Posted on 28-Dec-2003 15:46
Filed under: News
The Appliance Studio, a Bristol based innovation firm, created an internet appliance called txTboard, a new digital version of the post-it note stuck to the fridge or the front door.
The txTboard is a slim self-contained device built around a colour touch-screen that is intended to hang on the kitchen wall or communal areas in the home. It displays SMS text messages sent to it from mobile phones, enabling members of a household to keep in touch with family and friends back home from wherever they are.
According to the Mobile Data Association (MDA) mobile phone users in the UK sent an average of two million SMS messages per hour during September. The MDA reported that the total number of chargeable person-to-person text messages sent across the four UK GSM network operators during September was 1.43 billion.
txTboard, a brainchild of The Appliance Studio's founder Bill Sharpe, came from The Appliance Studio's innovation programme on new information appliances - things that make digital technology useful in everyday life.
"txTboard shows how the style of in-depth user understanding, typical of the work of The Appliance Studio, can produce fresh angles beyond the obvious - using a person-to-person mobile technology for person-to-place communications instead," said Bill Sharpe, CEO, The Appliance Studio.
According to the company, txTboard took just four weeks to prototype from the initial concept; the next step will involve evaluating the values that the txTboard gives to real users. The appliance is based on the company's Web Signs technology. This platform runs SignOS, an embedded Linux for information appliances developed by The Appliance Studio.
Web Signs is a range of display-based Internet appliances. These are currently offered in two sizes – 6.5" and 17". They incorporate many features including Bluetooth connectivity.