Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I Wish Someone Would Invent: A Cleanable Keyboard

Have you ever thought about an invention that maybe YOU can't make, but it sure would be nice if someone else did?

I wish someone would invent a keyboard that you could easily unlatch and open up, wipe off all the dust, dead skin, muffin crumbs, Mountain Dew, and microbes, and then close it up, nice and easy. You wouldn't have to take out all of the keys, or crack open any warranty-voiding seals, just open, wipe, close.

I'm sure you'd have to make sure there was an effective connection between the physical keys and the corresponding circuits that went across the flat barrier. Undoubtedly that would be a little more tricky than the way most keyboards are made now, but I'm sure there are companies that have cleanliness needs that are more extreme than mine and they could come up with something.

So, you want to invent it? Already know about something just like it? Got a reason why it would never work? Got some suggestions? Got your own "I Wish Someone Would Invent..."? See you in the comments!


@Chris_DFS said...

While you will still need to crack it open, a lot of keyboard parts can actually go in the dishwasher!

When I spilled half a can of Coke in mine years ago, I gave it a bath in the tub...

Matt Schuster said...

Yep. All you need to do is blow out all of the excess moisture with compressed air before you plug it back in.

Blogfoot said...

Way to crush a man's dream, guys.

Donn Ha said...

They also have sealed keyboards but they're not much fun to type on.

Blogfoot said...

But Grandma's love them, as they match the furniture.

Shad said...

I've tried to take keyboards apart and clean them and they've never gone back together quite right. It needs to be much easier.

Opheliac9 said...

Well, there's something like this (medical keyboards), but they're on high-end monetarily.

Perhaps a projector keyboard would suit ya?

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