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FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard 185

Posted by samzenpus
from the clean-zone dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Deep down, most people know that the germiest thing they touch all day is the thing they're touching all day: their keyboard. But what, if anything, can be done about it? A couple of former Microsoft hardware guys have launched a keyboard that sterilizes itself via ultraviolet light. While the FDA has signed off on it, tests show that the UV only kills about two-thirds of the germs living in it, and that it still needs to be cleaned by hand."
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FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

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  • by SpazmodeusG (1334705) on Thursday January 05, 2012 @01:47AM (#38592970)

    Just make it with the same antibacterial metal that door handles in hospitals are made from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_copper-alloy_touch_surfaces [wikipedia.org]

    Seems to be a tried and testing technology that works well.

  • by adolf (21054) <flodadolf@gmail.com> on Thursday January 05, 2012 @01:57AM (#38593016) Journal

    The black ones turn just as gross: Take one apart sometime and have a look inside.

    The wife's WoW-playing machine slowly developed some issues with the W and 2 keys on her fancy Saitek keyboard. It was really pretty nasty in there. Some scrubbing bubbles [scrubbingbubbles.com] for the external plastic bits, and a bit of Deoxit [caig.com] on the Mylar membrane switches, and she's got people asking her what she changed because her DPS went through the roof.

    I take apart my favorite keyboard (an old, heavy, squishy white NMB that I really like the key-feel of, Model M be damned) once every year or two and give everything but the keyswitches a good wash in the dishwasher. It's been a good friend for nearly a decade, despite the occasional spill or cigarette ash or the constant bombardment of smoke residue, and I want to keep it around. (The keycaps were worn smooth long ago...)

    So, yeah: I clean keyboards. Time is money, but money can't always buy a keyboard that I actually like. It's more of a functional thing than a spastic reaction to the obvious bacterial flora that obviously must be living on it, but whatever the case cleaning it helps me type in ways that keep me happy.

  • by milkmage (795746) on Thursday January 05, 2012 @02:11AM (#38593100)

    waterproof, sealed, dishwasher safe, antimicrobial keyboards.
    http://www.sealshield.com/ [sealshield.com]

    $149 with a touchpad vs. $900 because it comes with lights?

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