A Standing Ovation; BioJava Percolates; As Seen on TV

Courtesy of VistaLab

GADGET WATCH | A Standing Ovation
Studies show that routine use of a pipettor can produce repetitive stress injuries and discomfort in the neck, shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist. Mt. Kisco, NY-based VistaLab (www.vistalab.com) decided to find out why. The company asked ergonomics experts to study how people use pipettes and to recommend design improvements that could ease the pain. The experts offered four suggestions:

  • Keep the elbow close to the body
  • Avoid significant rotation of the forearm
  • Maintain a palm-down position to reduce stress in the carpal tunnel
  • Keep the hand within 12 vertical inches of the work surface

The company then asked a design firm to create a prototype device that would allow users to meet these criteria. The result: VistaLab's Ovation® BioNatural Pipette.

The colorful Ovation line features a nonaxial design, contoured...

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