Recently, Intel has released a new version of its Classmate PC, a learning laptop for kids. This new design from the Intel is more flexible and durable than past computers that promote electronic learning. Intel is an Integrated Electronics Corporation. This company is the originator of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors that found in most personal computers. Intel would be aiming for better energy efficiency as well as new designs. This classmate PC was announced earlier this year - in the UK ahead of the gadget's arrival next month. With the aim of educating the third world children, Intel has launched the first budget-priced Classmate PC educational platform.
Based on this design, Intel wants to inspire other PC manufacturers to design similar products. Some new educational PCs will be introduced later this year, according to the chip manufacturer of Intel. An updated version of Intel’s new Atom low processor would power the convertible classmate device. It has features like 10.1-inch liquid crystal display, WiFi connectivity, optional 3G and WIMAX connectivity, up to 8.5 hours of battery life with the 6-cell option, a built-in swivel camera, built-in audio and microphone, and has a durable construction with hard drive protection, a water resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, a scratch resistant case etc.
Kapil Wadhera, the general manager of Intel’s Emerging Markets Platform Group, who developed the Intel-powered classmate PC reference design based on ethnographic research said “Our ethnographers have spent countless hours understanding how technology can help school age children here in the U.S. and around the world build the skills required for the future,” This classmate PC is a clamshell (opens and closes like clam) and also it can be converted into a touchscreen tablet computer. To run education applications, this new device has extra memory and storage. The battery life is up to 8.5 hours and also it has integrated global positioning system (GPS) navigation.
- Intel Atom processor – built for low power consumption
- Improved ruggedness with drop test from desk height
- Water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen
- Optional anti-microbial keyboard
- 10.1” LCD monitor with 1024 x 600 resolution
- Integrated wireless connectivity with WiFi options of 3G, GPS, WiMAX
- Rechargeable battery with up to 8.5 hours of battery life [with optional 6-cell battery]
- Built-in rotational camera for more natural and intuitive picture taking
- Built-in audio and microphone
- Easy to hold and carry with heat dissipation features, rubberized surface for easy grip and a comfortable, low-profile handle that supports a variety of holding and carrying positions
- Hard drive protection
- Comes with either Windows XP installed (standard) or Windows XP Professional (an extra $186 on the 2go)
- Handwriting recognition is available in multiple localized languages
- Dual mode: tablet mode and traditional laptop mode
- Integrated storage and memory
The system is being supported worldwide by more than 300 retailers. More than 2 million Classmate PCs have been positioned in 60 countries since the program began in 2007, said by Intel. As a part of Intel's Learning Series, the classmate PC is designed for use in early education.
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