Balthazar. a Personal Computing Device. One laptop for the new internet.Secure, fast, inexpensive, open, robust, upgradeable and sustainable.Balthazar is made to run NixOS, Trisquel GNU, Guix, Debian and Ubuntu variants of 64 bit low-latency kernel for RISC-V.In a form-factor there are some improvements and novelties in approach to a physical user interface and experience.Main characteristics of Balthazar are 4 robust hardware switches for WiFi,camera, microphones and speakers,SoM CPU/GPU swappable card,a removable camera module with 2 microphones array,a keyboard layout with a segmented touch-pad positioned above the keyboard with pull-out speakers.Motherboard(s) components are behind the screen and below keyboard are batteries - one small non removable and one really big that is hot-swappable - SSD bay is also below keyboard, as well as other peripheral connectors - GPIO, USB OTG-secure, HDMI, headphones and mic inputs, volume knob and finally eSATA.When the display lid is closed it engages the magnetic switch based on the "Timer Manager Module" and cuts off the power to all of I/O modules preventing any remote "switch-on" possibility even before it suspends to RAM.Keyboard is QUERTY with 7 LEDs illuminated and clickable 8 mm trackball positioned between G and H keys and above B key. It is based on Cherry MX low profile gaming switches.
So when we say the "design is different",it actually is inspired by and extracted from IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad series,Panasonic ToughBook,a OLPC and main secure USB-dongle features based on Nitrokey concept.