Crunch Pad looking to Carve out its Niche in the e-reader world!

Last summer, TechCrunch posted the article which began with  “I’m tired of waiting – I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web…”

This device would be extremely thin, with headphone jack, low end hardward, video camera, microphone,  wi-fi, USB Support, built-in battery, 1/2 Gig. RAM,  4 Gig. harddrive, iPhone-like touch screen for data input, will run linux and Firefox…

That was eleven months ago…Working in Tandem with Singapore-based developers Fusion Garage, today TechCrunch has release a prototype of what this one-time conceptual device will look like..

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…a product with iPhone-like “feel. ”  Sleek and trim it will navigate the “net”  with a simple touch and roll of the finger.

Equipped with a 12″ screen  flush with the case and  a 18mm-thick aluminium casing –  is also ideal for reading  newspapers

…no mention of books or magazine, or e-ink type screen.

…perhaps the perfect companion for the google concecpt of an ereader. Google provides the books, TechCrunch provide the ideal mobile “net” device.

See a video here:  

Will it find it place in the ereader world? We’ll just have to wait and see.  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. […] “Equipped with a 12″ screen  flush with the case and  a 18mm-thick aluminium casing –  is also ideal for reading  newspapers…perhaps the perfect companion for the google concecpt of an ereader. Google provides the books, TechCrunch provide the ideal mobile ‘net’ device.” – Fresh Tech […]

  2. I’ve been screaming for a device like this for years for my pdf ebook collection, to be able to browse the internet, get email, watch tv/video would be outstanding.

    Id buy one, even if I couldn’t afford it.

  3. Indeed interesting. Two issues:

    Why describe the scrawling with the finger feature as an ipod like property. The invention of this property preceded its implementation on the Ipod.

    I have issues with the New York Times logo being one of the logos and links that appear when the Crunchpad is first turned on. Why? The New York Times was instrumental in tricking the American public into supporting the lies based war on Iraq by spreading the lies that were used to justify it.

    Can the owner decide which websites appear when the Crunchpad is turned on? Can he/ she decide what search engine is linked to the gesture? These are important issues given that many people dont like using google as their default search engine.

    Other than that, I think the Crunchpad is a timely device that many in the technocracia have been waiting for. In short, it is the way of the future.

    Congratulations.

  4. […] Crunch Tablet is still under development, but the prototype shows promise.  Also check out the Crunch Pad link. TechNurse Administrator posted at 2009-6-23 Category: […]

  5. Will it have a virtual keyboard though?

    I cant wait for these to be released to use for watching baseball games and chatting on http://www.LiveBaseballChat.com but the only problem is that with a netbook and wifi i’m not sure what additional value this is going to be offering.

    I think i’d miss the keyboard for typing.

    Cheers,
    Dean

  6. With an Intel Atom processor I’m afraid it won’t have enough battery life. I want at least 8 hours. Oh, and I have to be able to recharge it in my car like a cell phone. In fact, I think it needs and ARM chip, like a cell phone.

  7. It seems slow and sluggish on the demo especially when playing back videos. I imagine the battery life will be somewhat limited as well. Great idea, but just like any other first gen device, it needs time to get better.

  8. For the elderly make sure the print is large enough for them to see. That is the growing population and if this is simple to use many will use it.

    Also, how about a simple way to write a letter and plug it into a printer?

    I will buy this for my mom if it has these two things.

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