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Internet appliance

(1) See Internet-connected appliance.

(2) An earlier computer specialized for Web browsing, email and other Internet services. Also called an "information appliance" or "Web appliance," such devices cost much less than desktop computers and were designed for ease of use. Today's Internet appliances are Chromebooks, although smartphones and tablets run a huge number of Internet-based apps as well. See Chromebook, email appliance, digital photo frame, digital photo frame, network appliance, server appliance, Internet TV, network computer and smartphone.


One of the First
In 2000, this Linux-based machine was dedicated to Web browsing. It had no hard disk, and files were stored on the Internet. (Image courtesy of The New Internet Computer Company)







The Ergo Audrey
The only product in 3Com's Ergo line, Audrey's functions were activated from buttons on the side. The touchscreen was tapped by finger or the clear, plastic stylus (holder on top of unit). Introduced in 2000, Audrey was dropped in 2001.







The "iLoo" Internet Toilet
In 2003, Microsoft's U.K. division announced a street-side, public toilet with access to the MSN network. There were also rumors of website ads on the toilet paper. Quickly shelved after the announcement, people thought Microsoft had lost its senses, but it was just a prank to advertise MSN. In England, a "loo" is a toilet.
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Now the BeOS software modem solution responds to both the growing public interest in creating a multimedia workstation with an ordinary, low-cost desktop PC as well as the market demands of offering price competitive Internet appliances.
By providing all the management components that virtually all Internet appliances have in common, Samara gives appliance vendors significantly increased quality over a build-it-yourself method, ensuring increased functionality, higher quality and rapid delivery to market.
TUXIA(R), a manufacturer of embedded Linux(R) software for Internet appliances such as set-top boxes, PDAs and thin clients, today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with FOCUS Enhancements (Nasdaq:FCSE), a provider of advanced proprietary video scan conversion products for the computer and television industries.
TUXIA(R), a manufacturer of embedded Linux(R) software for Internet appliances and thin clients, today announced it will collaborate with VIA Technologies, a supplier of core logic chipsets, x86 processors and chips for PCs and Internet appliances, to develop an integrated solution for Internet appliances.
ANT Limited, a leading provider of embedded communication software for consumer electronics, Internet appliances and e-commerce products, today officially opened its new global headquarters on the Cambridge Business Park.
TUXIA(R), a manufacturer of embedded Linux(R) software for Internet appliances such as set-top boxes, PDAs and thin clients, today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with FOCUS Enhancements, a provider of advanced, proprietary video scan conversion products for the computer and television industries.
The joining of TUXIA in the ACCESS Advanced Alliance program will enable TUXIA and ACCESS to leverage joint marketing opportunities and integrate TUXIA's embedded Linux software line, TASTE(R) (TUXIA Appliance Synthesis Technology), with ACCESS's NetFront(R) embedded browser, providing a wider range of development tools to enable a new generation of Internet appliances to be brought to market.
Developers of Embedded Devices and Internet Appliances Now Have Access
Eric Amouyal, Atmel's director for Internet Appliance Products, welcomed the introduction of the new device, "The SIAP-E reinforces Atmel's position as a leading supplier of advanced hardware/software solutions for Internet appliances.
ANT Limited, a leading provider of embedded communication software for consumer electronics, Internet appliances and eCommerce products, today announced that it is moving its global headquarters in the UK to new, larger premises on the Cambridge Business Park, to accommodate the next phase of its rapid expansion program.
Both Tvia's and PCTVnet's developer kits offer unique software and processing environments for creation of next-generation Internet appliances (IAs) and digital broadband set top boxes (DSTBs).
In the initial phase of this "CrewNection" service, IBM installed 500 new NetVista Internet Appliances, with IBM embedded software, in crew cabins aboard the "Radiance of the Seas.

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