(from Greek ergon
work and nomoi
natural laws) is the study of designing objects to be better adapted to the shape of the human
body and/or to correct the user's posture
. Common examples include chairs designed to prevent the user from sitting in positions that may have a detrimental effect on the spine
, and the ergonomic desk
which offers an adjustable keyboard tray, a main desktop of variable height and other elements which can be changed by the user.
Ergonomics also governs the design of alternative computer input devices for people who want to avoid repetitive stress injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. A normal computer keyboard tends to force users to keep their hands together and hunch their shoulders. To prevent the injuries, or to give relief to people who already have symptoms, special split keyboards, curved keyboards, not-really-keyboards keyboards, and other alternative input devices exist.
See also: Aeron chair, computer accessibility