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Eliminate annoying fingerprints in one sweep
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In the laboratory we have many pieces of complicated equipment which are controlled by computers. These computers have flat screen monitors which are very lovely and allow us to keep track of our evil schemes and plans for world domination.

The thing about monitors is that it's all too easy to point at things on the screen when discussing evil schemes with minions and henchmen. Unfortunately, my colleague Ian, who does like things to be neat and tidy, gets particularly annoyed when we do this as it leaves fingerprints on the screen.

My solution: tear off screens.

Formula one drivers have tear off see-through sheets on the front of their visors so when they get dirty they can just rip off the top sheet, leaving a clean visor underneath. I propose a pack of see through plastic sheets, which are stuck to the screen, rather like the plastic protectors you get on mobile phone screens when you first get them. At the first hint of a sticky fingerprint, Ian (or your resident lab stickler-for-cleanliness) can whip off the top sheet, leaving a fresh, clean, fingerprint-free sheet underneath.

Clearly the packs of sheets could only be a few thick or the evil plans would be compromised through an inability to read the "laser" dimensions accurately.

hazel, May 10 2004

(?) Formula 1 Helmet Tear Off Strips http://www.formula1...calinfo/11/771.html
different problem, same solution [jonthegeologist, Oct 04 2004]

Anti-scratch bus windows http://www.halfbake...tch_20bus_20windows
by Morals. Similar but different. [calum, Oct 04 2004]

Graffiti To-Go http://www.halfbake...ea/Graffiti_20To-Go
by roby. Similar but different. [calum, Oct 04 2004]

Blowfish Tearaways http://www.halfbake...lowfish_20Tearaways
by lurch. Similar but different. [calum, Oct 04 2004]

Disposable Fingertips http://www.halfbake...osable_20fingertips
Another solution, perhaps simpler [hazel, Oct 04 2004]


       And it eliminates the problem of keeping deadly poisons like Windex around. (Or you could just chop off their grubby fingers with a guillotine blade that oscillates in front of the screen at random times. They'll learn...eventually.)
ldischler, May 10 2004

       //Or you could just chop off their fingers with a guillotine blade that oscillated in front of the screen at random times. They'd learn...eventually//   

       That's not the kind of idea I want to suggest to Ian since he'd love it. And I have to use the monitors.
hazel, May 10 2004

       Surely you have a spare death ray sitting around that could be pressed in to service to vaporize the offending grimy paw marks from the monitor (or fingers from the offender).
half, May 10 2004

       It must be impossible to put new sheets of these on without getting them all fingerprinty while you're doing it.
phundug, May 10 2004

       that's what gloves are for [phun]...   

       (the death ray is kept pretty busy [half]. Can't just go using it willy nilly on such trivialities as fingerprints, when there are whole communication systems to disrupt)
hazel, May 10 2004

       How about a long sheet of transparent material that lays over the screen and scrolls up on either side of the screen? With the touch of a button, the soiled material is scrolled out of sight, replaced by a new, clean section.   

       The deluxe version would scrub the material clean as it is taken up onto the spool. When the supply roll is empty, then next touch of the button would begin scrolling the material back the other way.
half, May 10 2004

       How about those 'bonnets' that one slips over leftovers bound for cold storage? The larger ones of those would about snuggle around a monitor.
dpsyplc, May 10 2004

       I like it.
dentworth, May 10 2004

       couldn't you use the same kind of thng they have from palm pilots, writerights or whatever they're called....thin plastic sheet that goes over the screen
buddymatt, May 10 2004

       You could re-use the ripped off sheet as disposable overhead projector films.   

       <mentally remembers telling Hazel this idea when deep into a bottle of red on Saturday night> Hang on! This is damned familiar! </mrthtiwdiaborosn>   

       + anyways.
jonthegeologist, May 11 2004

       Ah. Yes. Technically you did mention something about this. My other idea was Disposable Fingertips [link]
hazel, May 11 2004

       I was at an RAF station last week and the IT manager there had obviously been driven to distraction by marked monitors as alongside each one was a large sticker informing users that 'Pens and fingers are not pointing devices'.
oneoffdave, May 11 2004

       Proximity detector(s) that blank the screen when a finger comes too close.
half, May 11 2004

       Static electricity might do the trick, if you get zapped just before making a mark on the screen.
RobertKidney, May 11 2004

       Doesn't work in my office and we have serious static build ups, something to do with the cheap marquee flooring that is used. People still touch the screens then jump back swearing.
engineer1, May 12 2004

       what a wiper, similar to a car wind screen wiper, but a bit better designed to cover all the screen. maybe a lil jet of cleaning fluid too?
etherman, May 12 2004

       Al Jaffee of Mad Magazine came up with this identical idea in a sketch he did for Mad back in the 70's. It was for easy bug removal from windshields (particularly motorcycle windshields) instead of monitors, but the new cellophane-type layers with tabbed removal was clearly illustrated.
Soterios, Mar 11 2005

       // Or you could just chop off their grubby fingers with a guillotine blade that oscillates in front of the screen //   

       Hey, the monitor just chopped off my finger!
How did that happen?
Well I just went like this and Oops! There goes another one!
phundug, Mar 11 2005

       The objective can be accomplished by preventing the fingerprints to stick by using a very slippery chemical that will reject human oil.
canoro, Feb 07 2007


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