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Intel unveils spill-proof keyboard

Published: 3:50PM Wednesday October 24, 2007 Source: AAP

Intel has developed a new type of keyboard that allows air to be drawn from above, but prevents liquids from passing through.

The "water-proof" keyboard could be a boom for laptop manufacturers who have been looking at new ways to help their computers keep their cool.

Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.

However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.

Intel is remaining quiet on how the semi-porous material works nor is there any word on when the water-proof keyboards will become available, although it is expected to be sometime next year.