IOGEAR unveils Germ Free Wireless Mouse

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iogear-germ-free.jpgIf you’re suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder like Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1997 Academy Award Winning film, As Good As It Gets, perhaps the Germ Free Laser Mouse from IOGEAR will be able to alleviate your fears of catching some unknown disease by virtue of sharing your computer mouse with other people. The Germ Free Laser Mouse is free from any heavy metals, so those with sensitive skin need to rush to the cupboard to break out the ointment.

No, this mouse does not get rid of bacteria and germs by zapping them with a bright red laser – instead, the Germ Free Laser Mouse comes coated in a layer of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Silver (Ag) nano-particle compounds which boast a couple of mechanisms that are used to deactivate enzymes and proteins across a wide range of bacteria, virus, fungi, and algae. This prevents them from surviving on the mouse, and in turn, spreading. Tests in laboratories have shown that this compound is effective in removing harmful colonies of microbes on the insulated surface.

This 1600dpi mouse uses a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) which offers 30x more tracking power when compared against mice that use an optical sensor. VCSEL enables this mouse to function on virtually any surface imaginable, even on glass which remains off-limits to standard optical mice. It has a wireless range of 2 meters and comes with an On/Off switch to help you conserve power when not in use.

Source: Ubergizmo

2 reviews or comments

Gary Says: September 26, 2006 at 8:31 am

What happens if you are allergic to Titanium Dioxide or Silver?

Edwin Says: September 26, 2006 at 10:00 am

One must be a descendant of a werewolf then :P
Just kidding. Anyhows, I guess that will then require the user to choose which is worse – wearing a glove while using the mouse, or get on with the program and share the love with those microbes…

I personally think wearing a glove is unpractical, so I’ll have to go for the latter.

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