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Fusion Garage Announces the JooJoo Tablet ➝

JooJoo Tablet

Keeping in mind that Arrington didn’t file for the CrunchPad trademark until November 17, 2009 (the same day he claims to have received the email from Fusion Garage CEO), on Monday Fusion Garage announced the JooJoo Tablet.

We’ve heard their side of the story and, the way they tell it, the device was already in the works when TechCrunch published their post about the idea. They also claim that Michael Arrington and his crew made zero contributions to the project.

The device boots straight into the browser (much like Google Chrome OS) weighs 2.4 pounds, has only one physical button, boots in 9 seconds, it has a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, and 5 hours of battery life. Pre-orders of the device start on December 11 with a price tag of $499 (not exactly the $200-300 we were hoping for, but that price was truly unrealistic).

Engadget had some hands-on time with the device in which they revealed that it does have Bluetooth with support for external keyboards, mice, and headsets. In their hands-on video Rathakrishnan demoed playback of 1080p video from YouTube which Engadget’s Ross Miller described as “smooth.”

Previously:
12/4/09:
Fusion Garage Will Reveal CrunchPad Details This Monday
12/1/09: The CrunchPad’s Bizarre Ending

Update 12/12/09: TechCrunch has filed their lawsuit over the CrunchPad (now JooJoo) tablet. They’ve published the filing on the aforelinked piece along with some additional thoughts from Michael Arrington. I still haven’t decided who I believe in this whole situation, I can see both sides happening and honest, I don’t know who to believe.

If you’d like to hear some more about the JooJoo tablet and Fusion Garage’s side of the story, Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky had a discussion with Chandra Rathakrishnan, a video of which has been published on Engadget.

Update 12/12/09: Not only are pre-orders now available (due to litigation, pre-order at your own risk), but Fusion Garage has released more press shots of the device and announced the JooJoo Stand.

Update 12/20/09: Dan Frommer reports for Silicon Alley Insider that Fusion Garage has responded to Michael Arrington’s lawsuit. Long story short: Michael Arrington is a liar.

In another interesting turn of events, Fusion Garage is violating PayPal’s terms with their JooJoo tablet pre-orders. From PayPal’s terms:

You also agree not to use your PayPal account to sell goods with delivery dates delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment

Fusion Garage Will Reveal CrunchPad Details This Monday ➝

Patrick Hoge of the San Francisco Business Times reports that the company that screwed Michael Arrington on the CrunchPad, Fusion Garage, will be holding a video call with reporters and industry analysts on Monday.

Chandrasekar “Chandra” Rathakrishnan, founder and CEO of Fusion Garage, will speak to reporters and demonstrate “the device” both in a video call and in private briefings scheduled for later Monday at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, said Megan Alpers of San Jose-based McGrath/Power Public Relations.

I’m sure we’ll hear their side of the story.

Meanwhile Michael Arrington claims that Fusion Garage still hasn’t returned any of his calls or emails. Arrington has published two letters from their law firm to Fusion Garage regarding the imminent litigation.

What I find odd about this whole situation is that, if the CrunchPad was indeed just three days away from launch, wouldn’t it be likely that any other “inventor” of such a device would just publish specifications, images, and maybe even video of the device, before Fusion Garage even had a chance to move forward? I don’t think anyone should buy a device from someone who paints such a dreary picture of the future of his product. He hasn’t even mentioned the idea that it could eventually be released.

His initial post regarding this ordeal was entitled “The End Of The CrunchPad.”

Previously:
12/1/09:
The CrunchPad’s Bizarre Ending

Update 12/10/09: Fusion Garage Announces the JooJoo Tablet

The CrunchPad’s Bizarre Ending ➝

CrunchPad

Michael Arrington says that he and his team got screwed by Fusion Garage just a few days before they planned to debut the device. Fusion Garage wants to cut Arrington out completely and sell the device themselves.

Arrington’s team plans on filing multiple lawsuits against Fusion Garage and he hopes that “the legal system will work it all out over time.”

It seems that James Kendrick was right when he claimed back in April that the CrunchPad “may not ever appear on the market.” His reasoning was incorrect though, Arrington did have everything in line, until he was screwed by his manufacturing partner.

The CrunchPad is dead. I never planned on buy it, but I’m still a little disappointed.

Previously:
11/17/09:
The Current State of the CrunchPad
7/31/09: CrunchPad Specs Revealed
4/14/09: James Kendrick Claims CrunchPad May Not Happen, With No Evidence

Update 12/4/09: Fusion Garage Will Reveal CrunchPad Details This Monday

Update 12/10/09: Fusion Garage Announces the JooJoo Tablet

The Current State of the CrunchPad ➝

On the latest episode of the Gillmor Gang, Michael Arrington shot down recent rumors that his CrunchPad project was nearly dead.

During the show Arrington said the following:

The CrunchPad’s great actually, it’s actually steamrolling along. everything’s good, that stuff about costs being too high, was — I don’t know where it came from — actually costs keep coming down we’re just we’ve been working entirely on software for the last month trying to make it perfect to get it to market. So, it’s going great, should be big news on that shortly.

When asked how it will do against Apple’s tablet he said:

I’m not going to answer the question directly, I’ll answer it in a different way.  Apple builds perfect products and I think that I will probably buy a number of their tablet devices. From what I’ve heard and I think that it’ll be amazing. I actually wish Apple would build a much higher end tablet, with the MacBook Air hardware, and you know it’s so thin they could get a duel core architecture into a device that thin, it’d be amazing. I think their going to go a little lower end but our device is going to be a significantly less expensive device. It’s going to sell for somewhere between 3 and 400 dollars, it’s going to be a web only device, it only has browser, you can access the web with it, hulu, youtube, gmail, etc. I think it’s just going to be a different market segment. If you were to put the two devices next to each other I think that, maybe with the exception of the fact that our screen is going to be bigger, our screen is 12 inches, as far as I know theirs isn’t, I think you’d probably say “yeah the apple device is better,” but it might be at least twice as expensive and maybe more. So I think we’ll have a nice market segment.

Arrington also says that the device’s cost remains “in the high two hundreds” and that there is some “soft-revenue on the device in sponsorships and things like that without impacting the user experience.”

I’m excited about this tablet because I really want something with a bigger screen to surf the web on while I’m sitting in the living room. I don’t usually mind browsing the web on my iPhone but sometimes I want a bigger screen.

This is just further evidence that James Kendrick had no idea what he was talking about.

Previously:
7/31/09:
CrunchPad Specs Revealed
7/5/09: Michael Arrington Forms CrunchPad Inc., Hardware Coming Very Soon
4/14/09: James Kendrick Claims CrunchPad May Not Happen, With No Evidence

Update 12/1/09: The CrunchPad’s Bizarre Ending

Update 12/10/09: Fusion Garage Announces the JooJoo Tablet

CrunchPad Specs Revealed ➝

CrunchPad Concept Design

David Chieng referencing a piece in Singapore Straits Times has published the specs for the upcoming CrunchPad.

According to Chieng, Straits Times interviewed the guys from Fusion Garage (the team behind the CrunchPad’s software) and managed to find out the final specs for the device.

  • Dimensions: 12.77 x 7.83 x 0.74″
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • 12″ screen
  • 1.6GHz Atom processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • One built-in USB port, for keyboard or mouse
  • WiFi & 3G, with option for mobile broadband
  • Estimated price is $399 (unconfirmed)

Straits Times also claims that the CrunchPad is set to be released in November of this year. This release date could be even more devastating if the Financial Times is correct when claiming that Apple’s tablet will be announced “in time for the Christmas shopping season.”

The only odd part about this report is the price of the device, $399 is a little steep and quite a bit higher than Arrington’s previous claim of “less than $300.” Because of this and the fact that I’ve never heard of Singapore’s Straits Times or David Chieng I’m currently placing this one in the rumors category, but the specs seem right none the less.

Image credit to TechCrunch.com

Update 7/31/09: Although Arrington doesn’t have any problem leaking details about other people’s products it seems he gets a little upset when others leak information about his. Arrington posted this on Twitter earlier today:

re crunchpad, obviously i’m completely ripshit mad about all this unauthorized bs press: http://bit.ly/2dVjBQ wtf.

Michael Arrington Forms CrunchPad Inc., Hardware Coming Very Soon ➝

CrunchPad Concept Design

Michael Arrington has incorporated a new company with 14 employees called Crunchpad Inc.. Arrington has said that he will be active in the company for now but eventually wants to have someone replace him so he can go back to blogging full time.

The CrunchPad is getting closer and closer to release, last we heard about the device it was 18mm thick, had a 12-inch 1024×768 display, Flash support, 1GB of RAM, and a 4GB flash drive.

We now know that it will come in different colors, have an Intel Atom processor, will be capable of connecting an external keyboard, and will actually be slightly thinner at about 16mm.

Early last month it was announced that there would be a media event officially launching the device sometime in July. But, according to recent reports the event could come as late as August. I’m a little disappointed about the delay but I’m not too surprised, we are talking about someone who hasn’t really lead a project like this before. Hardware is a completely different realm compared to what Arrington is used to.

I’m expecting the CrunchPad to be released in late August or early September, the price of the device, according to Arrington, will be “less than $300,” which may mean $299 as I predicted previously.

I’m getting a little excited about the device, the prospect of connecting an external keyboard to it will be very useful. I imagine myself bringing this thing with me on trips instead of my laptop and just keeping a keyboard in my bag in case I need to do some writing.

Also, Tech blog titan Michael Arrington’s next big thing: Hardware – San Francisco Business Times:

CrunchPad Concept Launch Design ➝

CrunchPad Concept Design

Today on TechCrunch Michael Arrington revealed the conceptual drawings for the CrunchPad. Also, saying that the industrial design of the device is almost done.

The enclosure is now made of aluminum instead of plastic, which is more expensive but makes the whole device much more sturdy and allows them to cut the overall thickness of the device down to 18mm.

The device runs Linux and boots directly into a WebKit based web browser. They have posted a video to YouTube showing the devices software off including various gestures that are used to navigate. I’m not too fond of the gesture idea but I am getting really excited about the device.

There hasn’t been any more news about pricing but Arrington did say in his post today that the next time they talk publicly about the CrunchPad will be at a press and user event sometime in July.

James Kendrick Claims CrunchPad May Not Happen, With No Evidence ➝

Don’t you just love it when someone claims something that they have absolutely no solid evidence to back up?

The CrunchPad is looking pretty darn good if you ask me, but it’s important to bear in mind that this thing may not ever appear on the market. There are lots of factors involved and let’s hope that Arrington and crew get them all in line and that the CrunchPad does make it to market.

That quote above is all JKonTheRun (linked below) says about the CrunchPad not coming to market, yet the title of the post is “CrunchPad: Looking Good, May Not Happen.” If you can read (which you must be able to, since you are reading this) you can tell that the closest James Kendrick has to evidence is stating that there are a lot of factors involved, this dances around the idea that Michael Arrington can’t pull this off because it seems like too much work. But, remember that Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, a (seemingly) profitable blog that has since started its own conference and has also launched many other blogs about various topics in the technology space, I would say that this would be difficult too, but Michael Arrington made it happen, let’s wait and see what happens with the CrunchPad.

I have admitted that I was skeptical about the CrunchPad, but I must also admit that the device looks pretty solid and has a very clear path to the market.

Update 6/5/09: Even after the recent concept designs the doubtful James Kendrick is saying “let’s hope it makes it to market.”

Update 7/31/09: There is even more evidence that James Kendrick doesn’t know what he is talking about; the CrunchPad specs have been revealed.

Update 11/8/09: Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that higher-than-expected costs are causing the CrunchPad’s delay. The implication is that the project is dead, which means James Kendrick may have been right. But, I would like to point out that the basis for his argument was that “there are lots of factors involved” and although cost is definitely a factor, Kendrick’s piece seems to imply that it’ll be too much work for Michael Arrington to pull it off.

Although I no longer plan on purchasing the CrunchPad (if and when it is released), I still don’t believe that the project is dead.