Daily Giz Wiz 756: Seal Shield

Episode 756 of the podcast

Seal Shield
Subject: Review of Seal Shield
Released:Monday 2 February 2009
Length:about 20 minutes
Download file:dgw0756.mp3 (9.4 MB)

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Short info

Stay clear of germs with the dishwasher-safe Seal Shield keyboard.

Detailed information

Keyboards and mice collect all sorts of dirt, grime and bacteria over time, but are difficult to clean.  Leo is known to have put his keyboards into the dishwasher for cleaning, and listeners have tried that too, some less successfully than others (see Episode 560).

Now finally there is a consumer keyboard designed to solve that problem.  At CES this year, Seal Shield exhibited their line of Silver Seal Keyboards which are waterproof, spill-proof, dishwasher-safe and antimicrobial.  The surface of the keyboards is coated with "Silver Seal" which uses silver ions embedded in high grade plastic to create an antimicrobial solution that inhibits or slows down microbial and bacterial growth.  When the keyboards get dirty, they are can be fully submerged in a sink of sudsy water, or put into the dishwasher, for a thorough cleaning.  They come with a "Seal Cap" which protects the USB connector during cleaning.  Dick was given a sample which survived his modest dishwasher.

Dick and Leo think this is a great product, even though the name "Seal Shield Silver Seal" is a bit of a tongue-twister.  Also available are dishwasher-safe mice and universal remotes.  Leo is going to get a numer of these keyboards for the TWiT Cottage, and perhaps a dishwasher too.

Another Glowing Keyboard for Dick

Dick warns Leo that before he orders his keyboards, he should know that a new glowing backlit model is coming from Seal Shield.  It's the Silver Flex, also dishwasher-safe and anti-microbial.

In Defence of the Cell-Mate

Kevin Selle boldly goes where no one wants to tread.  He is standing up for the Cell-Mate (Episode 744), and encouraging the company to forge ahead.  Why stop with the cellphone?  Who could argue against the benefit of a giant velcro patch on your head and attaching stuff on to your head so you won't lose it again?  Keys-Mate, Spork-Mate, Flashlight-Mate, Passport-Mate (hello, Jennifer), Purse-Mate (goodbye to the Purseguard, Episode 406) come to mind.  Just don't try it with the UroClub (Episode 598).

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