Microsoft has dove headfirst into touch control with its Windows 8 operating system, but it hasn’t abandoned traditional input entirely.
Today, the company introduced its new Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard and mouse, which it hopes will both alleviate physical stress and make Windows 8 easier to navigate.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard, for one, looks mighty different than the Natural series of keyboards Microsoft currently sells. Microsoft says it was codenamed “Manta Ray” at one point, and it’s easy to see why–the keyboard is split down the middle of the “6” and “7” keys.
Beyond the new design, the new keyboard sports a cushioned palm rest, a number pad that can be separated from its base, a removable height riser and dedicated buttons for snap controls and Charms that match those found in Windows 8.
The Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse, meanwhile, is big and round, but comes with a deep thumb rest and a built-in Windows button, which takes you to the Windows 8 start screen when pressed.
Both the keyboard and mouse work with Windows 7, Windows RT and Windows 8. They can both be hooked up through a lone USB cable, or they can function wirelessly through Bluetooth.
The two can be purchased in one bundle, dubbed the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, sometime this month for $130. When bought separately, the keyboard can be had for $81 beginning this September, while the mouse can be purchased for $60 before the end of this month.
Source: Windows Experience Blog