In case you didn’t know Michael Arrington is a genius, a hard working man and someone you want to introduce yourself or buy him a cup of latte. He is so brilliant that a month and a half ago he posted his idea about a Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200.
” I’m tired of waiting – I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web. […] Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox and possibly Skype on top of a Linux kernel” he wrote on July 21, 2008. Almost a month later the first TechCrunch Tablet: Prototype A picture saw the light of the web on August 30, 2008.
Chrome will offer a hell of a optimizations for all Google products and services. Gmail, Google Reader, Picasa, Blogger, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Apps etc. It’s everything Arrington’s been waiting for open source, rich but thin client with a browser, chat and VoIP. A great, open source and cheap combo for consumers, geeks and white collars with the ability to sync and work offline too.
TechCrunch tablet is a great idea opening new possibilities in collaborative design and even in open hardware but it’s only been a month and a half since the first call for the device, the first prototype and Google Chrome announcement. Nothing to imply here, just stating the obvious. Michael Arrington is a genius and he knows people.