Fusion Garage’s joojoo resuscitated, now targeting vertical markets

By on November 17, 2010 at 6:17 PM.

Fusion Garage’s joojoo resuscitated, now targeting vertical markets

Will wonders never cease? The joojoo, a 12-inch Linux-based tablet that was supposedly tied to a tree just last week, will in fact not be put out to pasture as had been reported last week. Instead, Fusion Garage has enlisted the help of reseller partner ASTExC to give the tablet a makeover. Osaka Japan-based ASTEC will up the device’s internal storage to 16GB and then further “customize joojoo for business applications.” Fusion Garage is even on the hunt for more partners to, “utilize alternative operating systems such as Linux and Microsoft Windows in joojoo.” A Windows-powered joojoo? Consider our interest piqued.

Fusion Garage did confirm that the joojoo tablet would no longer be available direct to consumers, however, stating that the option to purchase the device would be removed from the joojoo website on November 19th. The company also confirmed that it is working on new tablets based on a custom Android build, and it is targeting the first half of 2011 for launches. “We are very pleased by the rapidly increasing vertical market interest in joojoo,” Fusion Garage founder and CEO, Chandra Rathakrishnan said in a statement. “Companies such as ASTEC are able to do some very innovative customization of the product and enable joojoo to be used in business applications that go beyond our consumer focus. At the same time, this marks the end of joojoo as a product and a brand for Fusion Garage. We have learned a lot and will carry forward insight gained from joojoo to our new generation of products that we will introduce in the first half of 2011.”

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Blank Label app lets you design, customize, and personalize your button-down shirt

By on October 13, 2010 at 8:44 AM.

Blank Label app lets you design, customize, and personalize your button-down shirt

Gentlemen, let’s talk about steez. You know, “style with ease.”  If you’re the kind of dude who rocks a button-down collared shirt — and likes being one of a kind — you need to check out the Blank Label application for the iPad. Blank Label is, in our opinion, a fairly ingenious iPad app that lets you customize the: fabric type, collar, cuff, pocket, shoulders, placket, labeling, monogram and buttons of a button-down, collared shirt. With 40 fabrics, 6 collar types, 6 cuff types, 4 pocket types, 4 shoulder cuts, 4 placket types, two labeling options, three possible monogram locations, and 6 different button colors, you can pretty much guarantee that your designed garment is one of a kind; you’re definitely not going to be seeing your shirt in a Gap catalog. The application gives you a live preview of your shirt as you customize it and shirt pricing starts at right around $45; the price — obviously — goes up as you inflict your personal style. Company co-founder, Danny Wong, said that Blank Label is open to the idea of porting the application to Android tablets, however, at the moment, they are laser-focused on the iPad application. If you have an iPad, you can download Blank Label (free) from the App Store. If you don’t have an iPad you can see the application in action here or customize a shirt yourself from the company’s website blank-label.com. Whether you need a custom shirt or not, you have to admit… it is a very cool use of tablet technology. Check it out and let us know what you think. More →

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