July 2, 2008 > ASUSTeK Computer
Eee PC, a light weight laptop designed by ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated (ASUS), was initially noted for its relative low cost and for the advertising slogan- "Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play." The mini-computer was originally developed for use by children. "It is a state-of-the-art computer built on a Linux platform. I was given a pre-production model of the Eee PC to evaluate. The Eee PC computer comes equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera, built in microphone and speaker and all the usual productivity software plus educational games," said Dr. D. A.Hotchkiss, Chief Technology Officer.
"During the course of my testing it, Luna Martell's situation was brought to my attention. We ran further tests to see if it would meet the needs of this Niles Elementary first grader. It did. We also tested it on the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital wireless network. It worked. I was able to obtain a donation of this computer from AMAX Inc. a Fremont-based computer company for the student. After receiving the donated computer I made some slight modifications on the equipment based on the previously run tests. We then gave the computer to Luna, who was able to have her join her classmates via live video, for their Valentine's Day party."
Because of the team effort of FUSD Chief of Technology, Dr. David Hotchkiss, and the dedication of Val Williams, Director of Pupil Services, students with cancer - six-year-old Luna Martell and eleven-year-old Matthew McCullough - could have a direct connection with their classmates during their treatment.