SOURCE: Torbay Holdings, Inc.

December 07, 2006 10:00 ET

Torbay Holdings, Inc.: U.S. Patent on "Grip-less, Wrist Untwisting" Mouse Granted & Issued

MINEOLA, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2006 -- Torbay Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: TRBY) today announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent protecting the design of Torbay's "Grip-less, wrist untwisting" computer mouse design. Issued under Patent No 7,145,548 titled "Biomechanical Low Load Computer Mouse," this allows Torbay to exploit the legal monopoly conferred upon the company under the Patent process. The protection afforded covers Torbay's existing AirO2bic mouse products and also its future mouse products that include the grip-less and wrist untwisted design.

Tom Large, President & CEO, stated: "As we work closer toward the manufacturing stage of our new mouse, it is reassuring to know that this level of protection for our technology is now in place. Of relevance is a white paper published by Microsoft in September of this year and titled 'The Importance of Ergonomic Input Devices in the Workplace,' (link below). Relative to computer mice it expresses the opinion that mice optimized for the right hand have an advantage of 'reduced wrist twisting (pronation).' The examples shown which demonstrate this advantage are those of more vertical posture mice, as are Torbay's mouse products, though those shown still require intimate contact with users' fingers, which Torbay's products do not and is the essence of our patent novelty. We believe this to be independent validation of our design that contributes towards the perceived value of this patent. Microsoft's paper also suggests that sales to corporate users of ambidextrous mice (palm down, wrist twisting mice) are a form of compromise, a 'generic' option, so that any employee can use any corporate computer. This while recognizing that designs that cause less wrist twisting are preferred.

"Microsoft also states OSHA figures of the costs associated with RSI to be between $15Bn and $20Bn annually. In a hypothetical model they propose, based upon studies, they speculate that a company with 500 computer users that achieves a 10% reduction in RSI would see an annual saving of $700,000. The ability to design a wrist untwisting, pronation reducing mouse, that can be both left and right handed, does not appear to have been envisaged.

"Torbay's future mouse product, renamed to Morph™ mouse, allows for either hand to be used and also, importantly, all angles of wrist pronation (twist) between zero and ninety degrees. Zero being the neutral or handshake position and ninety being palm down posture. In this way the user can select which working position they prefer rather than being forced into a working position by the mouse purchased by their employer."

Tom Large continued: "We are committed to the initiative of reducing RSI-related injury, together with associated costs. We are about to conduct studies on K-12 school children so as to ensure that Morph™ mouse will be appropriately sized for them. We should shortly commence tooling and if necessary will tool to produce two sizes, Morph™ and Mini-Morph™, the School Mouse. We believe it essential and effective, both in human and dollar terms, to ensure that future generations learn to employ the best tools, and practices that recent research suggests may help to stem the RSI tide. Studies suggest the potential for one in three children who are being taught to use computers in school today, to develop debilitating impairment before they have repaid their student loans. Add to this the very recent Mayo Clinic findings, which suggest that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by injury as a result of finger activity. We believe these independent findings bring focus to the issue and provide extra impetus to an initiative that we call 'Project School Mouse.' 'Project School Mouse' will be an invitation to retail partners, possibly via some form of 'back to school' loyalty promotion, to finance the cost of placing a Morph™ or Mini-Morph™ mouse into schools and colleges throughout the U.S."

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Microsoft Ergonomic White Paper Link:

"Home Movie" of Morph Mouse Prototype:

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