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Two completely smooth capacitive glass keyboards from Preh

Posted November 13, 2009

Preh has just announced two interesting glass-surfaced water-resistant keyboards with capacitive keys and four-levels of acoustic feedback.

The GTW 10  is designed for use in medical applications, can be operated while wearing surgical gloves, contains an integrated touchpad, and is resistant to acid(!).

The GTB 11 removes the touchpad, but adds dimmable blue backlighting. Though it’s recommended for the boardroom, it can also be operated while wearing surgical gloves (according to the photos).

It’s unknown how many keys can be simultaneously registered (hopefully enough for CTRL+ALT+DEL), or if the trackpad is multi-touch. It looks like it would take some adjustment to be comfortable touch-typing on these keyboards, but would make a buttonless trifecta alongside an iPhone and Magic Mouse.

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Cherry Stream XT Keyboard: Slim, Quiet, Spill Resistant

Posted September 28, 2009

Cherry Stream XTNew Ultra-Flat Cherry Keyboard is Spill Resistant

Cherry’s new Stream XT ultra-flat keyboard with whisper keystroke technology provides nearly silent operation and high resistance to liquid spills.

With an overall height of just over 0.7 inches, the Stream offers a flat but ergonomic design that complements a contemporary workspace. The Stream has been recognized with the AGR seal of approval for ergonomic, back-friendly work.

The Stream is also built for durability, with standard keystroke life of greater than 10 million operations. Plug & Play means no software installation is needed, and the Stream comes with 6 HotKeys for volume control and Mediaplayer functions.

The Cherry Stream XT is a USB corded keyboard, but it comes equipped with a PS/2 adapter.

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Cherry Increases its Industrial Line with J84-4300 “WipeKey” Washable Keyboard

Posted September 18, 2009

Cherry J84-4300Cherry’s new J84-4300 “WipeKey” Cleanable keyboard addresses the growing need for cleanable keyboards in industrial, medical and institutional environments.

A study published in “Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology” journal found germs on keyboards in the healthcare environment to be common. Data from the report suggest that keyboards can be successfully decontaminated with disinfectants, and report authors recommend that “Keyboards should be disinfected daily or when visibly soiled or if they become contaminated with blood.”

Cherry’s “WipeKey” keyboard is resistant to moisture because of its rubber membrane design and moisture drain pattern. However, it offers the tactility and speed typing of a typical notebook keyboard.

WipeKey provides 10 million keystroke endurance in a compact, low-profile package of 14.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.75″. Its integrated rubber pointing device is also rated to IP55 for resistance to liquids and dust. The standard version is equipped with USB interface. It is ideal for applications in diagnostic equipment, medical carts, laboratories, factories and schools.

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