Anyone who has sat at a computer pounding away on the keyboard for hours knows that if you eat while you type, crumbs are destined to get under the keys. However, Apple apparently wants to change that, as it has filed a patent for a crumb-proof keyboard with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, offering up two possible design ideas.
One of the two ideas for a crumb-proof keyboard is to make sure that the gaps between the keys are sealed completely to keep dust, liquid or any other tiny particles from getting in between them. Apple suggests the use of “membranes or gaskets” around each of the keys to keep “contaminants” from getting under the keys. Other ideas for keeping crumbs out of the keyboard include “brushes, wipers, or flaps that block gaps around key caps” or “funnels, skirts, bands, or other guard structures.” The iPhone maker also suggests the use of a sort of bellows to blow air and push crumbs back out from under the keys.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that there will ever be a crumb-proof keyboard from Apple, as the company tends to patent lots of technology that it never ends up using, just like every other tech giant. However, the iPhone maker certainly has plenty of motivation to build such a keyboard onto its MacBook.