Techcrunch announced they’re going to build a web tablet device & part II –
Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device. This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing the ultimate web browsing/cloud computing client hardware. The iPhone is nice but too small, and most laptops are over-powered for the task. With applications on the web most of us just need a web browser most of the time, so the ideal device would be a light-weight small tablet running nothing more than Firefox on a decent screen and with a WiFi connection.
In an effort to help get them going or at least kick off some conversations, I think they should look at Chumby. The open source Wi-Fi “bean bag computer”…. It doesn’t fit all the “specs” Techcrunch proposed, but it’s a good start. The $179 Chumby is linux based, can support a larger screen, is open source and a prototype could be developed. The team can get the source, schematics and part of Bunnie’s brain immediately.
I think the Nokia n810 internet tablet is also pretty close to what Techcrunch described (linux based, Skype, can run Firefox) – hardware is hard, good luck guys. If this were a MAKE project I’d suggest modding an EEPC and going from there…
4 thoughts on “The Techcrunch Web Tablet Project” – Check out Chumby”
That is so cool.
yeah it’s cool, but so is star wars, and it’s also just as real and just as posible. techcrunch is populated and written by people without a clue. They’ll forget about this project in a week, like a crow with something shiny. this is ill-conceived and imaginary, conjured by people with no understanding of any of the complexity associated.
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