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AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: Typing On A Bamboo Keyboard (Watch For Splinters)
April 1, 2012
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Plastic can be a problematic material for environmentalists. On the one hand, it presents some pretty obvious problems - cluttering up landfills, clogging up parts of the ocean and just generally refusing to decompose in a reasonable amount of time.

On the other hand, it would be hard to find among even the most dedicated environmentalists someone who can do without plastic entirely. For one thing, it's the material used to make phones, computers and other vital tools for work and communication - and just try mounting any kind of green campaign without access to those devices.

Which is why the notion of computer parts made out of wood is pretty cool. Rather than yet another piece of plastic to add to your workstation, the designers of a new keyboard have assembled it almost entirely out of bamboo - and by hand, too. That means it's renewable and recyclable, and won't fill up waste piles for millennia.

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Sound too good to be true? It kinda is: The keyboard's developers, iZen, have self-funded the prototype, but are looking to crowdsource a production line that can actually make it available for general purchase.

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The iZen site says the keyboard is compatible with most computers and wireless devices, including tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.

No word yet, though, on if you can expect to get splinters in your fingers on a daily basis.

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