Fusion Garage, the company behind the ill-fated JooJoo tablet and upcoming Grid10, appears to have retreated from its launch with the news that its PR firm is no longer working with the company.
Fusion Garage shot to infamy when it worked with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington to produce a tablet known as the 'CrunchPad.' Sadly, while the design was clever, poor software and bad build quality meant the CrunchPad - renamed to the JooJoo just prior to launch following Fusion Garage's decision to sever ties with Arrington - led to its failure.
Licking its wounds, Fusion Garage disappeared from view, before launching a concerted PR campaign with an actor pretending to represent a secretive new company in an attempt to build up interest in its Grid10 tablet, the JooJoo's successor.
Unfortunately, it appears that the company hasn't learned from its mistakes: reviews of the Grid10 are universally critical, while the company's promise of a free Grid10 tablet for everyone fooled into buying a JooJoo has proven false.
Now, the company has gone dark entirely: the shop from which users can buy Grid10 tablets is non-functional, large areas of its website don't work, and its PR firm has chosen to cease representation of Fusion Garage.
"Unfortunately, none of our efforts have resulted in any communication from the company to the customers," a spokesperson for PR firm McGrath Power told The Verge. "Given all of this, we don't have any other choice but to cease working with Fusion Garage effective tomorrow."
Thus far, Fusion Garage and its outspoken chief executive Chandra Rathakrishnan have not issued a statement on the company's apparent issues.