updated 09:55 am EDT, Tue April 26, 2011
Flat panel keybord begins shipping in May
Japanese manufacturer Minebea has announced that its "COOL LEAF" keyboard will be in Japanese retail outlets starting May 13th. The keyboard features a mirror-like flat smooth surface panel design. The smooth surface makes it well suited for areas requiring extreme cleanliness and dust resistance such as medical treatment and food processing environments. Its illumination makes it ideal for low ambient light situations such as home theaters.
The initial model will be a 108 key Japanese language version. A second version for English, German French and Italian will be available in July. Initially, the KOOL LEAF will support Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. A Mac version is planned but no release date has been given. The COOL LEAF is shipped with a USB cable and cleaning cloth.