Fusion Garage, which was once the company supposed to build the CrunchPad and ended up selling it as the JooJoo, may have shut down.
AllThingsD reports that the company's website was unavailable over the past weekend and that Fusion Garage has become "uncommunicative". The website was back online Monday morning, but the company has not responded to our requests to comment on the report.
Orders for the current line of tablets are denied with a note that Fusion garage has run out of stock. There was no information whether its Grid tablets will become available again. Fusion Garage's public relations representatives at McGrath/Power told AllThingsD that it is not working with the company anymore. The silence Fusion garage is emitting at this time is, at least, unusual for the company as it has always been very prompt with its answers. However, we cannot confirm that the company has, in fact, closed down.
Fusion Garage's first tablet, the JooJoo, was released in December 2009. It was apparently based on an idea of TechCrunch and Michael Arrington, who discontinued his work with Fusion Garage in November 2009 and filed suit for fraud and deceit against the company once the JooJoo was released for sale on December 11, 2009. The lawsuit papers showed that only 90 pre-orders for the JooJoo were placed before it became available.