If you’ve got the cash to burn and looking for an interesting, if not peculiar, gadget to invest in, then this Grippity Android tablet on Kickstarter might be something to put on your list. Not only does this contraption make use of a translucent LCD display, it also has capacitive touchscreen panels on both front and back sides.
The Grippity tablet looks more like an overgrown game controller than a tablet, and, in a way, that is a design decision. Taking cues from its earlier product, a rather odd media center keyboard, Grippity tries to utilize almost all your fingers while holding the tablet with both hands. This means that you will be able to use the eight fingers you have tucked away behind the device since it also has a multitouch capactive screen at the back.
However, to make this setup actually usable, one has to also see what those fingers will be touching. This has led Grippity, also the name of the company making the device, employ a semi-transparent display. According to the guys behind Grippity, this will help resolve the issue of having your pointing finger obscure what you’re tapping on, especially on websites. Unfortunately, the rest of the Grippity’s hardware sheet sound a bit lackluster. A no-name Cortex A8 processor will be driving the device with a measly 512 MB of RAM. Storage is capped at 4 GB but there will an SD card slot. It will have WiFi and Bluetooth but no 3G or 4G support. It will only be running Android 4.2 but it might be upgraded to 4.4 if possible. The video below is the Kickstarter pitch that describes the motivation and design of the Grippity tablet.
The Kickstarter campaign still has 29 days to go and so far it has reached a tenth of its $199,000 funding goal. The limited $159 pledge will bag you one unity, but there are only 99 slots left, after which it will only be available starting $235 and above. Unfortunately, it seems that there are still a lot of missing pieces to the Grippity’s production requirements, making this a somewhat risky investment.