When it comes to catching cold and flu, you might start wondering if that innocent-looking computer mouse on the desk is actually a petri dish with buttons – especially if it is connected to a public computer at a school or library. At least one mouse is fighting back: the Germ Free Wireless Laser Mouse from Iogear has a special coating that its maker says will neutralize 99% of the microbes on its surface.
The outer shell of the mouse is coated with tiny particles of titanium oxide and silver, and it uses a chemical reaction to battle bacteria and viruses. The titanium oxide attracts oxygen and water molecules, and when those are combined with light and the titanium oxide’s electrons, they give off free oxygen ion bases.
Iogear says these ions reduce or eliminate germs – and also create more carbon, oxygen and water particles to start the process all over again, making the mouse self-cleaning.