Sometime ago I heard of the Crunchpad Internet Media Tablet and was totally blown away and amazed by the idea and the simplicity of the idea. Michael Arrington (Arrington: Wikipedia) the founder of TechCrunch.com seems to have done what every geek, nerd, and techie dreams: namely take some idea and create a product to rival and upset the major companies using only what you have in your garage. This is a major oversimplification but still looking over the pictures of the work area and the early prototypes it does seem that the Crunchpad’s creator was a somewhat normal human being.
In case you are unaware of what the Crunchpad actually is; it is a netbook with a twist that is it has no keyboard and resembles a laptop that has been broken in half leaving only the screen. It also apparently lacks the typical OS instead it boots straight to a browser relying entirely on web powered applications to power it.
Recently Apple announced its intention to release a tablet of its own however as is typical of Apple products it is far more expensive but may include some features that the Crunchpad apparently lacks for me these are: a Hard drive (which shouldn’t be too difficult to implement, I cite my experience with the Archos 5 IMT which I loved.)
Michael recently had a second leak of media concerning his project. this time it was a video which was swiftly pulled from the web
I have been experimenting myself with the idea of a media tablet that I am hacking together out of old laptops and netbooks. I call this project Gemini for no particular reason. Now for me the main problems to overcome when creating a tablet like this are:
- BATTERY LIFE!! cannot stress this enough I want a device that lasts all day and not just an hour or three. So OLED screens and flash are the way to go. Couple these with a technology similar to Windows Sideshow and Voila a 5-8 hour battery life.
- Connectivity: I want a device to connect all my other devices on the fly, this means Bluetooth, WiFi, USB 2.0, and probably 3G
- Size: small is good but in my project I’m thinking of replacing a laptop so I need a product with a viewing area about the same as a laptop. So 10”- 17” inch seems good providing it is thin enough. The thinnest I have gotten is about 2.5 inches at its thickest. not bad considering i was using a 2 year old laptop
- Media playback: I’m not talking HD no but close, DVD quality seems good enough by far and speaking of DVD it would be nice to have a DVD drive built in 🙂
- Storage: Not terabytes but a decent size at least for music and documents, somewhere around 120GB
- Add-ons: Hardware not software. Ideally it would ship with a wireless keyboard and mouse and a Bluetooth headset
These are the main ideas I considered when planning my project and I hope these other companies thought about them too.
I’ll post updates to my project as well as background information