It takes courage to try, fail, and try again, but if you fail a second time, just stay down. In 2010, a company called Fusion Garage launched the JooJoo Tablet, a hefty 12-inch slate with bad battery life, a lame web-centric interface, and basically no apps. Fast forward one year and Fusion Garage was at it again with the Grid 10 tablet.
This time around, FG kept the size to a manageable 10 inches but insisted on creating another custom UI. Unfortunately, the new grid-based OS was neither as functional as Android nor as intuitive as iOS. In fact, it was the first tablet OS ever to require—and include—an on-screen map for navigating its home screens.
Fusion Garage's second chance came to a resounding end after a series of debacles earlier this month. First, the company was dropped--rather publicly--by its marketing firm, then it was revealed that FG could not obtain sufficient investor funding to continue production. In fact, the company found itself in such poor financial shape, it couldn't refund money for the Grid slates customers returned! Anyone else hear the sound of an elevator slamming to the bottom floor?