When turned on, the Cool Leaf touch-panel keyboard from Japan-based Minebe displays a backlit keyboard interface. When switched off, the keyboard looks like a common household mirror.
Designed by Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki, the mirror-like touch-panel surface of the keyboard doesn't contain any holes for dirt to fall in. Hence, it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. As such, the keyboard is expected to be used in areas that place a priority on cleanliness such as medical treatment sites and food plants.
For the time being, the keyboard is only compatible with Windows. Apple users won't have to miss out on this product, though, as a Mac version has also been announced.
The Cool Leaf will be available in Japan on May 13 for 26,000 yen ($316). The English, German, French, and Italian versions are scheduled to be released in July.