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Cleankeys Touch Keyboard Gives Germs Nowhere To Hide

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By Evan Ackerman

You don’t have to be a hypochondriac to get freaked out by the amount of nastiness that’s probably living on and around your computer keyboard. And not just living, but also eating, pooping, dying, and having lots and lots of unprotected sex. Ick. Traditional keyboards are full of all kinds of nooks and crannies that are to bacteria what the back of a Volvo is to high school kids, and just like with high school kids, you can only eradicate about 5% of them with a disinfecting cloth.

The Cleankeys keyboard eliminates all of the hiding spots that you’d find on a keyboard with, you know, keys, by being completely 100% touch sensitive. This means that if you wipe the keyboard down with a disinfecting cloth you get rid of 99% of the nastiness in one fell swoop. Since the average keyboard has 3,295 germs per square inch, that leaves a mere 33 germs per square inch to deal with on the Cleankeys keyboard. Incidentally, the average toilet seat has about 49 germs per square inch. Cleankeys: it’s cleaner than your toilet!

Actually using the Cleankeys keyboard would take some getting used to, since there’s no feedback when you push a key. Cleankeys says that it’s about 30% slower than typing on a standard keyboard, but “that time is typically made up many times in the time saved cleaning.” Mmmhmm. They keyboard is entirely washable (you can stick it under running water), includes an integrated trackpad, and is available with a plastic or glass top for $400 and $450 respectively.

[ CleanKeys ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]







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  • EspritOuvert

    At first I thought it was one of those pop bubbles type of interface. I could never get the hang out a touch keyboard.

  • coltenmarsden

    Cleankeys is a touch surface, but it is also the only touch capacitive surface that you can rest your hands on. There is little divots called “keywells” over every key allowing you to feel where you are typing. Cleankeys also gives an auditory feedback of a clicking type sound to simulate the tapping of a key.

    Although your speed may be 30% slower initially over time your speed will grow. The CEO of Cleankeys currently types at 72wpm on Cleankeys.

  • Jessicat

    So there isn't any resting on the home keys huh… I wonder how gaming will be on one. The germaphobic women in me is happy. I love the concept of a clean keyboard.

  • Jessicat

    So there isn't any resting on the home keys huh… I wonder how gaming will be on one. The germaphobic women in me is happy. I love the concept of a clean keyboard.

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