On the surface, the 8.9-inch Gecko EduBook is just another boring blip in the history of Netbooks. However, the true beauty of this device lies under the hood.
Instead of an Intel Atom chipset, which has become the de facto standard for this category, the EduBook sports an Xcore86 chip based on the SOC (system on chip) architecture. SOC combines a 1.0GHz processor, RAM, and mainboard onto a tiny module small enough to fit inside a handheld. Sipping only 1.2 watts, this allows the Netbook to run off eight NiMH AA-size batteries for up to four hours, though there is a lithium ion option with a six-hour uptime. Using store-bought AA cells allows the Netbook to be used in rural areas where electricity might get spotty.
Word is NorhTec's Gecko EduBook will be launched at computer expo Computex Taipei in June and will retail for less than $200. It will mainly be aimed at kids and is currently be shown off in developing countries, according to NorhTec. In the meantime, you can learn more about the EduBook in the video below.