At a show like CES, you see a lot of “Wow!” tech gadgets and computers. If you want to be dazzled, CES is the place to be.
But I also like to look at the accessories. Some of my most satisfying purchases are the inexpensive things that make a daily task more pleasant or more functional. Even mundane things like keyboard covers can do a lot for your office, to keep keys from sticking, making for a more pleasant experience when you use your keyboard. There are also antimicrobial products designed to prevent the spread of germs.
The image with this post shows one such keyboard protector made of a thin sheet of silicone. It is thin enough to let you use the keys without interference. But it’s sturdy enough that you can wash the protector in a dishpan, let it dry, and use it again. It comes with an optional antimicrobial additive made of silver-ion which destroys fungi, bacteria and algae. They are available from Green Onions Supply and can be purchased at retailers and on Amazon, starting at about $6 on up.
There are even more innovative solutions, including one company exhibiting what they call “the world’s first dishwasher-safe” gadgets. They offer a dishwasher-safe keyboard, a mouse, a cell phone and a remote control for your TV. When these items get dirty, you can just throw them in the dishwasher, according to Seal Shield, the company that makes them. Some of the items also have antimicrobial additives in the plastic used to make them.
And then there’s the silly-putty like substance called Cyber Clean. It’s yellow and comes in a pouch or cup. You place the substance over the item you want to clean, such as a keyboard, and it picks up all the fuzz, crumbs and other junk.