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Fusion Garage goes silent, hints another tablet rival down

updated 07:40 pm EST, Sat December 17, 2011

Fusion Garage site, social go offline

Fusion Garage may have quietly burned out of existence. Along with letting its FusionGarage.com and TheJooJoo.com web domains expire, users are reporting both in forums and on Facebook that the company has stopped shipping orders and at least sometimes hasn't provided refunds. Its social team stopped using Facebook in October and last posted on Twitter December 9.

The company's American PR agency, McGrath Power, informed The Verge Saturday that "none" of its efforts to get in touch had worked for weeks. The agency was stopping representation of Fusion Garage as of Sunday, according to an official statement.

While Fusion Garage has had a rebirth before, going under the fake TabCo name until it unveiled the Grid 10 and Grid 4 in August, the under-the-radar move suggests that the shut down this time may be permanent. The Singapore-based firm has regularly had trouble selling tablets and mostly launched the Grid series on fresh funding. If so, it would represent another casualty of competition against the iPad in the tablet space in 2011 that has at least temporarily claimed HP.

Signs of trouble might have emerged in September, with a rapid price cut to $299 happening just weeks after the launch.

The original Fusion Garage tablet, the JooJoo, was born out of controversy and faced a tough path from the start. It was originally supposed to be the CrunchPad, the concept for a $200 web-only tablet originally devised by TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington. At the last minute, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan effectively hijacked the project, citing investor support that cut Arrington out of the final launch and the profits of a project he co-developed.

No word has been given of where Rathakrishnan might be, nor what the state of the resulting lawsuit might be.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. drbenru

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    +4

    Lousy X-mas for Arrington

    At least this would put some closure to the whole ordeal for Arrington. Timing wise this pad might have been a decent idea, at the functionality and price point Arrington envisioned, along with the subsidy and ad-driven model they where hoping to achieve. Then this idiot Rathakrishnan thought he could overextend the reach and capabilities of this device.

    In other sad x-mas to be Arrington news, TechCrunch seems to be in a downward spiral under AOL :-(

    Oh well, hope you have other reasons to celebrate Mr. Arrington, merry x-mas :-D

  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008

    +3

    Unrealistic dreaming

    There is dreaming and there is hope. When you combine the two and have "bad" people backing you, this is what happens. But people in the tech world are often more full of optimism than sense. Each one thinks they will make a difference. But it takes more than "thinking" to actually make a difference. You have to have a clue and not get in bed with bad people.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

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    There was no way in the world

    this company could have put out a tablet and made money from it. The company was a deep financial problems from the get go. I believe that was the only working JooJoo model in existence. You can't build tablets on hopes and dreams. You need extremely deep pockets to go along with those hopes and dreams. I feel really bad for those consumers who ordered tablets from that company and aren't getting refunds.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +10

    Another one bites the dust

    I wonder exactly how many iPad-wannabes need to go down in flames before the manufacturers "get it." And by "get it" I mean "realize that hardware + OS isn't enough."

    Hardware is the box the OS comes in. The OS is a window into the larger ecosystem. The ecosystem drives the overall user experience. Without the ecosystem, your pad is just another generic stand-alone computing device. Get it?

  1. rvhernandez

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    Joined: Apr 2005

    +4

    Karma's a b****

    I'll say it again - Karma's a b****

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