Fusion Garage confirms the JooJoo tablet is dead

first_imgThe JooJoo tablet is officially dead. Fusion Garage has confirmed that the JooJoo is no more and that the company’s focus has moved to other devices.The JooJoo has had a short life and will be remembered more for the fighting it caused between Fusion and Michael Arrington than anything else. It started life as the CrunchPad and a collaboration between Arrington and Fusion Garage. Then Fusion cut Arrington out of the picture, the name was changed to JooJoo and the price increased from $200 to $500. Arrington sued.When it did finally launch the iPad was far superior and although sales figures have never been released it is believed there were only 90 pre-orders. Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan, founder of Fusion Garage has rubbished those claims, but refuses to give out actual sales:We have not done as well as projected as far as the numbers are concerned, but it is certainly not what you have read on the internet. As for why JooJoo failed, he puts it down to the iPad and no one wanting a web-only device:I think it’s very obvious with the advance of the iPad that while web remains probably the number one thing that we do with our devices, the lack of end-to-end connectivity means that there’s a need to have a hybrid, to have both a web and non-web experience. And that’s where we fell short with our product Now Fusion Garage is looking towards 2011 and $5 million of new investment from Asian investors. Several devices are in development all of which run on Android and can communicate with each other. That’s all Fusion Garage is giving away at the moment.Read more at e27Matthew’s OpinionI think everyone knew that the JooJoo was a failure as soon as it got delayed and launched with little fanfare. But I think Fusion Garage is quite optimistic with its future plans and I suspect the new devices being developed will range from a phone through to a number of different size tablets and we may even see a netbook.Anyone who actually got their hands on a JooJoo should hang on to it. It’s a piece of gadget history that not many people have and it is sure to be worth something in the future to obscure gadget collectors. Pack it away in the original box and forget about it for the next couple of decades.Whether Fusion Garage has a future really depends on what it manages to do different with its new line of products. There’s a lot of Android devices already out there and arriving next year. There’s also Chrome OS devices on the horizon. Fusion needs to compete on form factor, price, and feature set and definitely faces an uphill struggle in each of those areas.last_img