Computer keyboards can be a breeding ground for germs, especially in professional settings when they are shared by co-workers.
Think about it--people cough and sneeze into their hands, then touch the keyboard, and then you touch it...yuk! Or how about in hospital settings, where doctors, nurses and other staff are constantly interacting with germs and then entering information into shared computers? The keyboards are like giant Petri dishes!
A company called Vioguard is gearing up to introduce the first self-disinfecting computer keyboard. It works like this: when the user pushes a button or walks away from the computer, the keyboard automatically withdraws into a compartment, where it is flooded with UV light that reportedly eliminates 99.99% of contamination.
Just think how effective this could be at preventing the spread of disease in hospitals. Genius!
The company expects to begin production in June 2009.
Sneeze photo credit: Evah Smit