Remember Fusion Garage, the chaps behind the Linux-rockin’ JooJoo and the Android-based Grid 10 tablets? Of course you do. I bet you were just talking about them.
Fusion Garage’s history is steeped in controversy (and general crapness, if I’m being blunt), and now the Singapore-born manufacturer appears to have gone off the radar. Brilliant.
Earlier this year, the industry was teased by the previously unknown TabCo Group, which promised to “reinvent the wheel” with its imminent tablet. There were rumours that it might be something genuinely interesting, like a Nokia tablet, or perhaps an early Windows 8 effort.
Alas, it materialised that TabCo was in fact Fusion Garage, and the industry sighed collectively. The Grid 10 featured a customised Android UI, but the wheel remained thoroughly unchanged.
Now Fusion Garage has gone deep undercover. Its website was offline for a period over the weekend, and attempts to contact them have been unsuccessful. Try to grab a Grid 10 from the Fusion Garage shop, and you’ll encounter the message: “We are running out of stock. Thank you.” No, thank you.
To make matters worse, Fusion Garage’s PR company, McGrath/Power, has bailed, and its lawyers are reportedly in the process of jumping ship too.