TechCrunch Working on Web Tablet
The website has taken tech to the next level, by designing its own touchscreen.
TechCrunch CrunchPad
TechCrunch’s CrunchPad has been working on its web tablet since July 2008.
January 21, 2009 by Rachel Cericola

Tech journalists see so many products—and problems with those products—it’s no surprise that one may be able to build them better.

Now I am not willing to lose a few fingerprints to soldering, but TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington is a tad less fearful. He is currently showing off his second prototype of a touchpanel, which is known as the CrunchPad.

Arrington says that the 12-inch, 1024x768 touch display has a 4:3 aspect ratio, a VIA Nano processor, an on-screen keyboard, 1GB of memory and a 4GB flash drive. Other features include a webcam, Wi-Fi, and support for Hulu, Joost, and a ton of other sites that you spend way too much time on. It also has a very nice $299 price tag—assuming you ever have the chance to buy one.

We’re not sure whether or not this unit will ever reach other people’s hands. However, plenty of readers and investors seem interested. You can see why in the video demo below.


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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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