Wireless Web pads that you can take from room to room in your home, just like cordless phones, are on the way.
Products on show from RSC and DT Research, based on National Semiconductor's Web Pad design, should be available in the spring of 2000.
The pads have integrated speakers, turning them into portable home entertainment devices, and users can use them to surf the Net, send and receive email and play back Web based streaming audio and video.
The pads feature touch screens and handwriting recognition, so consumers don't have to learn to type. There is, however, a USB port to plug in a keyboard and mouse if required.
A single wireless transmitter broadcasts data received from a 56K modem. It can also power multiple units around the home.
Pricing has yet to be fixed, but the pads will be priced realistically in a bid to entice consumers to quickly take up the technology.
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