Andrew â€œBunnieâ€ Huang lists a bunch of reasons why youâ€™ll want his open-source laptop, the Novena. You can modify it yourself so that its battery will last however long you want it to. You can inspect the software to see if thereâ€™s any present from the National Security Agency. And you donâ€™t have to pay a tax to any big corporation just because you want to do some computing.
Itâ€™s all part of the do-it-yourself hardware movement that is giving us things like 3D printing, cool robots, and virtual reality headsets. Huang recently unveiled his ARM-based quad-core Novena laptop, which has air-pump hinges so you can easily get under the hood and modify it. He is raising $250,000 on Crowd Supply so that he can build and ship initial units to crowdfunding contributors. The machine costs about $1,995 now, but that price could come down over time if volume sales are good.
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