Best idea for Summer 2008: TechCrunch's Web Tablet For $200

Nik Cubrilovic and Michael Arrington of tech blog TechCrunch.com have launched what I found the most interesting idea for this Summer: "Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device:
A web Tablet for just 200$"

"Here’s the basic idea: The machine is as thin as possible, runs low end hardware and has a single button for powering it on and off, headphone jacks, a built in camera for video, low end speakers, and a microphone. It will have Wifi, maybe one USB port, a built in battery, half a Gigabyte of RAM, a 4-Gigabyte solid state hard drive. Data input is primarily through an iPhone-like touch screen keyboard. It runs on linux and Firefox. It would be great to have it be built entirely on open source hardware, but including Skype for VOIP and video calls may be a nice touch, too."

The Best part of it is the TOUCH SCREEN and also the collaborative side of the project:

"The goal is to keep the machine very simple and very cheap. I think this will be a lot of fun, and it may just turn into an actual product that we can use to surf the web and talk to our friends.

We’ll be coordinating the project over at TechCrunchIT. Leave a comment there if you want to participate and we’ll be in touch soon."

I like the idea of this low-profile screen that could be in every kitchen and every shop.

More details also here.

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