A Self-Sanitizing Keyboard?By: Chris Richardson - January 3, 2012
Do dirty keyboards make your skin crawl? Does the idea of using a keyboard after someone else has touched it leave you clammy? If so, Vioguard may have something you’d be interested, provided the idea of a self-sanitizing keyboard appeals to you.
The Vioguard keyboard was developed by two previous Microsoft employees, and it has just received approval from the FDA, and can now be used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, meaning it’s not just for mysophobia sufferers. The device itself is pretty ingenious. It features a keyboard and an attached enclosure, and when the keyboard is not in use, it retracts inside of the enclosure, and is then bathed “with germicidal ultraviolet light,” removing the offending germs and other microbial nasties.
The site offers a full description of the keyboard’s functions:
The Vioguard keyboard is stored in a mechanized enclosure (which doubles as a monitor stand) when not in use. It safely floods the keyboard and track pad with germicidal ultraviolet light. When a user sits down at the workstation and activates the infrared motion sensor with the wave of a hand, the keyboard automatically extends into working position. When the user is finished, the keyboard automatically retracts back inside the enclosure and activates the germicidal ultraviolet lights.
LED indicators are used to let the user know when the keyboard has been sanitized and is ready for use. The sanitization cycle can be interrupted anytime to ensure the keyboard is available as needed.
Naturally, there isn’t much in the way of price information for Vioguard’s keyboard, but there are a number of contacts available for those who are interested in acquiring the peripheral.
In GeekWire’s post, however, it is revealed that Vioguard’s keyboard was previously offered to consumers on Amazon, for the feel-good price of $900. While the item is no longer available on Amazon, it does give you a good idea of how much you’ll need to spend to acquire one of these keyboards.