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A Really Clever Product

 I have been talking with the folks at Esterline Interface Technologies.  They have an interesting PSoC based keyboard for medical applications. It s called the Medigenic infection control keyboard.  It has a flat wipe able (no crevice) keyboard.  It is set up to count key presses and elapsed time to notify the user to clean the keyboard.  After cleanng, the PSoC does conductive test to see it has really been cleaned.  The Dirty light does not prevent the user from entering data, but the flashing is a dead give away that the user is violating protocol.  Here is a video

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYQ5ZZIbn_Q&feature=related

 I used to design medical equipment and it was pretty gross the kind of stuff you would find in crevices around the keys.  I guess I will be paying attention to the staff at my doctor s the next time I come in for a checkup!  (For my proctologist I want that keyboard cleaned every five key strokes)

 Seriously I could see this idea being used at any public data entry kiosk. (cash machines, airport check in, etc)

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