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Arran
Sep 24, 2010, 02:11 PM
Anyone else notice that when using the iPad to surf, they use random fingers to manipulate the screen and, more interestingly, the particular digit(s) or hand(s) used to achieve a particular operation (zoom, pan, scroll) at one moment are entirely different from those used to do the same thing a second time?

For example, I zoom in many ways: Sometimes I use classic the finger and thumb "pinch", sometimes both thumbs (when holding the iPad with both hands), sometimes all five fingers (because it looks cool), sometimes using two random fingers of different hands, etc.

I was wondering if this freedom (as opposed to the constraints of using a fixed -button mouse on a fixed-size mousepad, in a fixed position on a desk, to click fixed UI elements such as scroll bars on a fixed screen) might actually lessen the risk of RSI?

Anyone have any thoughts on this?



LiloThePleo
Sep 24, 2010, 04:59 PM
Currently when using my PC I need to swap between two different pen mice, a normal mouse just to stop my hand seizing up. (Pen mice are brilliant but some tasks need a more stable mouse.)

So as an RSI suffer... YES! The iPad is a god send to the point where I actually use my iPad AS my mouse via air mouse. :) Or I use a remote desktop app where I can to avoid my pc all together.

mac jones
Sep 24, 2010, 05:30 PM
Definitley.

For a while at least, until you develop iPad RSI ;)

LiloThePleo
Sep 24, 2010, 06:33 PM
Definitley.

For a while at least, until you develop iPad RSI ;)

I don't think that could actually happen ;) After all you use the ipad the way that feels most comfortable at the time, and as mentioned above you can use different fingers, or a different hand if you were so inclined :) I certainly haven't had any strain from mine and I use it way too much :rolleyes:

skullnbones
Sep 25, 2010, 08:45 AM
I don't think that could actually happen ;) After all you use the ipad the way that feels most comfortable at the time, and as mentioned above you can use different fingers, or a different hand if you were so inclined :) I certainly haven't had any strain from mine and I use it way too much :rolleyes:

I beg to differ. My right index finger is really sore. So sore is it in fact that I had to take a course of anti-inflammatories when it started hurting. The pain abated a bit once I acquired a bluetooth keyboard. I still have to switch to my middle finger from time to time.

jamied95
Sep 25, 2010, 09:08 AM
Whenever I use the iPad for any amount of time, my wrists start to hurt really bad, as well as permanently click.

Arran
Sep 25, 2010, 10:11 AM
Whenever I use the iPad for any amount of time, my wrists start to hurt really bad, as well as permanently click.

Just wondering - do you use a case? I find the naked iPad very awkward to hold and carry because it's so slippery. My hand muscles seem to be tensed up all the time just keeping a grip on it (an important consideration for a fragile $700 device).

I bought the apple case and that solved the problem. Its "grippy" surface should come as standard on the iPad.

Edit: Do you type much on it? Do you think the keyboard's an issue? I tend to just read.

mac jones
Sep 25, 2010, 11:12 AM
Maybe it's best to rotate usage.

I do that with a laptop. I switch from trackpad to mouse, or Wacom. I also switch hands with the trackpad.

If I don't change fingers/ hands I will cripple myself.

For instance, i'm using my left hand with the touchpad on my Macbook right now (I'm right handed), as my right hand is at risk. I caught the problem before it would develop into RSI, but if I kept it up, that's what would happen.
I've never actually progressed to RSI, but I imgaine it can happen with just about any part of your body ;)

LiloThePleo
Sep 25, 2010, 04:28 PM
Wow I am surprised to hear that some of you do have trouble, might I suggest that you indeed consider a good case and also try just stretching out your hands and doing a little hand exercise every now and then.

wingsabr
Sep 25, 2010, 09:07 PM
Certainly. Although most RSI come from use at work and then doing the same at home.

LiloThePleo
Sep 25, 2010, 09:11 PM
I know the feeling, distance Ed uni student here, half my life revolves around computers :rolleyes:

ArmCortexA8
Sep 26, 2010, 02:36 AM
Ive been using computers of all varieties for over 28 years, im 35 years of age and am a touch-typer (70 wpm), and have never ever suffered any RSI injuries and I don't even lift my wrist when I type. Some people are more prone to this than others.

checor
Sep 26, 2010, 07:10 AM
Don't have an iPad yet but researching one. I know I use my iPhones a whole lot and especially for reading and random surfing and it tends to make my wrists hurt in different ways. :-/

skullnbones
Sep 26, 2010, 08:59 AM
To me it's not the angle, case used (Yoobao or Defender), nor repetitive strain. It's the constant micro-trauma from the percussion of my finger effectively tapping on a window all day. A keyboard has shock absorbing qualitites. Glass is unforgiving.

bahamamamma
Mar 27, 2011, 08:11 PM
Wear and tear is wear and tear. Normally we all "recover" every night, but over time, many folks do develop symptoms in their 40s... As a preventive, stay healthy, exercised, and rested. (And pick your parents better :) ) I'm going to think twice before buying an iPad though. Eye-tracking technology should get here in a couple of years.