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Gingersnap
01-13-2009, 01:54 PM
Computer keyboard you can pop in the dishwasher could eradicate superbugs in hospitals

By Claire Bates
Last updated at 4:24 PM on 12th January 2009

A keyboard and mouse that can be popped into a dishwasher after they become grubby could be an answer to a prayer for workers everywhere.
It could also help to eradicate superbugs in hospitals across Britain.

The wireless devices were created by Seal Shield, an American health care company, who have presented them at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Silver Surf Keyboard and laser mouse can be put through the dishwasher. They have an integrated wrist rest with no wires to disconnect and no need to remove batteries for cleaning.

The keyboard also has silver ions embedded in the plastic. The makers claim this Silver Seal protection 'has been shown to safely inhibit microbial growth and reduce the spread of odor causing bacteria.'

A spokesman said: 'Regular cleaning of the Silver Surf keyboard in the sink or dishwasher can help prevent the spread of germs, viruses and bacteria, which are known to harbor on frequently touched surfaces.'
The company also offers washable TV remote controls. Prices for the keyboard start from $39.99 from sealshield.com or keyboardco.com for the UK.

Seal Shield Chief Executive Brad Whitchurch said all the products were 'completely impenetrable to water.'
The launch follows a recent study by consumer watchdog Which? found keyboards could be five times dirtier than the average toilet seat.

I must have this! :D

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1112626/Computer-keyboard-pop-dishwasher-eradicate-superbugs-hospitals.html)

PoliCon
01-13-2009, 01:57 PM
I must have this! :D

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1112626/Computer-keyboard-pop-dishwasher-eradicate-superbugs-hospitals.html)meh. Get this one (http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8193/) instead - you don't even have to wash it. :cool:

Gingersnap
01-13-2009, 01:59 PM
meh. Get this one (http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8193/) instead - you don't even have to wash it. :cool:

Bad link. :(

PoliCon
01-13-2009, 02:03 PM
Bad link. :(fixed thanks. :o

megimoo
01-13-2009, 02:16 PM
meh. Get this one (http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8193/) instead - you don't even have to wash it. :cool:
low cost speech input is just around the corner and is available now at a high price .

FeebMaster
01-13-2009, 02:30 PM
Are they clackity?

PoliCon
01-13-2009, 02:30 PM
low cost speech input is just around the corner and is available now at a high price .you can't use that for everything. :rolleyes:

Gingersnap
01-13-2009, 02:58 PM
low cost speech input is just around the corner and is available now at a high price .

I like PoliCon's laser keyboard idea better. Do you really want to talk out loud to your search engine or spreadsheet? I don't think that would be a good idea.

To Feeb: yes, the laser one is clackity. :)

RobJohnson
01-13-2009, 02:58 PM
I must have this! :D

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1112626/Computer-keyboard-pop-dishwasher-eradicate-superbugs-hospitals.html)

Great idea!

PoliCon
01-13-2009, 03:14 PM
I like PoliCon's laser keyboard idea better. Do you really want to talk out loud to your search engine or spreadsheet? I don't think that would be a good idea.

To Feeb: yes, the laser one is clackity. :)now if you're cheap - there is always THIS ONE (http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/5a7f/) or if you have money to burn - this one is AWESOME!
(http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/9836/)

jawilljr
01-13-2009, 07:42 PM
That is not new. I have always put keyboards in the dishwasher. Do not use heated dry. After the dishwasher is done, take the keyboard apart (mine has screws on the bottom) and let it air dry overnight. Put it back together and use it.

Or you can do it this way (http://plasticbugs.com/?p=263).

Jerry

Zeus
01-13-2009, 08:45 PM
That is not new. I have always put keyboards in the dishwasher. Do not use heated dry. After the dishwasher is done, take the keyboard apart (mine has screws on the bottom) and let it air dry overnight. Put it back together and use it.

Or you can do it this way (http://plasticbugs.com/?p=263).

Jerry


I've used the Veggie spraey by the kitchen sink on a few keyboards. Works like a charm. Never took it apart just let it dry.

FeebMaster
01-14-2009, 07:37 AM
To Feeb: yes, the laser one is clackity. :)

haha. I'll bet you could rig it to play a sound file of a buckling spring clicking every time you press a "key".

PoliCon
01-14-2009, 09:54 AM
haha. I'll bet you could rig it to play a sound file of a buckling spring clicking every time you press a "key". and it cleans up with a can of pledge!