For all of you germophobics out there, here’s something for you: An antibacterial, dishwasher safe keyboard and mouse. The Silver Seal keyboard and mouse from Seal Shield Corp. are made from antibacterial plastic that is infused with something they refer to as all natural, pure silver ions. This, according to the company, is the big difference between the Silver Seal product line and other “antimicrobial” keyboards and mice. Those offerings are manufactured with a chemical coating that can rub off, but the Silver Seal keyboards and mice leverage the ions so when they’re exposed to moisture in the air, it creates an antimicrobial shield around the hardware to resist any bacteria.
Those shaking their head might want to take notice. According to recent studies, the keyboard and the mouse are major sources of cross contamination infections, sometimes housing infections that can survive on the hardware for up to six weeks.
If the ions don’t convince you about being germ-free, just throw the Silver Seal keyboard into the dishwasher. Apparently, it’s dishwasher safe.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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