At 18 mm thick, the tablet only works when connected to the internet. The device takes advantage of clever touch protocols that make for efficient and pleasant consuming of content. Rumoured to be priced at around US$300, the device could become a widely adopted method for reading online content.
As well as possibly becoming the classroom read / write pad, I can also envisage this device being the new way to browse online content while curled up in front of the fire place, as well as a kitchen helper displaying interactive recipe content.
Apple too are in the process of reinventing a tablet device, but it is likely to be released at a significant cost premium to the CrunchPad. See coverage from Wired here.
Below is a video that shows the CrunchPad in action.