Internet software company Spyglass has developed an application that allows users to link to the Internet from non-computer devices more effectively.
The software converts standard Web pages into a format that is more usable by devices such as telephones, when they are connected to the Internet.
The company has already done a deal with US telecomms supplier GTE to incorporate the product into enhanced display telephones for a 1,000-customer trial next year.
Spyglass described the product, Prism, as a "proxy-based dynamic content conversion solution". It is intended to address the issue of slow performance and readability of Web pages when displayed on small screens, such as those used in phones, faxes and other appliances.
Acting as a proxy server, it downloads the Web page requested by the device user and then converts it to the format and size the device demands.
Other companies working with Spyglass on using this technology include IBM, Xerox and mobile phone companies.
Analysts believe that technologies such as Prism, if proven, could help take the Internet beyond the desktop.
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