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Ideas are Cheap - Touch screen device with a browser

07 Nov 2008

Use case

Mom asked me to find out the name of the God in the temple at Gokarna. I just had to visit Wikipedia and find out. She could have done this herself but she's too intimidated by the PC. The same goes for checking movie listings. And so on.

Hypothesis

What if there was a simple device that has just a web browser. They keyboard is brought up via the touch screen. It has absolutely nothing else. Then, would she use it?

Upside

Downside

Bottom line

Would you buy it? For yourself or for someone you know.


(This is a continuation of the "Ideas are Cheap" series).


Update on April 9, 2009 : Here comes The TechCrunch Tablet.

Comments

Sayamindu says:

I think the Nokia "Internet Tablets" are designed for the use case you have in mind. The price range, however, of these devices are higher.

Vikas says:

The iPhone/iPod touch has a browser (safari) that is simple to use by people who are intimidated by PC. The access of browser, search on the net and connecting to net (of course you need to be in WiFi zone) are meant for dummies. So isn't the device already in market?

Sharninder says:

Well the iPhone is almost there. Michael arrington from techcrunch also talked about a similar device some time back and is working on a prototype too.

Swaroop says:

@Sayamindu: You're right.

@Vikas: But again, it's one thing that does many. It's still not simple enough IMHO for the use case that I'm thinking about.

@Sharninder Interesting, will look that up.

Gerhard says:

There is something that serves as just an internet access device. It has a nice little keyboard, large screen and boots quickly, It can do WiFi and GSM.

Here's the link: http://www.pocketsurfer.co.uk/

I,m using one right now to post this :)

Before I forget: thanks for a great site!

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