CrunchPad – A sleek Internet Gadget

Posted July 3rd, 2009 by Ashwin and filed in Technology
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At first, masses had access to the internet using their wired computers occupying a finite space at home.  Then came in the wireless technology and notebooks, that simplified the browsing experience to an “anywhere anytime” activity.  The technology slowly spread into the mobile phones (especially iPhone), that brought a new dimension to accessing information on the Internet.

Here comes CrunchPad, whose sole purpose of existence is to browse the Internet. Powered by Linux and Webkit, this device directly boots up into the browser.  Right now, the availability of onscreen keyboard is not confirmed but it is crucial to complete the internet experience and subsequent success of the product.

CrunchPad is being sponsored internally by Michael Arrington and the TechCrunch group.  The pictures of the prototype has been launched and it looks pretty cool.  Here is what NYTimes has to say about the CrunchPad.

A few pictures of the prototype that looks pretty impressive:

crunchpad_4 crunchpad_1 crunchpad_2 crunchpad_3

Prototype suggests that both portrait and a landscape mode are supported.  Also there is a hint about attaching an external keyboard to the device.  But I strongly believe an on-screen keyboard would make things better.  It is very sleek and could be used anywhere at your comfort.

Why would CrunchPad be a success?

  • It is highly focused into a market segment – the Internet.  Such products definitely find their way!
  • Clean and simple
  • With Cloud computing and Web 2.0+, you can run an entire computer within a browser.  So this makes a browser based device, self sufficient!
  • Those who use computers spend more time on Internet than on anything else.  So this is again a favorable point!
  • A sub-$250 price tag definitely sounds lucrative!

But can it compete against the Netbooks which are relatively priced?  Can Netbooks hold the advantage with local computing resources in addition to the browsing capabilities?

These are questions to be answered, once when we get the first feel of the CrunchPad.  But for now, it seems to be heading for a success!

Xerox Travel Scanner

Posted November 29th, 2008 by Ashwin and filed in Technology
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Xerox has a green and simple solution to maintain receipts, documents and bills, especially during corporate travels.

Xerox Corporation has come up with the Xerox Travel Scanner - a mobile scanner that can handle the business needs of corporate travelers for just $199. As per the official announcement - The Xerox Travel Scanner measures only 2″ x 1.5″ x 11.4″, weighs 10.6 ounces –less than a can of diet soda — and has a resolution of 600 dpi with 24-bit color. You can read more on the announcement here. Xerox Travel Scanner is powered through the USB port of a Laptop computer, so there are no hassles of finding a power outlet.

Xerox Travel Scanner can scan any kind of document and convert them into PDF (Portable Document Format), that can be easily shared and protected. Also these PDF files are text-searchable, while maintaining the appearance of the original document. This is definitely a handy little tool for corporate travelers.