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The effect of a feedback signal in a computer mouse on hovering behaviour, productivity, comfort and usability in a field study

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Author: Kraker, H. de · Korte, E. de · Mil, F. van · Rijs, B. · Bongers, P.
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Ergonomics, 2, 51, 140-155
Identifier: 240635
doi: doi:10.1080/00140130701565646
Keywords: Workplace · Arbeidsproductiviteit · Behaviour · Computer mouse · Feedback · Prevention of work related upper limb symptoms · Productivity · Biomechanics · Computer peripheral equipment · Feedback · Mice (computer peripherals) · Vibrations (mechanical) · Feedback signal · Hovering behavior · Ergonomics · Adaptive behavior · Arm disease · Clinical trial · Computer mouse · Controlled clinical trial · Controlled study · Feedback system · Human experiment · Intermethod comparison · Occupational disease · Productivity · Questionnaire · Randomized controlled trial · Tactile stimulation · Vibration sense · Adult · Efficiency · Feedback, Psychological · Female · Health Behavior · Health Surveys · Humans · Male · Man-Machine Systems · Musculoskeletal Diseases · Occupational Health · Posture · User-Computer Interface · Vibration · Workplace


The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a tactile feedback signal on hovering behaviour, productivity, usability and comfort after 1 week of using an experimental mouse. In a randomized controlled trial, a regular computer mouse was compared to a new developed mouse with a tactile, vibrating feedback signal to prevent unnecessary hovering above the computer mouse. According to this study, participants do decrease their hovering behaviour when using a mouse with tactile feedback. Furthermore, the mouse with tactile feedback did not influence productivity. Usability was rated somewhat mixed. The use of a mouse with a tactile vibrating feedback signal seems promising for preventing neck, shoulder and arm complaints. Further research is needed to study long-term effects on (prevention of) neck, shoulder and arm complaints and development of learning effects.