Dreaming about a web tablet for under $200

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A tablet PC with WiFi, USB, 4GB of storage and 512 MB of memory, running Firefox and Skype on top of… hmm… well… not important, because the PC is not for sale. It is being built by Mike and folks at TechCrunch and they are calling everyone for help.

Judging by the comments, the blog post stirred a lot of excitement and I don’t want to be the party pooper but this comment resonates the best with my way of seeing it:

A pipe dream…. mark my words.. you need people who are in the business…. I have always been fascinated by people who have no clue about anything, from a totally different field who wake up and feel they just had gods greated idea the planet has ever seen…
Do yourself a favor and talk to some product designers at some of the it companies… then you’d burry your little project immediately…

I have little experience with hardware projects, but I know a lot about open sourcing software and one thing is certain - it requires a lot of coordination. Even if producing the above device is feasible price-wise taken the requirements, which I really doubt, it will take a huge coordinated effort from multiple parties: designers, suppliers, manufactures, marketers etc.

Unless TC gets someone on board who really knows this stuff and has very dip pockets - the idea is doomed to fail. What do you think?

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5 Responses to “Dreaming about a web tablet for under $200”

  1. 1 Scott Y. Jul 23rd, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Ha! I thought the behaviour makes perfect senese from the commenters of a website (TechCrunch) that is always talking about something, instead of doing something :)

  2. 2 Alex Jul 23rd, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I do agree with you Yan, but I also question the validity of this project from the business perspective as it reminds me of a stripped down laptop. Is it cool – yes, would people buy it – no.

  3. 3 Yan Jul 23rd, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I am sure geeks will find a use to a device like that if the price is right (and that is a very big ‘if’). The biggest problem I have with the design is connectivity. I would much rather prefer the device to support some high speed nation-wide network since WiFi has very limited reach

  4. 4 Mike G. Jul 24th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    It does prove one thing, Mike at TC is a master of publicity. I didn’t count, but it looked like there were 100 trackbacks.

  5. 5 jenny Mar 25th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Did this ever get created? Where can I buy one?

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