Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Sep 2005 10:32 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The $100 (E 83,-) laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant. Among the key specs: A 500-megahertz processor by AMD and flash memory instead of a hard drive with moving parts. To save on software costs, the laptops would run the freely available Linux operating system instead of Windows.
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Hand Crank
by whartung on Thu 29th Sep 2005 16:37 UTC
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With a decent power managment module and good "sleep" performance, that hand crank will be pretty nifty I think. But it will definately add weight and bulk to the device.

What this essentially is, tho, is a large format PDA if you think about the basic design, it just happens to run Linux and X.

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RE: Hand Crank
by on Thu 29th Sep 2005 17:39 in reply to "Hand Crank"
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There is no mention of a battery, and I'd guess the hand crank is cheaper and lighter than a battery. Sp as an alternative to a battery it should subtract rather than add weight.

I think it wouldn't have a sleep function as it only has a flash based hard drive which most likely would be too small to support it at this price point. I guess you would just have to make sure you save your data often if you aren't running from mains.

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RE[2]: Hand Crank
by on Thu 29th Sep 2005 17:51 in reply to "RE: Hand Crank"
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It *must* have a battery. In fact, if you had read the article, you would have noticed it does have one, in the fat hinge.

I mean, think! You use the crank. Ok. Where do you store that energy while you use the darn thing? Do you hire a kid to turn the crank while you use it????

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