TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad device continues to inch toward reality. Today Arrington revealed a few new conceptual drawings of the CrunchPad, promising that a working prototype based on the new design should be ready in a few weeks.
The idea behind the CrunchPad is to create a tablet PC that basically serves one purpose: It runs a web browser. There’s no keyboard or touchpad. Just a big touchscreen display. Last I heard it was using an Intel Atom processor and had about 100MB of software preloaded.
The latest version of the CrunchPad has an aluminum case that’s just 18mm or about 0.7 inches thick, and which sits flush with the display, unlike earlier prototypes which were thicker and made of plastic. No word on whether it’ll still ring up at under $300 or if anybody will actually want to purchase one of these instead of a netbook or a ARM based smartbook.