This question has prompted the creation of a melange of simple Internet access devices called Internet appliances
. But so far, these devices have failed miserably in the marketplace.
Some metropolitan area electronics stores and telephone companies are already selling Internet appliances
for up to $300 that require a $20 per month service fee.
"Through Zolar, LinuxIT and our other partners, we are now able to provide consumers in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific with affordable and flexible Linux-based software products for creating an Internet appliance
The iPAQ Home Internet Appliance
runs Microsoft's MSN Companion platform (based on Win CE, IE, and MSN) and includes 32MB of SDRAM, 16MB of Flash, a 10.1 inch DSTN display, four USB ports, a 56K modem, and a wireless keyboard.
Founded in 1994, Conversa (pronounced con-ver-say) develops Internet speech technology solutions that allow people to conversationally interact with computers and Internet appliances
. Using natural language as the interface between people and machines, Conversa provides the tools and technology for building voice-interactive Web sites and enabling voice-driven communications and transactions.
Its USB V1.1 Full Speed interface (12Mbps) gives it a direct high-speed connection to any PC or Internet appliance
using e-Token or Smart Card support.
The SAGEvision Internet appliance
and service bundle features a browser and user interface designed to make navigating the web easier, as well as a visit to SAGEport.com where seniors are offered e-mail, chat and access to the full Internet resources and capabilities.
The company describes db.linux as the first open-source embeddable database solution for Internet appliance
eSoft Inc, a US provider of Linux-based software systems, has launched its TEAM Internet 300 Internet appliance
in the UK market.
Integrated Systems Inc, the embedded real-time operating systems and tool developer, will today announce the first of series of reference platforms for next generation internet appliances
. The first fruits of the Sunnyvale, California company's Internet Appliance
Vantage Program is a near-market ready, Java-based personal digital assistant (PDA) with built in mobile communications.
"With the current availability of the ADSP-21535, and announcement of our price-performance leading ADSP-21532, ADI is fulfilling its promises with technically advanced solutions for telecommunications, consumer electronics and Internet appliance
Colbeth expects that the company will have to increase human resources and focus on the internet appliance
sector so that Spyglass can grow as the market grows.