$100 laptop and power requirements

100_laptopI was reading about the $100 laptop on MobileMagazine and, in deference to those who are wiser than me, I have a question regarding the power. To keep the costs down and the laptop light, not to mention to combat the lack of power sources in some areas, this laptop has a string that can be pulled to generate electricity. Originally, the word from the OLPC folks was that there would be a crank; the concept is similar but slightly changed in the implementation with the string.

Here’s the thing: the laptop reportedly has a 500 MHz CPU, 500 MB of flash memory, wireless connectivity and a 7.5-inch screen. That’s all well and good, but apparently the power requirement is to generate 20 Watts of power every 10 minutes. Something doesn’t sound right, so here’s where you come in to help me understand the power needs.

My Samsung Q1 has a 29 Watt/hour battery. According to the Notebook Hardware Control application, the Q1 eats up about 9 to 11 Watts per hour and it has greater specs, which I generally equate into a higher power requirement. If this info is correct, how is that the $100 notebook basically needs 120 Watts per hour? Better yet, can I recharge my Q1 to 66% capacity with one of these string-rechargers? I must be missing something, so please tell me what it is….


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