Boffins at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York have developed a new method of cleaning discarded keyboards ruined by dirt and coffee spills.
While it might seem a little drastic, the Clean Technologies Group at RIT's National Centre for Re-manufacturing and Resource Recovery has developed a method of restoring keyboards by using ultrasonic cleaning.
The keyboard is opened, the electronic parts are taken out, and the non-electronic components are submerged in a mild alkaline solution.
Apparently, the ultrasonic energy from the solution creates bubbles that agitate the grit and grime on the keyboard and remove unwanted particles.
Local newspaper the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that the RIT group plans to pass the idea along to companies and computer owners who can benefit from the process.
But it remains to be seen how many users could actually be bothered.
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