June 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm
Norhtec’s Gecko Edubook 8.9-inch netbook is the first one we’ve come across that actually runs on AA batteries. It has been designed to be a low-priced netbook at $200 that is targeted to schools. It runs on the 1GHz Xcore86 CPU with that uses only 1.2W of power.
The Edubook is powered by 8 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries. There’s no need to take the batteries out of the netbook though as you can charge them whilst inside the unit. Once fully charged, the Edubook is expected to last for around four hours.
The model comes with a 1024 x 600 resolution 8.9-inch screen and it has a modular design. What this means is that the CPU and RAM are on a replaceable module that can be upgraded if needs be. As it runs on an x86 chip, you can load up both Windows and Linux on the netbook
Norhtec, which produces the Gecko Edubook, wants this to be the most affordable proper netbook in the world (we’re not talking 7-inch OLPC-type devices here). It is available now, where you can order it directly from the company for $199.95 and pay shipping from Thailand. Schools will be charged $160, whilst a bare-bones system from dealers will cost $150. Check out a few videos of the Edubook below.
Via Portable Monkey.