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One Education’s Infinity is a Rugged Modular Laptop for Kids (Crowdfunding)

November 25th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Could 2016 be the year where modular / DIY laptops take off? Several projects has now in progress for modular laptops with Olimex’ OLinuXino DIY laptop project,  Rhombus Tech’s MIPS based laptop with EOMA-68 module, and now  One Education, has taken the footsteps of the OLPC (One Laptop Project per Child) project, by launching Infinity modular laptop on Indiegogo (flexible campaign) with delivery scheduled for September 2016.

Infinity_LaptopInfinity laptop / tablet hybrid specifications (subject to change):

  • SoC – Quad core processor @ 1.4 GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB + micro SD slot
  • Display – 8.9″ capacitive touchscreen display with 2560×1600 resolution
  • Audio – Dual mode audio In/Out
  • Connectivity – WiFi and Bluetooth
  • USB – USB type C connector
  • Misc – Dock with keyboard and touchpad
  • Battery – 7,000 mAh

The laptop prototype currently runs Android Lollipop with a Linux distributions (Ubuntu) in development. The laptops will also be pre-loaded with “One Eduction App” with courses, fun apps, and a way for teacher to manage the laptops. Beside its educational mission, the non-profit organization main goal is to keep the hardware affordable and eco-friendly over the long term by offering low cost modules for repairs and upgrades.

Infinity Hub and Modules

Infinity Hub and Modules

This is made possible thanks to the device’s skeleton called infinity hub that includes USB ports and speakers, as well as slots for core (CPU/memory/storage/wireless), camera (front and/or rear), screen and battery modules that connect via USB type C connectors.

After adding the cover and keyboard base, and you’ve got yourself a full laptop. There’s also a charging station that supports up to 10 laptops, which should be very useful for schools for both charging and storage.

Infinity Laptops in Charging Dock

Infinity Laptops in Charging Station

If you are interested in contributing to this project, you can pledge $249 (early) for an Infinity laptop with keyboard and cover, as well as $25 to $50 for shipping. You’ll need to be patient however, as delivery is only scheduled for September 2016, and that’s if they meet their deadlines.

Via Liliputing

  1. milkboy
    November 25th, 2015 at 14:29 | #1

    Rhombus tech., thats a name i havent heard in a while.
    thought they had given up since project didn’t gain enough traction.
    i was very hopeful back then that their modular design would take off

  2. Bruce
    November 25th, 2015 at 14:31 | #2

    it’s funny that they don’t even plan to run Sugar ( https://www.sugarlabs.org/ )

  3. fossxplorer
    November 25th, 2015 at 17:36 | #3

    Nice initiative really. But problem is with shipping to Europe will bring the cost to ~$300 and at the time of launch of the product, it’s kinda outdated HW. Screen resolution is really good though!

  4. peter
    November 25th, 2015 at 21:49 | #4

    For the time being, the Pi-top seems quite good in this category AND already available. Too bad, it is relatively expensive. I would like to see a review of such laptop, with special attention to the question, if one might also use other SoCs with/in it.

  5. mongrol
    November 26th, 2015 at 06:23 | #5

    After Jolla going under and losing my tablet money, never again will I kickstart a hardware project.

  6. rasz_pl
    November 26th, 2015 at 12:11 | #6

    ~$300?
    that is more than ipad2 mini with “2-Year I dont give a F Protection” plan

  7. peter
    November 26th, 2015 at 15:06 | #7

    @rasz_pl

    It makes imho no sense to compare to compare this device to Apple-products.

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