Vioguard’s Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

By Stephanie Rubesh March 7, 2012 Published in the March 2012 issue of Seattle Met

Photo: Courtesy Vioguard

BEFORE YOU REACH for that turkey on rye sitting Mac-side, consider: Your computer’s keyboard teems with up to five times as many germs as the average toilet seat—flu viruses of every caliber included. A Kirkland-based team of techies says it possesses the ultimate weapon in the fight against the tiny QWERTY crawlies. The company, Vioguard, developed a keyboard and touchpad that retract into a mechanized enclosure where they’re blasted with ultraviolet light for 90 seconds. That’s enough radiation to kill off any microbial population and greatly reduce the risk of shared-surface transmitted diseases such as MRSA, says Vioguard president Larry Ranta. The FDA approved the keyboard in January, and Ranta and crew signed a deal with HP to market and distribute the product—so those microbes never make it to your turkey sandwich.

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