TechCrunch Founder Forms CrunchPad, Inc.
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Have you ever looked at an overpriced tablet PC and said, "Man, I could make something WAY better than this."? If so, you've got something in common with Michael Arrington, founder of the TechCrunch blog network. He's about to form his own hardware company, CrunchPad, Inc., and release a whole new type of media device.
The first CrunchPad Inc. Press release will come at the end of this month, and we can probably expect to see a demonstration of the CrunchPad prototype there. The CrunchPad is a 12" touchscreen tablet that is capable of video chatting and Internet browsing. It's got a virtual keyboard, a Linux OS, and a solid state drive. This thing is built to be fast, responsive, and quick-booting.
The CrunchPad won't be a particularly versatile machine, but the $300 price tag is hard to beat. Arrington says he designed the tablet after looking around at the current market offerings and realizing that no one offered a cheap, well-made browsing tablet.
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So we've established the CrunchPad is a cool idea with a great price. But is it a product without a niche to fill? Or have consumers been waiting for years to finally get a cheap tablet that they can just browse the Internet with? Only time will tell.