NexGen Ergonomics Announces Distribution Agreement with DataHand Systems Inc.

Montreal, December 17, 2001 -- NexGen Ergonomics Inc. (NexGen) is pleased to announce that it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement for the DataHand Assistive/Ergonomic Keyboard. This unique keyboard has been in development for 11 years and over $12,000.000 has been invested in its development.

The DataHand Assistive/Ergonomic Keyboard assists workers in returning to office employment by eliminating most of the ergonomic stresses found in other keyboard designs. With four modes, shifted by the thumbs, hand movement is no longer required to perform keyboard work.

The DataHand Assistive/Ergonomic Keyboard incorporates a new technology with a brilliant new design to provide ultimate comfort for the injured. The DataHand uses patented magnetic switches, which give you an extremely light touch. Just as dramatic is the design of the key layout. Without losing the QWERTY layout, your fingers lay into five way switches. Because of this, the repetitive motions to strike keys are eliminated with shorter pushes, pulls, and pressing down motions. Finally, the DataHand Keyboard allows you to adjust the keyboard to your most comfortable position. You can use the keyboard in your lap, on a keyboard tray, on your desktop, or even on the arm rests of your chair (or wheelchair).

DataHand Systems, Inc. is a leading and innovative manufacturer of keyboards for the assistive technology market. The DataHand Ergonomic Keyboard is a unique and patented solution enabling keyboard users to reduce health problems such as carpal tunnel injuries resulting from the performance of keyboard work with a standard, traditional keyboard and mouse.

NexGen is the leading distributor and developer of systems for ergonomic and biomechanical job analysis, design and research. These include a variety of software analysis tools performing biomechanical, NIOSH, RULA and other analysis, sEMG analysis systems, data acquisition systems (including goniometers and force sensors), 3D human modeling software, ergonomic design systems, video analysis systems, as well as many other products. NexGen's web site also includes the Ergonomics Resource Center that provides a variety of information resources to industry professionals.

For more information, contact:

David Pinchefsky, B.A.Sc.
NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
Montreal, Canada
Tel: (514) 685-8593