The new ergonomic keyboards are designed to minimize finger muscle strain and other similar issues that are caused by extensive typing. Ergonomic keyboards enable hands and wrists to mover as well as rest naturally while typing. Although ergonomic keyboards may not completely reduce typical cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), but to some extent, they do offer relief. Incidentally, there is no specific design or definition for an ergonomic keyboard. As a fact of the matter, such keyboards either have adjustable slopes, contoured designs, or can be split in half for allowing the user to type in angles he wishes to. Some of the other keyboards in the similar class also come with a designs that offer unique wrist rest.
In recent years, ergonomic computer keyboards have gained healthy popularity amongst consumers who are regular users of keyboard for data entry purposes and other tasks that requires excessive typing. Typing for lengthy durations can often cause wrist pain and muscular stress, which can result in development of carpal tunnel syndrome if not attended immediately. Rising demand for technologically enhanced devices for executing repetitive tasks at workplaces is supporting the expansion of the market for ergonomic computer keyboards across the world. A number of organizations have now started to provide ergonomic devices and furniture to their employees in an attempt to create a healthier workplace and increase productivity. According the latest study conducted by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global market for computer keyboards stood at US$ 4,780.5 Mn in 2014. This market is projected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 2.3% between 2015 and 2025. Introduction of more advanced products at competitive prices is anticipated to support the market growth.
In 2014, ergonomic keyboards segment contribute close to US$ 493.1 Mn to the global computer keyboard market value. However, sales of the basic keyboards is relatively higher at present but with the increasing popularity of ergonomic keyboards, demand for the basic segment is likely to fall in the near future.
The computer keyboards market in North America is significantly large in terms of value. On the other hand, Aisa Pacific excluding Japan region holds the top position in terms of unit shipment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly five million people suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome in the US each year. In order to tackle such issue, consumers in the region are adopting ergonomic keyboards for facilitating better muscular support and movement. Meanwhile, demand for such keyboards will continue to rise APEJ in the medium term. This is mainly owing to the growing presence of multinational technology companies in region which include Intel Corporation, Tata Group, Induchem AG, Global Sources, and HubSpot, Inc,. Moreover, recently lowered prices of ergonomic keyboards is further boosting their sales as well. Some of leading companies that operate in the global market for computer keyboards include Logitech International SA, Gold Touch Enterprises Inc., Fellowes Inc., Datadesk Technologies, Shenzhen V4 Electronics Co. Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Kinesis Corporation, Adesso Inc., Posturite Ltd., and Fentek Industries, Inc.