn’t already.

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Wrist pain calls for warm mouse pad

Using warm mouse pad gadgets help relieve wrist pain and tendonitis. Infrared heated USB computer mouse and heated, warm mouse pad used inside a mouse hand warmer blanket (pictured above) creates a soothing mouse hand experience. For more information about these products, visit IGMproducts.com.

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Simple steps will ease wrist pain
By DR. HARLAN SELESNICK

Q: I am a 22-year-old law student who has pain in both my wrists. I do not recall hurting it playing sports or working out. A friend said that it may be from using the computer so much, taking notes in class and writing briefs. Usually the more I use them, the more they hurt.

A: It is very common in individuals who use a keyboard with great frequency that they will develop wrist and hand pain.

The most common problem is a form of tendinitis, which is an inflammation of the tendons from overuse. Another common cause of pain on the palmar side of the hand and wrist, which may also include numbness, is carpal tunnel syndrome. This too is often caused by overuse, which can result in compression of the median nerve in the hand and wrist.

Taking a mild anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen and varying the height of your keyboard may be helpful in decreasing your symptoms. Occasionally over-the-counter wrist splints, which can be obtained at most pharmacies, can also provide relief. However, if symptoms persist, I recommend that you see your family doctor or a hand specialist to improve the problem and keep it from recurring.

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Amazon promotes warmer mouse


Do you sit at the computer with a cold mouse hand? Amazon has the solution. It's a mouse hand warmer blanket pouch to hold your favorite computer mouse and mouse pad. We use a heated mouse and heated mouse pad inside the mouse hand warmer blanket. The heat is generated by the USB devices and is insulated inside/underneath the blanket pouch. It's a very warm experience. Click here to see and read about the Mouse Hand Warmer by ValueRays.

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Warming Up To Far-InfraRed - heated mouse pad

There are many types of heated mouse pads on the market today. The best of the heated mouse pad is made using a carbon fiber. Carbon fibers generate infrared heat. Infrared heat is a healing, deep penetrating heat. When used daily for 20-30 minutes, relief to tired muscles, aches and hand pains are felt. To read more about the positive effects of Infrared Heat Computer Devices, visit ValueRays.com.

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Warming Up to Far-InfraRed:

For many, the biggest news in FIR [Far-InfraRed] technology is its application to the evolving science of detoxification, and the device being used is the Far-InfraRed sauna. At home and in clinics, these saunas are said to yield many benefits-- including relief from different kinds of pain; stimulation of immune response; improvement in skin tone and conditions such as burns, eczema and acne; and the accelerated burning of calories. But the detox application is health news that can benefit everyone. "Traditional wisdom has suggested that saunas work largely by promoting detoxification through sweat," says John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P, A.B.C.T., Medical Director of the Cline Medical Center and Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. " Several published studies have now shown that this hyperthermic [sauna] therapy can bring about the rapid removal of a wide range of toxic substances from the human body."

The FIR energy emitted in these saunas may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110 to 130 degrees F, compared with 180 to 235 degrees F in a conventional sauna. Many individuals who cannot tolerate a conventional sauna, steam room or sweat lodge will find FIR saunas pleasant. The lower heat range is also safer for those with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures don't dramatically elevate heart rate or blood pressure.

Dr. Cline points out that methods to induce sweating have been used for centuries to bring about improved health and relief from disease. "Over 2,000 years ago," he says, "the famous Greek physician, Parmenides, stated 'give me a chance to create fever, and I will cure any disease." This traditional wisdom has certainly stood the test of time. Using methods ranging from hot mineral baths and sweat lodges to saunas and steam baths, individuals have enjoyed the revitalizing effects of induced hyperthermia-- the artificial elevation of body temperature.

"Sweat therapy has also been used for many years by miners in Europe to prevent and treat occupational heavy metal poisoning, and studies have now demonstrated that hyperthermic therapy can bring about significant detoxification from heavy metals including mercury. But only in recent years has science begun to seriously examine this age-old healing technique. Now, organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have taken a serious look at hyperthermic therapy as a means to detoxify individuals who are ill from exposure to environmental poisons."

Randy Gomm of www.infraredsauna.net, based in Vancouver, became a distributor of FIR saunas after his life was turned around by detoxification. As a firefighter, his health had begun to deteriorate until he was no longer able to work. He was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and eventually it was realized that the root of his problem was toxic overload due to environmental exposure. During the eight years he was ill, he says, he had a lot of time to research alternative modalities to regain his health. "I discovered that leading researchers in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome stated that their patients had high toxic loads," says Randy. "When their loads were reduced, their symptoms often improved dramatically. It worked for me. Detoxing really helped put me back on my feet."


Environmental medical specialist Doris J. Rapp, MD, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a well-known pediatrician, allergist, homeopath and past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, states unequivocally, "Everybody in this country needs to be detoxified because we've all become toxic dumpsites." Dr. Rapp began using a Far-InfraRed sauna personally after seeing a similar procedure being employed in a German clinic. She was impressed with the clinic's work in detoxifying young children and infants. Dr. Rapp affirms that her FIR sauna causes her to perspire profusely, and she adds, "I'm hoping to see more patient outcome studies on FIR sauna use-- studies that will further evaluate the efficacy of this treatment and impartially evaluate the various saunas."

Hyperthermic detoxification using these saunas is not only uniquely helpful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body but also as an adjunct to mercury removal. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., of Seattle, who has been called "the holistic doctors' doctor and teacher," is one of the pioneers in combining the use of FIR saunas with the chelating agent DMPS in a heavy metal detox protocol.

Dr. Cline explains, "Since hyperthermic sauna therapy removes metal contaminants from the body by a different mechanism than chelation therapy we have found that it may be used to further the benefits derived from chelation therapy. And we have also found that it may be an alternative for those who are unable to undergo chelation.

" Research conducted by U.S. scientists has demonstrated that close to 80% of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome will improve markedly by a guided detoxification program. The program involves nutritional optimization of detoxification using a low-allergy diet and UltraClear Plus, a medical food product designed at the Functional Medicine Research Center in Washington. This approach, called enterohepatic resuscitation, is being used by healthcare practitioners around the world. We combine this approach with hyperthermic therapy using the Far-InfraRed sauna, as well as exercise and chelation. The results we are seeing are very promising."


Tissue Cleansing & Your Health... “Many of the illnesses facing modern society have strong links to the environment. Cancer rates are rising every year with all fingers pointing at the lifestyles and environment of our population. Diseases virtually unheard of twenty years ago, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, now exist in epidemic numbers and these numbers continue to rise with each passing year. Many people wonder why they feel exhausted, their head seems to be in a fog, and they so frequently have to live with pain. The stress of accumulated toxic substances may be a primary factor in the poor health of millions of North Americans. There are now hundreds of thousands of toxic chemicals released into the environment daily. Heavy metals, pesticide and herbicide residues, solvent residues and by-products of fossil fuel combustion can be found in significant measurable quantities in the bodies of virtually every human on this planet. A scientifically based program of therapeutic detoxification can bring about enormous improvements in health, vitality and brain function. This past decade has seen great advancements in the science of therapeutic detoxification and effective programs are being developed worldwide at reputable environmental medicine clinics.

Saunas and steam baths have been used for centuries by cultures around the world to induce detoxification. Traditionally, saunas have been used to improve mental clarity, to diminish pain and promote longevity. In the past few years, Hyperthermic [sweat] therapy has been studied quite extensively and several papers on this subject have appeared in the scientific literature. Through this research, it has been shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of accumulated toxins. Toxic metals including mercury, as well as organic toxins such as PCB’s and pesticide residues, are excreted in high quantities in the sweat during properly conducted Hyperthermic therapy sessions.

Heat causes toxins to be released from cells. The toxic molecules will then reside transiently in the lymph fluid. Since sweat is manufactured from the lymph fluid, toxins present in the lymph fluid will exit the body through the sweat. The liver and kidneys are not required for this process thus, these organs are largely unburdened by Hyperthermic therapy, and toxins are able to leave the body even when liver or kidney function is impaired. This may be a distinct advantage for chronically ill patients whose livers and kidneys may already be under toxic stress.”

Advantages of the Far-InfraRed Sauna:“Many people with chronic illnesses find the high temperatures inside a regular sauna or steam room intolerable. In these traditional systems, the inside of the body is heated completely from the surface of the skin. Even though you feel very hot in these units, the heating is quite shallow - only a few millimeters below the skin. In the Far-InfraRed sauna, invisible light rays emanate from several Far-InfraRed emitters. This Far-InfraRed light penetrates deep into the fat and muscles of the body, creating a more powerful detoxifying influence upon the deeper tissues of the body. As well, since the air temperature remains much lower than in a traditional sauna, the individual feels more comfortable. Sweating often begins before the person feels very hot at all and the sweating is more profuse than in a traditional sauna”.


Warming Up to Far- Infrared by D.J. Fletcher, Alternative Medicine

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Warm mouse on kitten's tummy

A warm mouse sits on the tummy of this little kitten. How do these pictures get taken? It's amazing to say the least.

Looking for a warm mouse? Visit IGMproducts.com for an infrared heated mouse. The USB connected mouse generates warmth to your computer mouse hand. It's made by ValueRays. To read more about the effects of infrared heated computer accessories visit ValueRays.com.

Warm Mouse by ValueRays

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Made in USA heated mouse hand warmer blanket

Slide your heated mouse inside a Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch made in the USA! It's important to buy American made products these days. Shop Made in USA Forever for the Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch. A heated mouse generates infrared heat under this cozy blanket. The heat is insulated by the blanket fabric creating a perfect mouse hand environment. Click here for more details about the Mouse Hand Warmer Made in the USA.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Why does your mouse hand get cold?


FROM WikiAnswers

Your mouse hand gets cold because it is exposed to air, drafts, chills, celing fans, etc. Your mouse hand gets cold because of poor circulation. Your mouse hand gets cold because you are holding it in the same position for a long period of time exposed to the air. This may also make your fingertips numb.


There isn't a specific medical condition to identify the cold mousing hand condition. It should not be confused with carpal tunnal. Cold mouse hand is common among computer users of all ages. Most computer users experience a cold mouse hand when the temperature drops in their work environment.

The most common cold hand ailments include: Poor Circulation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Raynaud's, DeQuervain's, Tendonitis or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. For specific medical information on these conditions, search Google, Yahoo! or MSN. Seek the advice of a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

For specific relief of cold mouse hand, use a product designed to meet your specific needs. There are several solutions for a cold mouse hand. Mouse hand warmers come in different shapes and forms to relieve a cold mouse hand.

There are earth-friendly, energy-efficient mouse blankets which do not need the use of electricity to cover your mouse hand. Use the mouse hand warmer blanket by sliding your favorite mouse pad and mouse inside to keep the mouse hand covered and warm.

There are USB connected warming mice which warm the palm of the hand. There are USB mouse covers with attached mousepads to slip your hand inside to keep it warm while you work. The USB connected items have cords which need the use of electricity and may or may not get tangled on your desk.

There are also USB connected warm mouse pads. These items warm the mouse pad surface so your cold mouse hand is not resting on cold.

There are gel packs that are chemicals which turn to a semi-solid state to produce heat packs and last several hours. The gel packs can be used as a mouse hand warmer, but they are not very practical for computer users. The gel packs should not be used by children as there may be a safety issue regarding chemicals. Always supervise the use of a warm gel pack when it's being used by children.

Online resources for mousing hand warmers are available through the search engines. Typical search terms include and are not limited to: mouse hand warmer, cold mouse hand, warm mouse hand, warming geek gadget, warm mouse pad, mouse warmer. Use these search engines: Alta Vista, Yahoo, AllTheWeb, Google and MSN.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

ValueRays Mouse Hand Warmer, Heated Mouse & Warm Mouse Pad solve Cold Mouse Hand Problems



The dynamic duo needs to take second place now that these three warming devices are in the market. The three mouse hand warmers include a fleece blanket pouch, a heated computer mouse and a warm mouse pad. This trio of warming gadgets creates the ultimate mouse hand environment. No more cold mouse hand. No more cold hands when working at the computer for endless hours.

The Mouse Hand Warmer is a fleece blanket pouch about 12x12 inches. It has a non slip surface and can be used with your favorite heated mouse and warm mouse pad. Slip your warm mouse and warm mouse pad inside the fleece blanket pouch, plug in the USB warming devices and in about 10 minutes you have a very warm, cozy, designer house for your mouse. The heat generated by the USB computer devices is insulated inside the fleece blanket cover. It's like crawling into bed under the covers of a warm electric blanket on a cold winter's night.

Does your mouse hand get cold? Do you suffer from arthritis, poor circulation, Raynaud's, or other ailments that make your hand cramp with cold? Try a warm computer mouse and mouse pad inside a mouse hand warmer pouch to relax musles and relieve cold hand tension. The USB heated devices are made with a carbon fiber. Carbon fibers produce infrared heat. Infrared heat is therapuetic because it penetrates deep through the skin's layers to muscle tissue.

Infrared heat also detoxifies the blood of toxins we pick up in the air and food. The infrared heat rays cleanse the blood stream by breaking down toxins. Infrared heat has been effectively used to rid the body of unwanted, harmful environmental toxins and inhibit bacterial growth from these toxic substances. Infrared heating devices and the healing effects of Infrared Heat Rays are becoming more widespread in the USA. Eastern cultures have been using Infrared Heat Rays healing techniques for centuries.

For more information about the trio of warming devices, visit the manufacturer's websites at http://www.IGMproducts.com and http://www.ValueRays.com.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The hand warmer mouse house giveaway at Everything Up Close Contest Blog!

The contest runs from today through February 19, 2009. Click here, read the instructions and enter the contest to win a free Mouse Hand Warmer blanket from IGMproducts.com.
Cold mouse hand? Cover it with a fleece blanket. Slip your warming mouse and heated mouse pad inside the blanket pouch and you'll have the ultimate warm house for your mouse hand!

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Mouse House Giveaway at Everything Up Close




Does your mouse hand get cold? Do you sit for hours working at the computer? Get a FREE Designer Mouse House for your computer mouse hand.
The Mouse House Hand Warmer blog announces a blog contest at Everything Up Close. You must enter to win! Click here now and visit Everything Up Close's Mouse Hand Warmer Giveaway.

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Mouse Warmer Giveaway happening now at Everything Up Close


Click the photo above and read the instructions to enter the blog contest at Everything Up Close for a fleece blanket pouch Mouse Hand Warmer.
Here's some information about the Mouse Hand Warmer product:
Keeps your mouse hand covered by a warm blanket. Constructed of a warm polyester fleece blanket material with a non-slip surface. Fits standard mouse pads and any size computer mouse. Hand wash and air dry.
Instructions: Slip a standard sized mouse pad inside the Mouse Hand Warmer, or can be used alone without a mouse pad. If using a wireless mouse, the net front provides a clear optical connection. When using an USB connected mouse, slip the cord through a small slit opening made in the center front net. Easy to keep clean by hand washing with a mild detergent and air drying. Made in the USA. Uses no electricity. No cords to get tangled on your desk!

The Mouse Hand Warmer is an energy and cost efficient way to keep your mouse hand warm during chilly weather or whenever you feel your mouse hand getting cold. A drafty air-conditioned office makes for an uncomfortable exposed hand if you sit and work all day at the computer. During the winter, a draft or drop in temperature makes your mouse hand cold, too. Sometimes fingers get numb due to the cold air. Keep your mouse hand warm inside a cozy blanket.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Does a free heated mouse pad sound like a good deal? Click Here!



A Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch is the giveaway at Everything Up Close today through February 19, 2009. Visit Everything Up Close, read the instructions and enter the blog's giveaway to win.

The Mouse Hand Warmer is a fleece blanket pouch to hold your favorite heated mouse and heated mouse pad. The three items together create an ultimate warm mouse hand experience. If you suffer with a cold mouse hand, this giveway is for you.

EVERYTHING UP CLOSE..... enter to win!

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Warm mouse pad giveaway at Everything Up Close


Is your mouse pad cold? Does your mouse hand get cold? Here's a chance to win a free mouse hand warmer through Everything Up Close website Giveaway happening now through February 19, 2009.
Visit Everything Up Close, read the instructions, and submit a comment to win a free Mouse Hand Warmer mouse pad.
Questions? contact Everything Up Close.

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Keep your mouse warm.... Free Giveaway!


How do you keep your mouse warm? We recommend a Mouse Hand Warmer blanket. It's a pouch to hold your favorite heated mouse and warm mouse pad. All three items are available at IGMproducts.com.
The FREE Giveaway Sweepstakes is currently running online at Everything Up Close. Don't delay or you'll miss your chance to win. To enter the giveway, click here now.

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Everything Up Close heated computer mouse giveaway


Every wonder how people keep their mouse hands warm? Well, they use a Mouse Hand Warmer. It's a blanket and a pouch to cover your hand so it's not exposed to cold air. So, if you have a cold mouse hand, head over to Everything Up Close for this freebie giveaway event.

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Heated mouse: Do it for your mouse hand



Not sure how much time you spend sitting in front of a computer, and if you are reading this, I bet you spend at least a few hours everyday mousing your way online. There's tons of data available about the ill effects of computer overuse; especially for people who do not use the computer in a healthy manner. By healthy, I refer to proper ergonomics. Yet, even with proper ergonomics in place, there is still the risk of ill effects of overuse; especially overuse of the mouse hand.

There are an endless number of hand ailments and medical conditions with cold hand symptoms and side effects. Some of these ailments include arthritis, tendonitis, Raynaud's phenomenon, diabetes, migraine headaches, poor circulation, alcohol abuse, cigarette addiction, and the list goes on and on. Cold hands when trying to get computer work completed are annoying and painful. Not only do they cause pain to your mouse hand, cold hands actually become numb, and fingertips feel as though they are frozen.

Exposed hands working at the computer need warmth. If you work in a cold room, office or a drafty space, it is wise to use a heated computer mouse. A heated mouse generates warmth through the skin's layers penetrating the muscle tissue. There are a variety of heated computer devices using an USB connection and many of them use a carbon fiber which transmits infrared heat. Infrared heat is known to create a healing effect for sore muscles. The Eastern cultures have been using infrared heat for centuries. The sun is a natural source of infrared heat. The nice thing about an infrared heated mouse is getting all the benefits of the sun without the harmful UV rays.

Further research indicates 20-30 minutes of infrared heat daily can actually provide healing results. So, if you're like me, an USB infrared heated mouse would certainly be a welcomed relief for cold mouse hand pain. A heated mouse stimulates the flow of blood, and in turn reduces stiffness in finger and wrist joints. If muscles are sore, the heated mouse will penetrate deeply to soothe aching muscles.

Chemical toxins in the blood are a concern today with all the food we eat and the air we breathe. The infrared heat generated by the warmth of an USB heated mouse helps to detoxify our system of the unhealthy toxins. The heat releases the toxins from blood cells ridding the body of unnecessary toxic build up.

Massage therapists use heat to relax muscles. Why not use heat at home while we work? Keep your mouse hand relaxed, your blood flowing to reduce poor circulation and detoxify your system with the use of an infrared heated computer mouse.

If you enjoy the feel of the sun's heat on your face on a warm summer day, then you'll truly enjoy the warmth of a warm mouse while you are sitting at work in front of a computer!


For more information about the heated mouse and other infrared heated computer devices visit http://www.igmproducts.com/.

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Heated mouse - Do it for your mouse hand




Not sure how much time you spend sitting in front of a computer, and if you are reading this, I bet you spend at least a few hours everyday mousing your way online. There's tons of data available about the ill effects of computer overuse; especially for people who do not use the computer in a healthy manner. By healthy, I refer to proper ergonomics. Yet, even with proper ergonomics in place, there is still the risk of ill effects of overuse; especially overuse of the mouse hand.

There are an endless number of hand ailments and medical conditions with cold hand symptoms and side effects. Some of these ailments include arthritis, tendonitis, Raynaud's phenomenon, diabetes, migraine headaches, poor circulation, alcohol abuse, cigarette addiction, and the list goes on and on. Cold hands when trying to get computer work completed are annoying and painful. Not only do they cause pain to your mouse hand, cold hands actually become numb, and fingertips feel as though they are frozen.

Exposed hands working at the computer need warmth. If you work in a cold room, office or a drafty space, it is wise to use a heated computer mouse. A heated mouse generates warmth through the skin's layers penetrating the muscle tissue. There are a variety of heated computer devices using an USB connection and many of them use a carbon fiber which transmits infrared heat. Infrared heat is known to create a healing effect for sore muscles. The Eastern cultures have been using infrared heat for centuries. The sun is a natural source of infrared heat. The nice thing about an infrared heated mouse is getting all the benefits of the sun without the harmful UV rays.

Further research indicates 20-30 minutes of infrared heat daily can actually provide healing results. So, if you're like me, an USB infrared heated mouse would certainly be a welcomed relief for cold mouse hand pain. A heated mouse stimulates the flow of blood, and in turn reduces stiffness in finger and wrist joints. If muscles are sore, the heated mouse will penetrate deeply to soothe aching muscles.

Chemical toxins in the blood are a concern today with all the food we eat and the air we breathe. The infrared heat generated by the warmth of an USB heated mouse helps to detoxify our system of the unhealthy toxins. The heat releases the toxins from blood cells ridding the body of unnecessary toxic build up.

Massage therapists use heat to relax muscles. Why not use heat at home while we work? Keep your mouse hand relaxed, your blood flowing to reduce poor circulation and detoxify your system with the use of an infrared heated computer mouse.

If you enjoy the feel of the sun's heat on your face on a warm summer day, then you'll truly enjoy the warmth of a warm mouse while you are sitting at work in front of a computer!

For more information about the heated mouse and other infrared heated computer devices visit http://www.igmproducts.com/.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mouse Hand - A blog about the hand that mouses!


The mouse hand has become one of the most important tools of the trade; the technology trade, that is. We spend countless hours mousing around. We mouse in the house, we mouse in the car, and we even mouse on vacation. We just can't get enough of mousing and our hands show it.

Actually, our mouse hand feels it. It feels the pain and stress we put upon it to get through each and every day. There's arthritic mouse hand pain, muscle tension mouse hand problems, cold mouse hand syndrome, poor circulation in our mouse hand, and the list goes on and on.

What can we do about it? What can we do to relieve the mouse hand pain? Research shows ergonomics plays an important role in managing a healthy mouse hand. So, we design an ergonomic work station using ergonomic computer devices. We do all this and after several years of working properly seated and body parts positioned perfectly, we still have problems with our mouse hand. Why?

Over years of continued use of the mouse hand, we develop strains and stress in hand parts like the wrist, fingers, muscles and joints. Some people suffer more than others. Yet, most people who use a computer everyday overtime will develop a certain amount of stress of the mousing hand.

This blog is all about the mouse hand. We will find information about using the mouse hand and ways to keep the mouse hand comfortable, safe and loved. Does your mouse hand get cold? Do your fingers get numb? Join our discussion. We welcome your comments and feedback.

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ValueRays heated mouse pad and heated mouse

The deep penetrating healing heat produced by infrared rays is now available for computer users. ValueRays.com introduced the products earlier this year. They advocate the use of infrared heat for computer devices because of the healing effects associated with infrared heat.

Infrared heat is a healthy choice for people who suffer with cold hands, arthritis, diabetes, Raynaud's, poor circulation, and a variety of other medical conditions. The warm mouse pad and warm mouse by ValueRays are made with a carbon fiber to produce infrared heat. The heat penetrates all skin layers to soothe aching, stressed and tense muscle tissue.


Click here for more information from an authorized dealer of ValueRays products.

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Mouse pad hand warmer blanket pouch

We've tested the product, and it works! We've received positive feedback from computer users on Amazon.com, Etsy.com and eBay.com. Now, we're ready to launch the product for resale. For more details, comments or to become a distributor of the Mouse Hand Warmer, please contact the manufacturer through their website at http://www.IGMproducts.com or by email at Webmaster (at) IGMproducts.com.


Does your computer mouse hand get cold? Do you sit long hours working at the computer with an exposed mouse hand? Does the winter chill or air-conditioned room make your mouse hand cold and fingertips numb? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. There is a serious, cold mouse hand problem hitting the computer geek population, and IGMproducts.com has the cost-effective, energy-efficient solution.

"The Mouse Hand Warmer came about after spending over 12 years sitting at a computer working long, late hours with a very cold mouse hand," said Anna Miller, creator of the Mouse Hand Warmer. The Mouse Hand Warmer was made to solve the cold mouse hand problem. Once the Mouse Hand Warmer blanket was developed and used, it proved to solve the problem, and IGM decided to manufacture and sell the item to the computer accessories market.

There's no known medical term for the cold mouse hand condition. We asked Doctor Oz from the Oprah Winfrey Show by contacting him through Oprah.com. The Mouse Hand Warmer is an energy-efficient way to keep your mouse hand covered by a warm, fleece blanket. Just like crawling under the covers on a cold night, the Mouse Hand Warmer provides a warm, cozy blanket for your mouse hand. Simply slip your computer mouse and hand inside the Mouse Hand Warmer blanket with or without the use of a standard sized mouse pad, and your mouse hand is covered and kept warm as you work.

The Mouse Hand Warmer mouse pad is made in the USA and is the registered trademark and patented product of i-GlobalMall.com, Inc. The Mouse Hand Warmer uses no electricity, and there are no cords to plug in or get tangled on your desktop. It is available just in time for cold weather and when the cost of energy for heating is of key importance. Work long hours, keep warm and keep your energy bills lower by using a blanket to cover your exposed mouse hand.

The Mouse Hand Warmer has a non slip surface and is constructed of hand-washable fabrics. It is compatible with optical or USB connected mice of all sizes and shapes. It measures about 12 x 12 inches and has plenty of room inside for freedom of computer mouse hand movement. The only place you can obtain one of the techie gray, black and white mouse blankets is through the manufacturer who is currently seeking distributors of the product. To learn more about this novel computer geek accessory, visit http://www.IGMproducts.com.


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Cold fingers and toes!

Warm Mouse Pad by ValueRays available at IGMproducts.com




from Wellsphere


Until I read the much-talked-about The Migraine Brain, I hadn't realized that lots of migraineurs report frequently having cold hands and feet. I've often joked that from October to May my extremities are ice-cold, figuring it had something to do with my height, my circulation, my lack of exercise, and/or my tendency to feel faint rather easily. That being said, I never really thought of it as something "real"; I figured instead it was just one of those bothersome things about being skinny and lanky. Whatev.

But now I wonder if there might be something I can do to warm up! Even with socks on, my toes are frigid; when I go to hug the kids I babysit for, they shriek in delight as they run away from me, thinking I was trying to trick them by putting icy fingers on their skin. I've read a bit about Raynaud's Phenomenon, but I'm not sure if that is what plagues migraineurs or if there's something else going on all together.

In the meantime, I'll wear my hat and gloves outside even when others look at me like I'm a bit crazy. (I get cold even when it's in the 60s!)

Anyone else have cold hands and feet more often than so-called "regular" folks?

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Warm Mouse Pad


Welcome to our warm mouse pad.

It's a humble abode! Some call it a hole, we call it our warm mouse pad!

Warm Mouse Pad blog is all about comfort in the cold. Ways to keep warm while computing. Our warm mouse pad is made to keep your mouse hand comfortable and warm while you are mousing around the pad.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Hand warmer computer mouse house


Keep your hand warm inside a mouse house hand warmer
Cold hand medical conditions make it difficult to sit and work at the computer. That's why we thought you'd enjoy seeing the Mouse Hand Warmer. It creates a warm house for your mouse. For more details, click here.
from PRStherapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal tunnel is defined by compression of the median nerve at the level of the wrist. This nerve passes through the carpal tunnel along with nine tendons which help you bend your fingers. The "tunnel" is created by the carpal bones and transverse carpal ligament. When inflammation occurs at the wrist this creates pressure on the nerve. The pressure leads to symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the fingers, pain radiating up the arm, and night pain. These symptoms can be evident when driving, holding newspapers and dropping objects. Compression of the nerve can result from repetitive use of the hands and writs, diabetes, and/or hormonal changes such as pregnancy.

DeQuervain's Syndrome: Also known as "washerwoman's sprain" this syndrome can be a product of overuse. This is and inflammatory disorder in which pain and discomfort is felt along the edge of the thumb and wrist. The tendons that straighten your thumb become inflamed following prolonged repetitive activity. The symptoms include tenderness at the base of the thumb, aching over the side aspect of the thumb and wrist. This discomfort can be aggravated by bending the thumb or straightening the thumb and with various wrist motions.

Tendinitis: General terminology for inflammation of a tendon. This may result from overuse or repetitive use of hand or wrist within varied activities.

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Warm your hand with a heated computer mouse

My hands are cold all the time. Seems as though as soon as the temperatures drop, my hands stay cold until Summer hits again. So, a heated computer mouse really sounds like a good idea. The ValueRays heated mouse is a plug and play USB gadget. No muss, no fuss. Within ten minutes the mouse heats to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit. I use the heated mouse inside IGMproducts' Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch. The fleece blanket insulates the heat and the inside of the pouch stays warm while I work. I love it! If you suffer from cold hands, a frigid mouse hand, carpal tunnel, poor circulation or arthritis, the infrared heated mouse is perfect for your hand. Infrared heat heals! It relieves pain. As I said, "I love it!"

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Warming Up To Far-InfraRed Heated Mouse

Learn about the healing effects of infrared heat. A heated mouse is healthy!


There's little information about the infrared heated computer mouse, but there's documented evidence of the healing effects of infrared heat. The information below is mostly about infrared saunas, the value of detoxification and the value of infrared for our immune systems.


The infrared warming mouse is made with a carbon fiber, and carbon fibers generate infrared heat. The deep penetrating infrared heated mouse produces a therapuetic experience when used for about 20-30 minutes every day. Do you sit at the computer for 30 minutes every day? Does your mouse hand get cold? Does your hand cramp or feel any pain? Try an infrared heat warming mouse. It relaxes the tension in your hand. It soothes aching muscles.


Warming Up To Far-InfraRed
D.J. Fletcher, Alternative Medicine

For many, the biggest news in FIR [Far-InfraRed] technology is its application to the evolving science of detoxification, and the device being used is the Far-InfraRed sauna. At home and in clinics, these saunas are said to yield many benefits-- including relief from different kinds of pain; stimulation of immune response; improvement in skin tone and conditions such as burns, eczema and acne; and the accelerated burning of calories. But the detox application is health news that can benefit everyone. "Traditional wisdom has suggested that saunas work largely by promoting detoxification through sweat," says John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P, A.B.C.T., Medical Director of the Cline Medical Center and Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. " Several published studies have now shown that this hyperthermic [sauna] therapy can bring about the rapid removal of a wide range of toxic substances from the human body."

The FIR energy emitted in these saunas may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110 to 130 degrees F, compared with 180 to 235 degrees F in a conventional sauna. Many individuals who cannot tolerate a conventional sauna, steam room or sweat lodge will find FIR saunas pleasant. The lower heat range is also safer for those with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures don't dramatically elevate heart rate or blood pressure.

Dr. Cline points out that methods to induce sweating have been used for centuries to bring about improved health and relief from disease. "Over 2,000 years ago," he says, "the famous Greek physician, Parmenides, stated 'give me a chance to create fever, and I will cure any disease." This traditional wisdom has certainly stood the test of time. Using methods ranging from hot mineral baths and sweat lodges to saunas and steam baths, individuals have enjoyed the revitalizing effects of induced hyperthermia-- the artificial elevation of body temperature.

"Sweat therapy has also been used for many years by miners in Europe to prevent and treat occupational heavy metal poisoning, and studies have now demonstrated that hyperthermic therapy can bring about significant detoxification from heavy metals including mercury. But only in recent years has science begun to seriously examine this age-old healing technique. Now, organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have taken a serious look at hyperthermic therapy as a means to detoxify individuals who are ill from exposure to environmental poisons."

Randy Gomm of www.infraredsauna.net, based in Vancouver, became a distributor of FIR saunas after his life was turned around by detoxification. As a firefighter, his health had begun to deteriorate until he was no longer able to work. He was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and eventually it was realized that the root of his problem was toxic overload due to environmental exposure. During the eight years he was ill, he says, he had a lot of time to research alternative modalities to regain his health. "I discovered that leading researchers in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome stated that their patients had high toxic loads," says Randy. "When their loads were reduced, their symptoms often improved dramatically. It worked for me. Detoxing really helped put me back on my feet."


Environmental medical specialist Doris J. Rapp, MD, of Scottsdale, Arizona, a well-known pediatrician, allergist, homeopath and past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, states unequivocally, "Everybody in this country needs to be detoxified because we've all become toxic dumpsites." Dr. Rapp began using a Far-InfraRed sauna personally after seeing a similar procedure being employed in a German clinic. She was impressed with the clinic's work in detoxifying young children and infants. Dr. Rapp affirms that her FIR sauna causes her to perspire profusely, and she adds, "I'm hoping to see more patient outcome studies on FIR sauna use-- studies that will further evaluate the efficacy of this treatment and impartially evaluate the various saunas."

Hyperthermic detoxification using these saunas is not only uniquely helpful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body but also as an adjunct to mercury removal. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., of Seattle, who has been called "the holistic doctors' doctor and teacher," is one of the pioneers in combining the use of FIR saunas with the chelating agent DMPS in a heavy metal detox protocol.

Dr. Cline explains, "Since hyperthermic sauna therapy removes metal contaminants from the body by a different mechanism than chelation therapy we have found that it may be used to further the benefits derived from chelation therapy. And we have also found that it may be an alternative for those who are unable to undergo chelation.

"Research conducted by U.S. scientists has demonstrated that close to 80% of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome will improve markedly by a guided detoxification program. The program involves nutritional optimization of detoxification using a low-allergy diet and UltraClear Plus, a medical food product designed at the Functional Medicine Research Center in Washington. This approach, called enterohepatic resuscitation, is being used by healthcare practitioners around the world. We combine this approach with hyperthermic therapy using the Far-InfraRed sauna, as well as exercise and chelation. The results we are seeing are very promising."

Tissue Cleansing & Your Health... “Many of the illnesses facing modern society have strong links to the environment. Cancer rates are rising every year with all fingers pointing at the lifestyles and environment of our population. Diseases virtually unheard of twenty years ago, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, now exist in epidemic numbers and these numbers continue to rise with each passing year. Many people wonder why they feel exhausted, their head seems to be in a fog, and they so frequently have to live with pain. The stress of accumulated toxic substances may be a primary factor in the poor health of millions of North Americans. There are now hundreds of thousands of toxic chemicals released into the environment daily. Heavy metals, pesticide and herbicide residues, solvent residues and by-products of fossil fuel combustion can be found in significant measurable quantities in the bodies of virtually every human on this planet. A scientifically based program of therapeutic detoxification can bring about enormous improvements in health, vitality and brain function. This past decade has seen great advancements in the science of therapeutic detoxification and effective programs are being developed worldwide at reputable environmental medicine clinics.

Saunas and steam baths have been used for centuries by cultures around the world to induce detoxification. Traditionally, saunas have been used to improve mental clarity, to diminish pain and promote longevity. In the past few years, Hyperthermic [sweat] therapy has been studied quite extensively and several papers on this subject have appeared in the scientific literature. Through this research, it has been shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of accumulated toxins. Toxic metals including mercury, as well as organic toxins such as PCB’s and pesticide residues, are excreted in high quantities in the sweat during properly conducted Hyperthermic therapy sessions.

Heat causes toxins to be released from cells. The toxic molecules will then reside transiently in the lymph fluid. Since sweat is manufactured from the lymph fluid, toxins present in the lymph fluid will exit the body through the sweat. The liver and kidneys are not required for this process thus, these organs are largely unburdened by Hyperthermic therapy, and toxins are able to leave the body even when liver or kidney function is impaired. This may be a distinct advantage for chronically ill patients whose livers and kidneys may already be under toxic stress.”

Advantages of the Far-InfraRed Sauna: “Many people with chronic illnesses find the high temperatures inside a regular sauna or steam room intolerable. In these traditional systems, the inside of the body is heated completely from the surface of the skin. Even though you feel very hot in these units, the heating is quite shallow - only a few millimeters below the skin. In the Far-InfraRed sauna, invisible light rays emanate from several Far-InfraRed emitters. This Far-InfraRed light penetrates deep into the fat and muscles of the body, creating a more powerful detoxifying influence upon the deeper tissues of the body. As well, since the air temperature remains much lower than in a traditional sauna, the individual feels more comfortable. Sweating often begins before the person feels very hot at all and the sweating is more profuse than in a traditional sauna”.

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USB Heated Mouse


by Luigi Lugmayr

I am not sure why you would need a heated mouse. Maybe if you happen to sit inside an igloo on the North Pole and read I4U NEWS such a mouse comes in handy. Features of the optical USB Warmer Mouse include 800dpi resolution, 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) heating temperature and scroll wheel. Gadget shop Brando sells this USB mouse for $22. Thanko just released a heated mouse pad in Japan. More details about this warming USB gadget can be found on AkihabaraNews.

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Infrared heat mouse pad for OT intervention therapy

Infrared heat mouse pad relieves tension, stress and pain of the mouse hand wrist.


Occupational Therapy intervention is one of the most promising results-oriented job-savers a person can experience within a lifetime. A healthy, healing intervention saves jobs, restores hope, a worker's self-confidence and self-esteem. This story is about the loss of hand movement, and the positive results of an OT intervention.

Losing the function of a hand can be devastating, especially when the hand is needed to work at the computer all day. Finding a new job is not easy and almost impossible in today's economic situation. Rehabilitating an injury is a lot of work. Of the two choices, we choose rehabilitation. The alternative of not holding a job, isn't an option.

The loss of the use of a person's computer mouse hand due to arthritis and poor circulation can make everyday computer tasks painful and dreadful. The pain from a sick computer mouse hand causes the hand to cramp, freeze and fingers become numb. Pills aren't always the solution and aren't an attractive idea. The only relief is not working, and that isn't a suggested option.

Most occupational interventions rely upon ingenuity and creativity. We relied upon a mouse hand warmer blanket pouch to hold the computer mouse and mouse pad. The blanket is made of fleece and covers the computer user's hand completely creating a warm house for the mouse and mouse pad. We inserted inside the mouse hand warmer blanket pouch an USB heated mouse and USB heated mouse pad to generate heat inside the blanket pouch housing.

The USB heated devices are designed with a carbon fibre. Carbon fibre generates infrared heat. Infrared heat is healing. The Eastern Medical profession has been using the healing effects of infrared heat for thousands of centuries. The Western world is starting to catch on to the healing effects of infrared heat through infrared saunas and now occupational computer devices.

It is documented proof by therapists and physicians worldwide, 20-30 minutes per day of infrared heat has healing effects on an injury, in this case, of the hand. I conducted a 4 week study using a mouse hand warmer blanket, an infrared heated mouse and mouse pad with a person who suffers with arthritis and poor circulation of the mouse hand. After three weeks of 30 minutes of daily use, the right hand is healed. There's no cold, cramp, pain or discomfort in the person's right mouse hand.

The use of the hand for computer related work is not going to fade or go away soon. As a matter of fact, the occupational related hand injuries will increase based on the continued widespread computer use activity. The first computer mouse turned 40 years old in 2008, and introducing the healing effects of infrared heated computer mouse and mouse pad is being made in 2009. We've come a long way, and we have a long road ahead.

We look forward to sharing our story through eZineArticles, PRLog, the American Occupational Therapy Association, various blogs and websites. We hope you will join our mission to communicate the importance of occupational therapy to help us celebrate April as Occupational Therapy Month 2009 by copying and posting this information on your website or blog.

To learn more about the products mentioned in this story, please visit IGMproducts.com. Learn about the healing effects of infrared heat and how these products work together to create a warm mouse hand experience: mouse hand warmer blanket, USB heated mouse, and USB heated mouse pad. These products are complimentary from the manufacturer, IGMproducts.com.

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Infrared heat computer mouse & infrared mouse pad




Infrared heat from Wikipedia
Main article: Infrared heating


Infrared can be used as a deliberate heating source. For example it is used in infrared saunas to heat the occupants, and also to remove ice from the wings of aircraft (de-icing). Infrared heat is also gaining popularity as a safe method of natural health care & physiotherapy. Far infrared thermomedic therapy garments use thermal technology to provide compressive support and healing warmth to assist symptom control for arthritis, injury & pain. Infrared can be used in cooking and heating food as it predominantly heats the opaque, absorbent objects, rather than the air around them.

Infrared heating is also becoming more popular in industrial manufacturing processes, e.g. curing of coatings, forming of plastics, annealing, plastic welding, print drying. In these applications, infrared heaters replace convection ovens and contact heating. Efficiency is achieved by matching the wavelength of the infrared heater to the absorption characteristics of the material.

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Ediorial Comments: Infrared heat used for computer devices is becoming popular as people experience the effects of long term computer use. As stated above, healing warmth provides comfort for arthritis, injury and pain. An infrared heated computer mouse and heated computer mouse pad relaxes tension and relieves stress in the mouse hand.

If you or someone you know suffers from cold hands or sits and works at the computer for more than 30 minutes daily, please click here for mouse hand warmer products. A warm heated mouse and a warm heated mouse pad used inside a fleece blanket pouch creates perfect relief for a cold mouse hand.

To learn more about the healing effects of infrared heat computer devices, click here.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Designer mouse house the ultimate mouse hand environment

Recipe for creating an ultimate mouse hand experience. Take one Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch, slip inside the pouch one heated warm mouse and a heated warm mouse pad. Photos are of the three items. You can read more about these amazing warm computer gadgets at IGMproducts.com.

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Warming arthritis cold hand pain infrared heat mouse


Reference: organizedwisdom.com



Heat for Arthritis Cold Hand Pain

If you suffer from arthritis, here's information about the illness and ways to help relieve the pain. Arthritis may produce poor circulation in your hands. If you work at a computer and your mouse hand gets cold, it's wise to use a heated mouse. A warm mouse generates dry heat like a heating pad. This will promote better circulation to your cold mouse hand. The heat from the heated warming mouse will also loosen muscles and improve movement.

Heat relaxes the muscles and stimulates blood circulation. Dry heat, such as heat lamps, a warm mouse or heating pads, and moist heat, such as a heated washcloth, or a warm bath are good options for heat treatments.

How Is Arthritis Pain Treated?

There is no single treatment that applies to all people with arthritis, but rather the doctor will develop a management plan designed to minimize your specific pain and improve the function of your joints. A number of treatments can provide short-term pain relief.

Short-Term Relief

Medications—Because people with osteoarthritis have very little inflammation, pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol*) may be effective. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis generally have pain caused by inflammation and often benefit from aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil).

Heat and cold—The decision to use either heat or cold for arthritis pain depends on the type of arthritis and should be discussed with your doctor or physical therapist. Moist heat, such as a warm bath or shower, or dry heat, such as a heating pad (or USB heated warm mouse), placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve the pain. An ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables) wrapped in a towel and placed on the sore area for about 15 minutes may help to reduce swelling and stop the pain. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs.

Joint Protection—Using a splint or a brace to allow joints to rest and protect them from injury can be helpful. Your physician or physical therapist can make recommendations.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)—A small TENS device that directs mild electric pulses to nerve endings that lie beneath the skin in the painful area may relieve some arthritis pain. TENS seems to work by blocking pain messages to the brain and by modifying pain perception.

Massage—In this pain-relief approach, a massage therapist will lightly stroke and/or knead the painful muscle. This may increase blood flow and bring warmth to a stressed area. However, arthritis-stressed joints are very sensitive so the therapist must be very familiar with the problems of the disease.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are chronic diseases that may last a lifetime. Learning how to manage your pain over the long term is an important factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality of life. Following are some sources of long- term pain relief.

Long-Term Relief

Medications

Biological response modifiers— These new drugs used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis reduce inflammation in the joints by blocking the reaction of a substance called tumor necrosis factor, an immune system protein involved in immune response system. These drugs include Enbrel and Remicade.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—These are a class of drugs including aspirin and ibuprofen that are used to reduce pain and inflammation and may be used for both short-term and long-term relief in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs also include Celebrex and Vioxx, so-called COX-2 inhibitors that block and enzyme known to cause an inflammatory response.

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)—These are drugs used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis who have not responded to NSAIDs. Some of these include the new drug Arava and methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, penicillamine, and gold injections. These drugs are thought to influence and correct abnormalities of the immune system responsible for a disease like rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment with these medications requires careful monitoring by the physician to avoid side effects.

Corticosteroids—These are hormones that are very effective in treating arthritis but cause many side effects. Corticosteroids can be taken by mouth or given by injection. Prednisone is the corticosteroid most often given by mouth to reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. In both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the doctor also may inject a corticosteroid into the affected joint to stop pain. Because frequent injections may cause damage to the cartilage, they should only be done once or twice a year.

Other Products— Hyaluronic acid products like Hyalgan and Synvisc mimic a naturally occurring body substance that lubricates the knee joint and permits flexible joint movement without pain. A blood filtering device called the Prosorba Column is used in some health care facilities for filtering out harmful antibodies in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Weight reduction—Excess pounds put extra stress on weight-bearing joints such as the knees or hips. Studies have shown that overweight women who lost an average of 11 pounds substantially reduced the development of osteoarthritis in their knees. In addition, if osteoarthritis has already affected one knee, weight reduction will reduce the chance of it occurring in the other knee.

Exercise—Swimming, walking, low-impact aerobic exercise, and range-of- motion exercises may reduce joint pain and stiffness. In addition, stretching exercises are helpful. A physical therapist can help plan an exercise program that will give you the most benefit. (The National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse has a separate fact sheet on arthritis and exercise. See the end of this booklet for contact information.)

Surgery—In select patients with arthritis, surgery may be necessary. The surgeon may perform an operation to remove the synovium (synovectomy), realign the joint (osteotomy), or in advanced cases replace the damaged joint with an artificial one (arthroplasty). Total joint replacement has provided not only dramatic relief from pain but also improvement in motion for many people with arthritis.

What Alternative Therapies May Relieve Arthritis Pain?

Many people seek other ways of treating their disease, such as special diets or supplements. Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, no research to date shows that they help. Some people have tried acupuncture, in which thin needles are inserted at specific points in the body. Others have tried glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, two natural substances found in and around cartilage cells, for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Some alternative or complementary approaches may help you to cope or reduce some of the stress of living with a chronic illness. If the doctor feels the approach has value and will not harm you, it can be incorporated into your treatment plan. However, it is important not to neglect your regular health care or treatment of serious symptoms.

How Can You Cope With Arthritis Pain?

The long-term goal of pain management is to help you cope with a chronic, often disabling disease. You may be caught in a cycle of pain, depression, and stress. To break out of this cycle, you need to be an active participant with the doctor and other health care professionals in managing your pain. This may include physical therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques (for example, deep breathing and meditation), and family counseling therapy.

The Multipurpose Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center at Stanford University, supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), has developed an Arthritis Self-Help Course that teaches people with arthritis how to take a more active part in their arthritis care. The Arthritis Self-Help Course is taught by the Arthritis Foundation and consists of a 12- to 15-hour program that includes lectures on osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, exercise, pain management, nutrition, medication, doctor-patient relationships, and nontraditional treatment.

You may want to contact some of the organizations listed at the end of this fact sheet for additional information on the Arthritis Self-Help Course and on coping with pain, as well as for information on support groups in your area.

Things You Can Do To Manage Arthritis Pain

Eat a healthy diet
Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night.
Keep a daily diary of pain and mood changes to share with your physician.
Choose a caring physician.
Join a support group
Stay informed about new research on managing arthritis pain.

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Heated under the covers! A designer mouse house

Slip a ValueRays Heated Mouse inside a fleece blanket Mouse Hand Warmer and you have a designer mouse house. It's the perfect mouse hand environment. The heated mouse produces infrared heat. Infrared heat has soothing, healing effects penetrating through the skin's layers deep into the muscle tissue. If your hands are stressed, tense or cold, try the ValueRays Heated Mouse inside the fleece Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch. You'll be glad you did!



Click here for more information.

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Is there a warm mouse in the house?


Just plug and play. Wait ten minutes and feel the soothing warmth under the covers! Yes, slip this warm heated computer mouse inside the Mouse Hand Warmer blanket pouch and it feels like heaven. No more cold computer hand! Give that mouse hand a break from the frigid winter temps.
If you suffer from arthritis, Raynaud's, poor circulation, carpal tunnel, or any hand ailment, the ValueRays heated warm mouse is for you! Grab a few! Mom deserves some relief, and so does Grand Ma!


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USB heated computer mouse produces infrared heat



Infrared heat has healing effects. Deep penetrating heat rays sooth aching muscles and relieve pain. ValueRays infrared computer gadgets add value to your everyday computer activities by providing relief to aching sore and cold hands. ValueRays Computer Devices are made with a carbon fiber. Carbon fibers generate infrared heat. The sun is a natural source of infrared heat. ValueRays USB warming computer gadgets heat with infrared heat without using the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Infrared Rays Heal. The sun's natural Infrared Rays are capable of penetrating deep into the human body where they elevate surface temperature and activate healthy body functions. The Far-infrared waves are a safe alternative to natural sun Infrared Rays and a form of light energy that heat objects by direct light conversion - a process to directly warm an object (warm mouse and warm mouse pad), not the surrounding air. Infrared heat rays from the warming mouse and warming mouse pad penetrate the hand, warm the muscles, tissues and dilate the blood arteries. The infrared heating process allows blood to flow more freely through the cold, painful, tense hand.

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Cold fingers need a warm mouse

Some people suffer with a cold mouse hand because they have poor circulation or carpal tunnel syndrome. Others are just chilled to the bone as soon as the temperature drops. Whichever your situation, holding onto a heated warm mouse is the solution.

ValueRays warm mouse is made with a carbon fiber and creates a penetrating infrared heat. Infrared heat is a healing heat. It penetrates all the layers of the skin deep into the tense, stressed muscle tissue.

If you or someone you know sits at the computer for at least 30 minutes every day, suggest relief ..... soothing warmth. A warm mouse removes the chills!

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Arthritis Symptoms You Should Know About

Pain from arthritis is dreadful for the person sitting at the computer working all day. If your hand, wrist or fingers ache, use infrared heated computer devices to soothe and relax tense muscles. The ValueRays Heated Mouse Pad delivers steady low warmth for your wrist and mouse hand. Mouse pads are normally cold. It's not a good working surface for someone with arthritis or poor circulation. Click here for more details.

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Rudy Silva
From
e-healtharticles

Many people have arthritis symptoms and don't realize it. It takes a while to get full blown arthritis. It's something that gradually builds up and before you know it, you have arthritis and are seeing your doctor for medication. Any medication you take does not address the cause of arthritis and will not improve your condition.

If you show any arthritis symptoms, then expect to have arthritis 4-10 year down the road. Typically when people have symptoms, they just ignore them and actual don't recognize them as arthritis symptoms.

Here is a list of arthritis symptoms that you need to look out for. Each person will show different symptom because of the nutritional make up will be different.

· Dry scalp with dandruff
· Dry skin which shows a whitish in different parts of the body
· Ear has no ear wax
· Fingernails that are brittle or splitting
· Premature color change to gray
· Skin wrinkles in the neck area
· Ringing in the ears
· Complexion color is pale
· Stretch mark which appear after losing weight
· Rectum itching
· Accumulation of dried flakes at the corners of the eyes
· Nose is constantly itching
· Feeling stiffness when getting up in the morning
· Hands and legs get cold and clammy
· Bleeding gums
· Teeth have etch lines
· Varicose veins in the legs
· Being sterile

From this list of arthritis symptoms, you can see that many symptoms relate to your body being dry. One of the causes of arthritis is the lack of essential oils. If you lack oil in your body, you will have dryness throughout your body. You will lack the oil that provides the lubrication to the body joints.

You can have one or many of these arthritis symptoms. If you do, you can start at any age using the oils good for preventing arthritis. You can start eliminating those foods that are detrimental to your joints and health. Some times it takes awhile to eliminate specific foods from you eating habits. So the sooner you start the better.

Without the proper oil reaching your joints, your joints will slowly degrade. The cartilage of your joints will be dry and this causes friction. This friction causes heat that will help in the slow degradation of your joints. Because the cartilage has no blood vessels, nutritional oils cannot be directly delivered its cells. Oils have to be absorbed into the cartilage by osmosis.

Look over this list of arthritis symptoms and decide if you have one or more. Remember, arthritis takes many years to appear after the symptom does.

Rudy Silva has a degree in Physics and is a Natural Nutritionist. He is the author of Constipation, Acne, Hemorrhoid, and Fatty Acid ebooks. He writes a newsletter called "Natural Remedies Thatwork.com".

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happiness is a warm mouse

Click Here for a Warm Mouse!

by Kevin Coughlin

Been dumped? Don't reach for Ben & Jerry. Fire up your laptop!

One in four Americans say the Internet can serve as a substitute for a significant other, according to the latest Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes Poll.

Males and females are on the same page. But political "progressives" are much more receptive to this switcheroo than are those who label themselves "very conservative."

Nearly 10,000 people were surveyed online this month; the pollsters claim a 1 point margin of error and these eye-opening findings:

----Derek Jeter and the iPhone are considered equally sexy -- but neither comes close to Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson or Patrick Dempsey in the sex appeal department.

--More than half of Americans believe Internet video should be regulated in some way. Older people are far more supportive of regulations than 18-to-24-year olds.

--Only 11 percent of respondents would implant an Internet chip in their brain, even if it were safe. Men were more inclined in this direction than women; the poll does not indicate which male brain would be implanted.

--On the other hand, almost one in five Americans would have no problem implanting a chip in their kids. For tracking purposes, of course.

--The Net appears to play little role in swaying people's spiritual beliefs.

--More than one in four Americans has a profile on social networks like FaceBook or MySpace. (It's closer to four of five people in the 18-24 group.) More Democrats than Republicans have profiles. Just don't believe everything that's posted. Only 14 percent of Americans feel their profiles define who they really are; most just say it's a way to identify themselves online.

--Forget all the braying about identity theft. More than 20 percent of respondents would sell their good name if someone offered $100K. Thirty-four percent of 18-24 year olds would take the cash and adopt new names.

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Hands off technology?

We've come a long way..... ValueRays Warm Mouse


from New Electronics
author Chris Shaw

When the computer mouse was introduced in 1968 at a presentation in San Francisco, it was used merely to demonstrate a working network system. Since this modest inauguration, it has become accepted as the standard format for negotiating computer screens. However, with the success of the Nintendo Wii and Apple’s iPhone, the 21st Century consumer market is more than comfortable with the concept of interfacing with computer systems in unconventional ways. So does this mean the beginning of the end for the humble mouse?

Anyone familiar with the film Minority Report will recall the technology used to perform the intricate forensic analysis. Computer displays were navigated by a series of complex hand gestures and without a mouse in sight. While you’d be forgiven for thinking that such technology is the stuff of a scriptwriter’s effulgent imagination, the movie’s science adviser Dr John Underkoffler was working stealthily on the real world implementation of these interfacing techniques. The technology is, unsurprisingly, comparable with the 2002 movie – even down to the gloves.

Described as a spatial operating environment (SOE), Oblong’s g-speak allows operators to ‘grab’ items from one screen and deposit them on to another.

Underkoffler, chief scientist with Los Angeles based Oblong Industries, is clearly not a fan of traditional interfacing techniques. “The mouse is a fairly constrained physical object,” he notes. “It has to sit on a surface and heavy use often leads to repetitive strain injuries. The mapping between the axes of mouse motion and the two axes of on screen pointer motion is indirect, so it would be nice to bypass it entirely and control pointer motion and position directly.”

The gestural interface not only challenges the traditional keyboard and mouse as primary interfacing tools, but is also set to become established in many consumer entertainment devices.

Stephen Prentice, vice president and fellow at electronics analyst, Gartner, predicts: “The keyboard is likely to remain the primary text entry device for the near future. However, the growing use of real time video interpretation and inertial sensors is enabling a more intuitive control interface in 3d environments.” Business leaders, he warns, must not ignore these trends. “As the consumerisation of IT proceeds, the separation between enterprise and personal devices – and their control metaphors – will become increasingly unsustainable.

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Helping to reduce hand numbness

Help relieve hand numbness. Use a warm mouse and warm mouse pad.
Mouse Hand Warmers are available at ValueRays.com




by: Anonymous
from
e-healtharticles.com

Question : MY mum feels numbness in her left hand which she finds uncomfortable and disturbing. I'm worried that this may be a symptom of bad blood circulation or some other health problem. What is your advice?


Answer : NUMBNESS is caused by altered sensory nerve functions. It can occur anywhere in the body, but is often felt in the hands, feet, arms or legs. It usually involves both the loss in the ability to move a particular area and sensations. These sensations, which occur without any associated stimulus, are called paresthesias. Other types of paresthesias include feelings of cold, warmth, burning, itching and skin crawling.

Your mum may need to check with a doctor to find out the underlying causes of her numbness which can be due to a lack of blood supply to the affected area, a vitamin B12 deficiency, diabetes, hypothyroidism, malnutrition, central nervous system disturbances and nerve injury.


Vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients may improve nerve function. The B vitamins are one of the most important nutrients for nerve health maintenance. They help increase the ability to repair body damage or injury. Calcium is beneficial in alleviating muscle cramps, pain and numbness in neck, shoulders, arms and legs. Magnesium also helps in reducing numbness and tingling symptoms.


Ginkgo has long been used to stimulate blood circulation and alleviate numbness. Self-massaging with an essential oil may be beneficial too. Stretching and exercising may improve the blood circulation. She should avoid doing a repetitive task for too long.

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Click here for more helpful tips to keep your mouse hand warm and relieve hand numbness.




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Techie gray and blank heated mouse from ValueRays

Take a look at this streamlined, gray and black ergonomic mouse from ValueRays. It looks like an ordinary mouse.... until you plug it in. The USB mouse is heated. It's a warm mouse that soothes tired muscles by relaxing the many layers of tissue with deep penetrating infrared heat.
The warm mouse is available online at IGMproducts.com. Click here for more details.

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The ultimate cold mouse hand environment


If you are looking for a warm spot in the house or office to spend your computer time, look no further. IGMproducts.com has the answer! The ultimate mouse hand environment consists of a warm mouse hand warmer blanket pouch, an USB heated warm mouse and an USB heated warm mouse pad. Together, the three items generate enough heat to keep your mouse hand comfortably warm.
For more details, visit ValueRays or IGMproducts.

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Warm Mouse for the Hand Warmer House


The mouse house hand warmer is a cozy blanket pouch to hold your favorite warm mouse and warm mouse pad. The three items together create the warmest mouse hand environment. The heat generated by the ValueRays Warm Mouse is captured under a cozy fleece blanket. It's like crawling under the covers of an electric blanket on a cold winter's night.
The ValueRays infrared heated mouse is therapuetic. Infrared heat heals. It relaxes stress and tension in the muscles of your hand. Only 20-30 minutes daily is known to fix hand pain. It certainly relieve cold mouse hand.

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Which heated mouse pad do you like best?

4 Port Double Plug

4 Port Single Plug

When it comes to a heated mouse pad, there are specific functions each perform. The two heated mouse pads shown above have different characteristics. They both have warming effects, they both use USB plugs and they both have a smooth black mouse pad surface.
The heated mouse pad in the top photo has 4 USB ports to use for other connecting devices. There are two corded plugs. One of the cords controls the lights around the mouse pad's trim. The second plug controls the heat.

The heated mouse pad in the second photo has the same 4 USB ports but there's only one cord which means you have to unplug the unit when you log off the computer or the mouse pad will continue to produce heat.
Which of the two USB warm mouse pad designs do you like best?

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Heated Mouse: Hot under the covers!


The Heated Mouse blog is all about keeping your mouse hand warm. Many of us suffer with cold hands. We may have a diagnosed illness with cold hands, or we may just be "thin-blooded" and get chills easily as soon as temperatures drop. Regardless of our situation, there's relief for computer users who sit and shiver all day at work. Whether we sit under a ceiling fan in an air-conditioned office, in a warehouse or in a drafty office, this blog is for you! Keep warm while you work. Heated Mouse blog is about everthing that keeps your hands and fingers toasty. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Ancient Egyptian Dentistry - Open " warm mouse" surgery



from CanPages.ca
by Mary


Ancient Egyptian Dentistry

2600 BC- Hesi-Re (an Egyptian scribe) is the first recorded “dentist” in history. On his tombstone is engraved “Doctor of the Tooth”Among many interesting dental techniques practiced by Ancient Egyptians, gum swelling was treated with a mixture made of cumin, incense, and onion. Ancient Egyptians also believed mice could cure toothaches. Because mice were believed to be protected by the sun, Egyptians would cut open the body of a warm mouse and apply it to the painful area. I believe the technical term was: open “mouse” surgery.


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Hand conditions advocate warm mouse effects


The USB warm mouse heats to sooth hand pain. It is designed with a carbon fiber which produces infrared heat. Infrared heat is healing. The infrared rays penetrate the skin's layers to the muscle tissue. This produces a therapuetic computer mouse experience.

If your computer hand is cold, if it aches from over-use or you suffer from a number of medical conditions with a cold hand symptom, an USB heated warm mouse is for you. The warm mouse specifications are:

  • Carbon fibre heating element
  • Warms the hand with a comfortable 99-104 degrees Farhenheit temperature
  • Uses a low voltage (5V) and is safe for people and the computer
  • On/Off Switch conveniently located on the USB cord
  • Turn Heated Warm Mouse off when not in use
  • 800 DPI scrolling Heated Warm Mouse
  • Optical Heated Warm Mouse
  • Requires no drivers or software
  • Easy plug & play installation

There are a number of medical conditions with cold hand symptoms. Consult a doctor for a diagnosis. For more information about the warm mouse and benefits, click here.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Warm mouse relax wrist muscles



from Free Press Release

It is critical that the hand using the mouse be able to preserve core temperature steady. This thermal balance must be maintained to preserve normal functioning as well as provide energy for activity. The body's mechanisms for generating heat ,metabolism, has to meet the challenge presented by low temperature, wind and wetness - the three major challenges of cold environments.

It is vital to recognize that as a result of heat loss, overall circulation is reduced. This makes the hand more susceptible to cold injuries. Uncomfortably cold working conditions can lead to lower work efficiency and higher accident rates. Cold impairs the performance of tasks. Manual tasks are also impaired because the sensitivity and dexterity of fingers are reduced in the cold. At low temperatures, the cold affects the deeper muscles resulting in reduced muscular strength and stiffened joints.

Mental alertness is reduced due to cold-related discomfort. For all these reasons accidents are more likely to occur in very cold working conditions.Arthritis can occur in men and women of all ages. About 37 million people in America have arthritis of some kind, which is almost 1 out of every 7 people.You need healthy circulation to feed the muscles fresh oxygen and nutrients vital for repair and to flush out toxic chemical byproducts which restrict the flexibility of the muscle which ultimately puts excessive stress on your tendons and joints. Your warm mouse will prevent the cold discomfort also arthritis and other bone diseases may occur.

Working in cold environments can cause stiff joints, poor circulation and hand pain. The warm mouse improve blood circulation in your fingers, thumbs and fingertips. This amazing process can help to reverse damage done from overworked joints. Infrared rays can actually help to produce better enzymes within the cells of the muscle. Heat therapy is becoming a popular way to ease the pain of tendonits and aid the tendons in recovery. There are a large number of heat techniques that can be implemented for curing back pain.

Heat can prove to be a very good medication for treating hand pain. A warm mouse will do the job for you as long as you are staying in front of your computer at home or at work. This is some of the simplest forms of heat therapy that are used by a large number of people to free themselves or to prevent hand pain. Heat therapy aids any tendon injury, getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of tendon fibres as possible. Your warm computer mouse will maintain your hand although hands are the most exposed to dangerous bone diseases.

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Far Infrared Heat Therapy - The Latest Innovation in Pain Relief, Blood Circulation and Healing



By Richard Chandler

The proven health and therapeutic benefits of Far Infrared Heat Therapy, while familiar to health professionals, are still a mystery to most consumers. A recent "explosion" of Far Infrared Heat Therapy products on the market has prompted most people to show interest in the benefits of using those products, but like most new technological applications, most are still skeptical as to whether or not these products actually work. The first question most consumers ask is, "What is Infrared Heat?"

What is Infrared Heat?

Infrared is a band of light that we perceive as heat. While we cannot see infrared heat, we can feel its effects. Infrared radiation, or radiant heat, represents over half of the energy emitted by the Sun and is divided into three segments: near, middle, and far.

Infrared rays heat our body by a process called conversion. Through conversion, far infrared heat can penetrate organic substances such as the human body without heating the air in between. You may notice a similar effect on partly cloudy days: when a cloud obscures the sun, you suddenly feel cooler, but the air temperature around you has not had time to be affected. The cloud blocked the sun's infrared rays from penetrating your body.

By using far infrared heat as opposed to traditional heating methods, you enable the heat to penetrate deeper into your body without the skin discomfort of heating pads, hot towels, and some pain relief gels/creams. However, less discomfort is just one of many benefits of far infrared heat therapy.

What are the benefits of Far Infrared Heat Therapy?

The human body is composed of 90% water. Far infrared rays cause resonance in water molecules, activating them and ionizing them. Because of this effect, Far Infrared Heat Therapy offers a variety of proven health and beauty benefits.

Far Infrared Heat Therapy effectively helps to increase blood circulation without putting strain on your heart and increases the levels of oxygen and white blood cells in your blood. It also stimulates the production of collagen (a building block for human tissue) in your body and helps to rid your body of toxins by causing you to perspire. You get the benefit of a stronger immune system, better cardiovascular health, and a faster ability to heal from soft tissue injuries such as tears, pulls, and sprains. Believe it or not, Far Infrared Heat Therapy also serves as an effective way to help cure hangovers.

The penetrating heat of Far Infrared Heat Therapy can be used as a beauty treatment as well. It reduces the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. In addition to helping heal scars, wounds, and cuts, it also smoothes your skin's texture, lessens coarseness, and reduces pore size.

Far Infrared Heat Therapy penetrates deep into soft tissue, making it an ideal source of arthritis pain relief. Athletes and the elderly will benefit from an effective means of loosening sore muscles and stiff joints without the use of ointments or creams that can burn and have an unpleasant odor. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease can enjoy an easy to use form of pain relief. In addition to making you perspire and removing toxins from your body, Far Infrared Heat Therapy serves as a means of weight loss and cellulite reduction for those who cannot exercise due to health concerns or mobility issues.

How is Far Infrared Heat Therapy administered?

Thanks to the demand for pain relief applications as well as the growing knowledge and popularity of Infrared Heat Therapy, a wide variety of products are available to help you enjoy the benefits of this technology. Ranging in price from as low as $80 to as high as $2,600, Far Infrared Heat Therapy technology is used in handheld devices, stationary systems, products with built in massagers, and even highly effective home saunas.

The Light Relief® is an example of a handheld infrared therapy device. It uses either an AC adapter or batteries and can be held against your body with your hand or attached to your body using the long strap included with the product. It is a great solution for targeting pain in specific areas such as your joints, hands, and neck.

The DPL - Deep Penetrating Light Therapy System is a device that consists of two large panels, mounted on a stand, that contain dozens of infrared LED lights. The DPL can sit on a table to apply the skin-related benefits of infrared therapy to your face, or the two panels can be removed and either held or strapped to the body. When removed from the stand, the two infrared panels are ideal for relieving pain, healing, and increasing circulation in larger parts of the body such as the lower back, the upper back, thighs, shoulders, and abs.

Perhaps the most effective form of Far Infrared Heat Therapy, the Far Infrared Home Sauna offers many more benefits than any other device. Unlike traditional saunas that heat up to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the Far Infrared Home Sauna only reaches a maximum of 150 degrees. The infrared technology allows the heat to penetrate even deeper into your body while eliminating the discomfort of extremely high temperatures. The air is fresh and steam-free as opposed to being humid and stale, and this sauna uses a fraction of the energy a traditional one uses. Because the temperatures are low enough to not affect electronics, the Far Infrared Home Sauna includes a sound system with CD player and a reading light.

Will Far Infrared Heat Therapy Work For Me?

Far Infrared Heat Therapy has been shown to work on people of all backgrounds. The range of benefits from this effective form of heat therapy can be felt regardless of skin type, physical disabilities or limitations, and athletic condition. Simply use the available types of Far Infrared Heat Therapy for 15 - 30 minutes per day and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Richard Chandler researches innovative new healthcare devices, medical supplies, and mobility aids for ActiveForever and specializes in writing informative articles and web content. For more information on Far Infrared Heat Therapy Devices, pain relief solutions, physical therapy products, or other durable medical equipment, please visit Active Forever.

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Curiosities: Why do cold hands hurt when warmed?




I WONDER WHY... from Wisconsin State Journal



Q: Why do my fingers hurt so much when they warm up after getting cold in winter?

A: In the cold, the body reduces blood flow to the extremities to keep the vital organs — heart, lungs and brain — warm, says Kristine Kwekkeboom, an assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing.

Reduced blood flow, a condition called "ischemia," starves the extremities of oxygen, forcing them to use a less efficient type of metabolism, and in effect causing a mild injury. "All of these factors, together, cause the release of a chemical soup that triggers inflammation and pain," she says.

Cold can block the transmission of nerve signals, so you may feel no pain in your cold, numb fingers, "but when you come back in and thaw out, the blood vessels dilate, increasing the blood flow," Kwekkeboom says. "More oxygen gets delivered, and you get that throbbing feeling as the blood pulses into the oxygen-hungry areas. Oxygen wakes up the nerves, and you feel pain."

These changes are normal, and not harmful so long as the cold exposure is brief, Kwekkeboom adds. So why do we feel extreme pain after catching a football with cold hands in December? The extra pain results from the pressure and minor tissue damage of impact, multiplied by the low-temperature inflammatory process just described.

— Produced in cooperation with University Communications

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Creator of the computer mouse lauded as a visionary


Caroline Hodge
Daily News Correspondent



Doug Engelbart, best known for his invention of the computer mouse, is about more than gadgets and numbers.

He's a visionary whose pioneering work was driven by a desire to help people, his daughter and co-workers said Tuesday at a Stanford University event commemorating the 40th anniversary of what has been called the "mother of all demos" Engelbart gave in 1968.

Back then, Engelbart and his team of researchers at the Stanford Research Institute — now SRI International — demonstrated a slew of then-revolutionary computer tools, including real-time text editing, hypertext linking, shared-screen teleconferencing and the first computer mouse, at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco.

But the man who headed SRI's Augmentation Research Center is not just a tech guru, daughter Christina Engelbart told those gathered at Stanford's commemoration.

"He's about people; he's about improving the human condition and unleashing the human potential," she said.

At the core, her father wanted to find a way to help people work together in a more effective manner to "improve the human intellect" and solve big problems, said Christina Engelbart, now executive director of the Doug Engelbart Institute. Doug Engelbart and his team trail-blazed an approach to solving problems called "bootstrapping," in which each new tool developed is used to develop subsequent tools, greatly accelerating the improvement process.

"These guys had built tools to build tools," said Andries van Dam, a member of the 1968 demo audience and professor of computer science at Brown University. "It was just mind-boggling."

Even though the computer crashed during the 1968 demo, the technology was revolutionary, especially because most people at the time were focused on artificial intelligence.

"They predicted the future by demonstrating it," said Robert Sproull, vice president and a fellow at Sun Microsystems.

Also different about Doug Engelbart and his team was their emphasis on using and testing their own technology.

Early on, members of the research team would post papers in the office documenting who was working on what, Christina Engelbart said. But as soon as they developed the oN-Line System, or NLS, which presaged the Internet, the team could put that documentation online. "The user is the developer, that's a very tight feedback loop and that can really speed up the development process," she said. Andries van Dam, a member of the 1968 audience and professor of computer science at Brown University, lamented that the team's emphasis on the inter-operation of tools and "deep" design methodology has been lost in today's more commercialized technology scene.

"It's about studying and being really analytical, really reflective about what you're doing," he said. "We've lost that."

Alan Kaye, president of Viewpoints Research Institute, echoed van Dam's comments, comparing the computer to a television, a device used more for leisure than for connecting people to solve complex problems. "We could have made the most powerful media ever for distracting ourselves to death."

Christina Engelbart encouraged today's computer scientists to make the transition from an "information superhighway to an innovation superhighway." "If we could take the vision and same accelerative, strategic approach that got such incredible levels of results and embed that into today's teams of organizations levering next-generation interactive computing, then just imagine the incredible levels of innovation that could be unleashed," she said.

"That is the grander revolution that Dad imagined from the beginning."

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Do Your Hands and Wrists Ache From Work?

Hand & Wrist Support
Use a Heated Warm Mouse Pad


To Relieve Pain and Revive, Do This Immediately After Work

By Nina Schnipper


Our jobs can put stress on our hard-working hands, wrists and forearms. Cooking, specialty construction like tile-setting and carpentry, detailed artisan and craftsmanship, and playing music are all types of work that leave our hands weary and sore.

Pain is a sign that our muscles and joints are overworked. When pain continues or recurs, you may be getting an injury. Our hands and wrists are especially vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

You may be feeling extreme fatigue. Perhaps your hobbies and other non-work activities also involve hand and wrist movement. If fatigue is ongoing, it can lead to worse problems.

One sign of degeneration (wear and tear) is osteoarthritis. Arthritis is a state of inflammation. The body is reacting to over activity at the joints. Although there are many natural treatments for pain relief, the condition is mostly irreversible, so it should be avoided whenever possible.

We often try to ignore pain. We think our bodies will heal themselves (and they do, sometimes). We can't be bothered with the distraction of pain. And we don't want to think that something worse might be happening, like a chronic injury.

Taking care of our bodies at the first sign of pain is important for immediate relief and long-term health. With our upper extremities (hands, wrists, forearms, upper arms), it is especially important to think of the long-term repercussions of that pain.

There is a simple answer: it's a natural remedy that brings instant and long-term relief!

There is an all-natural method that can be practiced anytime, but it is especially helpful when practiced immediately after work. You can practice it before work and on breaks during your work-day, too.

As soon as you finish work, dunk your hands in a deep bowl of ice-water! This one basic first aid step will relieve your pain and inflammation instantly, and it will help prevent long-lasting injuries, too.

You can get relief for your hand and wrist pain with Nina's '10-Day Pain Relief Guide'.

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