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Apple filed a patent for self-cleaning MacBook keyboard technology

By Polycount ยท 9 replies
Mar 9, 2018
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  1. If you're a regular desktop, laptop or notebook user, you've probably had to contend with keyboard grime on at least one occasion. Food crumbs, grease and other less-than-sanitary bits of junk seem to find their way into keyboards no matter how hard their owners try to prevent it.

    Manually cleaning your keyboard can be a hassle and some laptop owners can't easily remove their device's keycaps at all - a frustration Apple understands if a patent the company filed back in 2016 is anything to go by.

    "Liquid ingress around the keys into the keyboard can damage electronics. Residues from such liquids may corrode or block electrical contacts, getting in the way of key movement and so on," the patent filing reads. The filing goes on to propose a number of unique solutions to the problem, collectively dubbed "Ingress Prevention for Keyboards."

    Apple's remedies are as complicated as they are creative. For example, one of the company's proposed solutions would involve an internal "bellows" that would use air pressure to blow crumbs, liquid and other unwanted materials out of the spaces between a MacBook's keys and its frame.

    One of the company's proposed solutions would involve an internal "bellows" that would use air pressure to blow crumbs, liquid and other unwanted materials out of the spaces between a MacBook's keys and its frame.

    Should an air-based solution fail, Apple's patent filing also mentions a "guard" system that would sit between a MacBook's keys and its main system hardware below. This system could include wipers, flaps and brushes that could block crumbs and liquid from reaching precious internal components.

    As interesting as these solutions sound, it should be noted that a mere patent filing means very little by itself. Companies, Apple included, file patents for technology they never intend to use all the time, often to prevent competitors from using it first. In other words, don't toss your cans of compressed air out just yet.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,615   +984

    This cr** is patentable!!?? Where is the one for putting a doily under each key?
     
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  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,122   +2,544

    I'm patenting a trained mouse to pick up crumbs from keyboard while I'm away.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
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  4. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,265   +309

    I'd buy that.
     
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  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,418   +2,881

    How are his/her typing skills? I could use the extra office help!
     
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,589   +570

    Yea and I invented self sterilizing chap stick
     
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  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,316   +1,929

    So you can patent random ideas with no actual design? Wish I'd known sooner - I'd be the king of the trolls.
     
  8. Ean Mogg

    Ean Mogg TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +40

    It's a vacuum cleaner built in to the cpu fan for when it's not being used to cool it sucks lololol
    **Warning May Cause Fires ** lol
     
  9. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 525   +201

    The patent process needs some serious reform. If you can't produce an actual product, even a rudimentary one. Patent Denied!
     
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,581   +371

    The all New MacBook iCatz
     

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