Back in 2010, the electronics company Norhtec, based in Thailand, came up with an innovative design for an inexpensive, power efficient and modular portable “netbook” computer.  From what I can remember about the marketing from the time, the Gecko Edubook was designed to be a computer that could be a cost effective solution for providing computer access to schools and learning institutions in lower income economies.  It was also designed to be a more rugged netbook, compared to others out on the market a the time, which operated efficiently in more extreme climates.

The Edubook was built around Norhtec’s “Device on Chip” technology, their 1GHz XCore86 CPU, which only required 1.2 Watts of power.  As far as I know, the Edubook was the only fully functional PC that you could run on regular rechargeable AA batteries.

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