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Keyboard Kills Germs, Viruses and the Nasties

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

If you can't keep clean, this keyboard will wipe after you.

The keyboard is the most used part of any computer system. It gets your finger treatment all day long and probably even gets other people's fingers.

Most probably, your keyboard is dirtier than your toilet.

So how do you avoid all the germs that are infesting your keyboard? You get what's called the Vioguard keyboard.

The Vioguard keyboard is like any other keyboard, except it comes with a build in UV sanitizing system. When activated, the keyboard will retract into the germ killing unit and the lid will close. Then the keyboard is subjected to 90 seconds of intense UV light. According to Vioguard, the system eliminates 99.99-percent of germs and viruses--even H1N1.

According to Vioguard:

Vioguard's keyboard uses high power germicidal ultraviolet light, otherwise known as UV-C, at 254 nm wavelength. Recent advances in lamp and electronic ballast technology have made it possible to provide high power levels combined with long lamp life, which means the bulbs will last for many months even in the heaviest possible use cases.

The keyboard uses two 25-watt UV-C lamps with a reflector and diffuser to distribute the light evenly. Based on published data, this level of UV-C will kill more than 99.9% of harmful microorganisms such as MRSA, mold, and other contaminants within seconds. ยน

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    sunflier , October 12, 2009 6:16 PM
    Do I hear Vioguard Hard drive in the works??
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    theblackbird , October 12, 2009 6:16 PM
    You'll still have to clean it tho: it doesn't remove fat and other hamburger or pizza leftovers.

    Nice idea, but they should have made it a general cleaning unit. Not just desinfecting.
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    papasmurf , October 12, 2009 6:18 PM
    (You were all thinking it)

    but is it spermicidal?
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    hellwig , October 12, 2009 6:28 PM
    theblackbirdYou'll still have to clean it tho: it doesn't remove fat and other hamburger or pizza leftovers.Nice idea, but they should have made it a general cleaning unit. Not just desinfecting.

    I agree! This unit simply sounds like a couple hundred dollar replacement for a can of Lysol. One spray of Lysol kills 98% of germs on contact, and 99.9% of germs within 30 seconds. One light spray on the surface of the keys won't cause any harm to the keyboard, and I think you can get a rather large can of the stuff at any grocery store for like $5.
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    balister , October 12, 2009 6:33 PM
    This is really meant for use in medical fields (labs, treatment rooms, and the like) where staff (doctors, nurses, technicians, etc) come in contact with all kinds of "bugs".
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    koga73 , October 12, 2009 6:44 PM
    wow, great idea!
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    liquid0h , October 12, 2009 6:51 PM
    balisterThis is really meant for use in medical fields (labs, treatment rooms, and the like) where staff (doctors, nurses, technicians, etc) come in contact with all kinds of "bugs".


    Probably useful for someone who is immunodepressed too (ex. HIV)
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    wildwell , October 12, 2009 7:04 PM
    How much? $$$
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    Regulas , October 12, 2009 7:06 PM
    This should sell well to people with a paranoid hypochondriac mentality and there are allot of them.
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    Gin Fushicho , October 12, 2009 7:25 PM
    I still have to pull the cat hair out from under my keys.
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    The_Blood_Raven , October 12, 2009 7:29 PM
    papasmurf(You were all thinking it)but is it spermicidal?


    No, no I wasn't...

    ...Just no.
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    JohnnyLucky , October 12, 2009 7:47 PM
    Great idea for a biomed laboratory and that will mean it's very expensive.
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    jellico , October 12, 2009 7:55 PM
    Oh brother! What a waste of money. Personally, every few days or so, I just grab the 99 cent botton of isopropyl alcohol (the 91% stuff) off my shelf and a paper towel. Dab a little alcohol on the paper towel and wipe the keyboard down. Every few weeks, I'll add in the process a few Q-tips dipped in alcohol to get between the keys. Every few months, I'll pop all of the keys off and thoroughly clean the whole keyboard.

    Isopropyl alcohol is cheap, dries instantly, leaves no odor, is safe to use on electronics, and it kills 99.9% of germs and physically cleans the surface.
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    the hedgehog , October 12, 2009 8:34 PM
    While for everyday use in a home is kinda pointless I'm pretty sure there are jobs and people who could uses this type of thing.

    I'm reminded of that episode of Mythbusters when they tested the toilet seat for germs and it come out pretty clean.

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    blackthorne , October 12, 2009 8:44 PM
    germs check in.....but they dont check out...
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    uh_no , October 12, 2009 9:10 PM
    this is quite ridiculous.....germaphobes are gonna be loving this.....
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    Sythix , October 12, 2009 9:18 PM
    Grammar Police here..
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    beehew , October 12, 2009 9:23 PM
    Overly complex and expensive solution. As many other have already said; alcohol, wipes, sprays- done.

    The fat beast that had my wokspace before me must have used her keyboard as a dinner plate. Food and crap all over it and down under the keys. Nasty.
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    Anonymous , October 12, 2009 9:32 PM
    It also affects the integrity of the plastic.
    White plastic will turn yellowish, and cheaper black plastic will turn dark purple or blue.
    Letters may disappear on the board...

    UV light does not only desintegrate living organisms, it also affects plastics, and dead materials.
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    WINTERLORD , October 12, 2009 10:38 PM
    this reminds me of the jetsons.....

    however, this will prolly be the first keyboard to colinate Mars
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