Skip to main content

CrunchPad Partner Speaks Out and Plans Media Event

techcrunch-crunchpadWho is Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan? Depends on who you ask—if you ask TechCrunch’s founder and editor, Michael Arrington, he’ll probably say that Rathakrishnan is the “CrunchPad murderer.” Rathakrishnan is the founder and CEO of Fusion Garage–TechCrunch’s Singapore-based partner in the CrunchPad endeavor– and, according to a Silicon Valley PR firm, he has scheduled a demonstration of the device. Rathakrishnan also says that he “just wants to share his side of the story” on Monday about why the CrunchPad is in, according to Arrington, the “deadpool.”

If you haven’t heard of the CrunchPad or why it’s dead, let us catch you up real quick. The CrunchPad was intended to be a touchscreen tablet computer that was being designed by Arrington because (as Wikipedia quotes) “we want a dead simple web tablet for $200.” So they tried to build one, and solicited the help of Rathakrishnan’s Fusion Garage. On November 30th, Arrington said that the two companies had planned to debut the CrunchPad at TechCrunch’s “RealTime CrunchUp” conference in early 2010, but the operation was killed because Rathakrishnan and his investors tried to cut them out of the deal.  Although, TechCrunch alone owns the CrunchPad trademark, both companies shared development expenses and neither company truly owns the device. The CrunchPad is just floating in tech limbo, waiting for this whole thing to be settled, but we doubt that will happen anytime soon or anywhere outside of a courthouse.

According to Megan Alpers of McGrath/Power Public Relations, Rathakrishnan’s conference with reporters and industry analysts will be held this coming Monday, December 7th, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

Editors' Recommendations

Dena Cassella
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Haole built. O'ahu grown
Why AI will never rule the world
image depicting AI, with neurons branching out from humanoid head

Call it the Skynet hypothesis, Artificial General Intelligence, or the advent of the Singularity -- for years, AI experts and non-experts alike have fretted (and, for a small group, celebrated) the idea that artificial intelligence may one day become smarter than humans.

According to the theory, advances in AI -- specifically of the machine learning type that's able to take on new information and rewrite its code accordingly -- will eventually catch up with the wetware of the biological brain. In this interpretation of events, every AI advance from Jeopardy-winning IBM machines to the massive AI language model GPT-3 is taking humanity one step closer to an existential threat. We're literally building our soon-to-be-sentient successors.

Read more
The best hurricane trackers for Android and iOS in 2022
Truck caught in gale force winds.

Hurricane season strikes fear into the hearts of those who live in its direct path, as well as distanced loved ones who worry for their safety. If you've ever sat up all night in a state of panic for a family member caught home alone in the middle of a destructive storm, dependent only on intermittent live TV reports for updates, a hurricane tracker app is a must-have tool. There are plenty of hurricane trackers that can help you prepare for these perilous events, monitor their progress while underway, and assist in recovery. We've gathered the best apps for following storms, predicting storm paths, and delivering on-the-ground advice for shelter and emergency services. Most are free to download and are ad-supported. Premium versions remove ads and add additional features.

You may lose power during a storm, so consider purchasing a portable power source,  just in case. We have a few handy suggestions for some of the best portable generators and power stations available. 

Read more
Don’t buy the Meta Quest Pro for gaming. It’s a metaverse headset first
Meta Quest Pro enables 3D modeling in mixed reality.

Last week’s Meta Connect started off promising on the gaming front. Viewers got release dates for Iron Man VR, an upcoming Quest game that was previously a PS VR exclusive, as well as Among Us VR. Meta, which owns Facebook, also announced that it was acquiring three major VR game studios -- Armature Studio, Camouflaj Team, and Twisted Pixel -- although we don’t know what they’re working on just yet.

Unfortunately, that’s where the Meta Connect's gaming section mostly ended. Besides tiny glimpses and a look into fitness, video games were not the show's focus. Instead, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted to focus on what seemed to be his company’s real vision of VR's future, which involves a lot of legs and a lot of work with the Quest Pro, a mixed reality headset that'll cost a whopping $1,500.

Read more