"With its 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600 keyboard, NorhTec's Gecko EduBook
looks like any number of netbooks. But, unlike any netbook we've
encountered, the EduBook is claimed to be capable of running for
four hours on eight, off-the-shelf NiMH (nickel metal hydride) AA
batteries. In addition, the device has an internal power supply,
capable of recharging the system via a simple, easily replaced AC
line cord, according to the company.
"NorhTec says that while the device may also be configured with
lithium-ion battery packs -- which can extend battery life by up to
50 percent -- the use of AA batteries provides a substantial cost
savings. In quantity, eight NiMH batteries may be sourced for
approximately $10 per device, the company says, in contrast to
proprietary li-ion batteries that can cost up to $100 per pack. (In
addition, in many poor, remote, or rural areas of the world, AA's
are the only battery to be consistently found.)"