Crunchpad Concept

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http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/10/about-those-new-crunchpad-pictures/

From Mike Arrington’s own words:

The goal – a very thin and light touch screen computer, sans physical keyboard, that has no hard drive and boots directly to a browser to surf the web. The operating system exists solely to handle the hardware drivers and run the browser and associated applications. That’s it.

The key uses: Internet consumption. The virtual keyboard will make data entry a pain other than for entering credentials, quick searches and maybe light emails. This machine isn’t for data entry. But it is for reading emails and the news, watching videos on Hulu, YouTube, etc., listening to streaming music on MySpace Music and imeem, and doing video chat via tokbox. The hardware would consist of netbook appropriate chipsets (Intel Atom or Via Nano), at least a 12 inch screen, a camera for photos and video, speakers and a microphone. Add a single USB port, power in and sound out, and you’re done. If you want more features, this ain’t for you.

Wonderful concept isn’t it? I think for $300 (roughly RM1,000) a web tablet is actually okay. Wish it was $50 cheaper though. That would be the sweet point. Ah well… this is a commercial project afterall. Sigh. *Wishful thinking*

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