Last month I did a piece about the CrunchPad which Michael Arrington was developing. A new prototype has now been introduced which now includes an aluminum case which replaces the previous plastic housing. Nice touch. But what makes this new device attractive is the sleek design of the device as seen in the picture below. According to Michael Arrington, he states the following:

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on the CrunchPad since our last update in April, and have just about nailed down the final design for the device. We’re showing the conceptual drawings here today. In another few weeks we’ll have the first working prototypes in our office.

This launch prototype is another significant step forward from the last prototype. The screen is now flush with the case and we’ve decreased the overall thickness to about 18 mm. The case will be aluminum, which is more expensive than plastic but is sturdier and lets us shave a little more off the overall thickness of the device.

Here is the near-final industrial design for the CrunchPad:

Also on his site he states that if you would like to receive more news about the CrunchPad, you can send an email to [email protected] and we’ll put you on the list.

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