Meet “Melty” the eeePC

09/09/2010 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We’ve found that Asus eeePC 701s make great field laptops. They are cheap, light weight, durable, reasonably easy to read in sun light and powerful enough for debugging and recompiling code. Today we got one of them pretty wet and despite it showing no signs of any problems we decided to put it in the oven on a low heat to dry it out. We then decided to cook a chicken and the oven got turned up to 200 degrees and only a few minutes later did anyone realise the eeePC was still in the oven! When it was pulled out it was looking slightly warped and a couple of the keys fell off the keyboard in the process. We left it to cool for a while and wondered if it would still work. To our surprise it did! Everything still worked, the screen, the keyboard, the mouse, the webcam and the sound all still worked! We have decided to name it Melty. We are now trying to think us future uses for Melty. It could be used as a robot controller, we could make students use it for projects or we are thinking it could be entertaining to do a lecture/talk using it to run the data projector or take it to a high level meeting.

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