You’ve probably heard about Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad. If not, you can get caught up here. This is a really important gadget you might not want, might not buy, but should care about.
Custom Hardware Solutions: Take standard, off the shelf components, and make me what I want. I want an HD Movie Camera was big hard drive and an MP3 player built in. You want your toaster to have a connector where your Zune can be plugged. As I said, really custom stuff. This world of made to order gadgets is exciting and I believe full of potential. The CrunchPad will be a nice, high profile, way to get that ball rolling.
Group Solutions: Dan Frommer is taking a dump (“it’s toast”) on the device for all the obvious reasons, no storage, web only, need Internet, etc. And, of course, if Apple comes out with a cheap device, Michael’s device gets clobbered because of the marketing machine that is Apple. None of this, in my view, matters. Arrington, love em or hate em, has enough fans or put generically, has enough like minded people that want what he is building to get it built and make it a success to the extent it needs to be for the people that want it. At least that’s the working thesis and, for sure, I could be wrong.
No, this probably isn’t the next Apple or Motion Computing, but here’s the secret.
Let’s assume there are just 1000 people out of all the TechCrunch people in the world that want this device. If this device gets made and sold to 1000 happy people and the result is a manufacturing world and process which can now do these “one off” type devices, the game changes.
That’s why I want this device to get made. It begins a high profile (and positive) disruption at the point of manufacture and that can mean exciting things to you. Good luck, Michael.
Enjoy your weekend, everybody.