The legal battle has officially begun over the Joo Joo, formerly known as the CrunchPad. TechCrunch owner Michael Arrington announced on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against former business partner Chandra Rathakrishnan, CEO of Fusion Garage. The suit alleges many wrongdoings on Fusion Garage’s part, including a number of charges that include the theft of money and property owned by TechCrunch. Rathakrishnan is not backing down, claiming that Arrignton’s allegations are false, and that her company owes absolutely nothing to TechCrunch.
The Joo Joo tablet notebook is priced at $500 and will be available for purchase at midnight tonight on the company’s website. If you want in, I’d suggest acting quickly, in case the lawyers get ahold of this thing before you can.
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The CrunchPad prototype has been a running project over at TechCrunch since April, but since that time we’ve seen fairly sparse news about the thing. It’s small, sexy, and apparently usable, and the whole thing’s made all the more interesting because it’s designed by a blog, not some computers giant.
It hardly needs to be said that once the Straits Times proclaimed the CrunchPad to be the “world’s first tablet PC” with an exclusive demo by alleged developer Fusion Garage, industry eyes were drawn. Here’s an exerpt from their article:
“The fully working model, called a Crunchpad, has a 12-inch screen and weighs 1.2kg. It allows users to watch YouTube videos, listen to music and edit documents, among other things. Its operating system, or OS, was also developed in-house. The device will not have storage space – which some analysts have pegged as a big drawback – and will instead run programs hosted on servers: so-called cloud computing.”
Naturally, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has confirmed nothing in the article thus far. He was also apparently pretty F-ing pissed about the whole thing as well:
“re crunchpad, obviously i’m completely ripshit mad about all this unauthorized bs press: http://bit.ly/2dVjBQ wtf.”
The machine should pack an Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and some sort of mobile broadband – it’s a netbook sans keyboard and hard drive.
Rumors price the device at $400, though Michael Arrington hoped to make it cheaper. Stay tuned as this story develops.
For lovers of touchscreen devices, your wait for the newest touchscreen toy won’t be for much longer. The recently mentioned CrunchPad smartphone-netbook-in-between will rumoredly go on sale for less than $300 soon.
Unlike a netbook, this device won’t have a keyboard or hard drive and will boot directly into a web browser. The operating system for this in-between will be Linux-based and the browser will be WebKit-based.
This tablet will have a decent screen size of roughly 12 inches and be powered by the Intel Atom processor. The device will be roughly 16 millimeters thick and include an aluminum case which can come in various colors.
TechCrunch has been hard at work since our last feature on their CrunchPad netbook project, and the results are pleasing to say the least.
Michael Arrington has put his money down where it matters, and the latest prototype of their tablet PC has – to much fanfare – finally seen the light of day. Take a look:
The project was officially announced today. The CrunchPad can be built for around $250 and runs Linux based on the Intel Atom. While credit has been given to Singaporean Fusion Garage for development, the site is clearly looking for a manufacturer to widely distribute the product.
TechCrunch’s innovation in creating their own prototype is to be lauded, and who can say it doesn’t make sense? They’ve got the expertise and the resources, and apparently the motivation.
It would be nice to see flashier sites or groups making their own netbook prototypes, perhaps even in the ‘dying industry’ of newspapers. The Amazon Kindle comes to mind.
We’ll be reporting more on this development as news is released, but until then we offer our congratulations to TechCrunch for making their vision a reality. Be sure to read our earlier feature on the CrunchPad as well.
The Mobile World Congress 2009 ended recently. The majority of the new tech announcements were related to phones, though we did get to see the new LG X120 netbook. However, that wasn’t the only new netbook release.
Also notable was a new tablet PC by Gigabyte. The new TouchNote M1028 is a 10-inch netbook with tablet functionality on its swiveling touchscreen. Its specs are pretty standard – an Atom N270 at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, and a 160 GB HDD. It runs Windows XP.
Gigabyte’s involvement in the netbook market has been limited, with most of its new announcements planned for 2Q09. However, its new tablet netbook has caused some to posit that tablet functionality will put the spice back into the netbook industry. Truc Bui of GottaBeMobile thinks that a market reduced to offering its products in designer makeup is showing clear signs of its novelty wearing off.
I personally see gimmicks like the Vivienne Tam netbook as a sign of the industry’s flourishing, rather than its dying. After all, who takes chances on a flashy netbook that’s $245 too expensive if they’re worried about getting their products out there in the first place? Producers like HP know people are buying whatever they make, so they’re willing to be a little risky.
Regardless, it’s entirely possible that tablet netbooks are the next big thing in the industry. Announcements like the Viliv S7 or the CrunchPad are exciting, so if the TouchNote M1028 heralds a new era of touch-sensitivity, I’m all for it.
We heard about it a while back, and it hasn’t gone away – Jolicloud, the new Linux based OS for netbooks is rearing its head once more.
Tariq Krim, the Netvibes founder running the project, recently sent TechCrunch a screenshot of Jolicloud. Behold:
The screen shot shows a significantly cranked up version of previous demonstrations. Jolicloud will use large icons and eventually touchscreens to make netbooks ergonomic and natural for human-sized users, who often find the machines cramped.
And if you mention touchscreens to TechCrunch, the first thing to pop into their minds will be, of course, the CrunchPad. Will we get to see how JoliCloud works on their tablet netbook? Someone please say yes.
TechCrunch is in the mood for some modding. Perhaps they’re sick of waiting for new netbook announcements after the rush of CES 2009, or perhaps they’re always this impatient.
Regardless, in the spirit of innovation, the dissatisfied but capable masses over at TechCrunch have announced the CrunchPad, a netbookish tablet-style device. Here’s a pic of the concept…
…and here’s one of the first prototype from back in August:
Gotta love the Red Bull and Cheetos thrown in there. Don’t be too bummed by the turnout just yet, though. The device is far from finished, and should look a lot better in the near future.
They initially developed the idea with high things in mind – to “get a new type of device into people’s hands for as cheap as possible, for around $200.” That number was later bumped up to $299 for the sake of realism but it looks like the CrunchPad has some cool features anyway.
It’s intended to be a web tablet that boots right into a browser. It should play videos, lay in your lap comfortably, connect to the internet, and do it all swiftly and ergonomically. Sounds like… a netbook?
Since they’re designing the CrunchPad in netbook style, that means the CrunchPad won’t include the heavy duty parts of the OS it selects. Hopefully it should drive down the price by running on low-end hardware, and do so without sacrificing too much performance. They announced Prototype A back in August but now they’re out with a better, higher-functioning one: Prototype B.
Now that’s more like it. We may have a few months to go before we can get our hands on the CrunchPad ourselves, but for now, we offer the best of luck and wait with bated breath for more info.
Be sure to check out this video of the CrunchPad in action.