It’s taken a long time to finally reach shipping, but manufacturer Fusion Garage insist that their “category-creating” JooJoo Internet tablet is currently being lovingly plonked into cardboard boxes and should be in the hands of US consumers by Monday, March 29.
Previously regaling under the name of ‘CrunchPad’ , the $499 JooJoo packs a 12.1″ multi-touch capacitive display, with generous screen resolution of 1366 x 768, plus a front-facing camera and support for Flash content and a ho-hum five hours of battery.
There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR onboard, 4GB SSD (but no SD card slot – bah!), accelerometer, ambient light sensor, integrated speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB port.
The recently revamped interface looks very nice indeed, and there’s now both a smaller, moveable on-screen keyboard for quick, one-handed writing and a full-screen multitouch keyboard that recognises more than one key at a time for your magnum opus.
We certainly like the look of the thing, but we think it’s going to be an uphill struggle for an unproven, unknown company to persuade users to invest in their products when there’s – you know what – coming over the hill.
Here’s the press release:
JOOJOO TABLET NOW SHIPPING
SINGAPORE, March 25, 2010 – Fusion Garage announced that its category-creating joojoo Internet tablet has begun shipping from the factory today. joojoo devices are now on their way to U.S. customers who pre-ordered them. Devices should be received by Monday, March 29.
New joojoo orders can be placed at https://thejoojoo.com/store at a cost of $499 USD. With its easy to use user interface, joojoo allows users to tap into Internet applications, news, music, high definition video, social media and Web services. The device boasts the largest capacitive touch screen of any device on the market, measuring 12.1 inches in length. joojoo is Flash 10.1 and Java compliant and comes equipped with a built-in, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.
For more information, please visit www.thejoojoo.com.
joojoo, officially introduced in December 2009, is the category-creating Web tablet that provides near instantaneous Internet access and the best online experience. The African word “joujou” means magical object and Fusion Garage’s joojoo brings users into an online world where everything on the Internet is just a single touch away.
Powered by Fusion Garage’s innovative browser-based operating system, joojoo enables users to quickly and easily tap into Internet applications, news, music, high definition video, social media and Web services. joojoo has revolutionary hardware, including the largest capacitive touch screen of any device on the market – 12.1 inches –providing full screen content viewing. Its ultra-portable, ultra-thin design offers the best Internet experience anywhere – on the couch or on the go, standing or sitting.
joojoo’s gesture-based user interface allows easy transitions between Web sites and turns pages in a digital publication via the movement of a finger. A full-size touch keyboard appears when users need it, and disappears when viewing content or paging through digital content. joojoo is available directly from Fusion Garage at www.thejoojoo.com.
About Fusion Garage
Fusion Garage enables the best Internet experience through innovative software and hardware devices. Founded in 2008, Fusion Garage’s core browser-based operating system provides near instantaneous Internet access and has spurred the development of an entirely new category of consumer electronics devices dedicated to online usage. Fusion Garage is based in Singapore and is privately funded.