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 Post subject: IT News: MIT invents $100 AMD Linux laptop
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:47 am 
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BOFFINS AT THE Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invented a crank powered laptop that can be made for $100.

The machines' AC adaptor doubles as a carrying strap, there is a hand crank to power them when there's no electricity.

It can fold into more positions than an Indian yoga expert and is covered in a rubber coating so it is pretty tough.

The big idea is that it will enable third world children to have access to IT and the boffins want to make 5 million to 15 million of the machines.

It is not just third world countries either. MIT hopes to start buying them for all 500,000 middle and high-school students in the state.

The machines are not exactly quick. They have a 500 mHz AMD chip and flash memory instead of a hard drive. It runs on Linux too. However the laptops can connect to Wi-Fi wireless networks and be part of "mesh" networks.

The hand crank sounds a great idea, but apparently you only get 10 minutes of juice from a minute’s winding so it might not be so useful.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 2:13 am 
Wow that would suck if you were in the middle of doing something and you had to crank it up :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:47 am 
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To me it looks more like a toy that wouldn't be useful at all but the idea is interesting :)

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Yes, very interesting...


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