Intel has announced that its Clamshell Classmate netbooks have been revamped with a bunch of new features. The new devices offer a more rugged design, protecting it from drops from desk heights, stacking, and rough handling in backpacks. Crush zones and air cushions around fragile areas such as corners and the display have been incorporated for further protection. Aside from that, water-resistant keyboards, displays, and touchpads are used to protect against accidental spills of up to 100cc of liquid. The antimicrobial coating on the keyboard and touchpad has also been improved, protecting against the transfer of bacteria, mold, and other microorganisms. In terms of technology, the new netbook offers a six-cell battery, which combined with a power-efficient motherboard design and 45nm Atom CPU should allow students to work all day on it on a single charge. The new netbooks will soon be available to schools and other institutions, though pricing hasn’t been announced just yet.