May 22, 2001
Dumb Devices in a New & Networked Web World
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes "There's a lot of talk about Web-enabling devices, but not much about actually connecting these devices to the Internet. At the Internet Explorer 5 launch, Bill Gates said, "We need to Web-enable not just the PC, but other devices." There are a couple of problems to be overcome in Web-enabling devices. The first is that most of the devices targeted do not have Internet communications capability already incorporated in their operating systems. In fact, many don't even have an electronic controller let alone an operating system."