In preparing for my first ever trip to the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, as it’s commonly referred, I stumbled upon a company called Litl.
Litl makes a webbook. A webbook is a type of laptop computer that only has access to the web, and provides applications and other resources that require the internet. In some ways, Litl has done what Google will be doing down the road with their Chrome OS.
According to Litl, “…the litl webbbok was created with a fresh approach that makes enjoying online photos and using the web, simple, enjoyable, and fun.”
This approach involves some unique features in design, usability, and the overall experience.
The Litl features a 12 inch screen, and can be used in laptop form, or in “easel” form, as illustrated in the photo. In easel form, the Litl can be used to watch videos, photos, or even use it in the kitchen to look at a recipe while cooking.
Litl has partnered with several companies to create “channels” for the Litl. These channels can be used to display content in new ways. The Litl has a channel for Flickr and Shutterfly, enabling you to organize your photos, view your photos, and share them with family and friends. There is also a channel for Facebook that allows you to view your friends status updates and photos in new ways. The team at Litl has created a video about the Facebook channel, and I’ve included below for your viewing pleasure.
According to Litl, they are going to have a Software Development Kit available soon for any developers interested in creating channels for the Litl. No firm date has been set for release of the Litl SDK.
I’m going to be meeting with the folks from Litl at CES in January. I’ll have more details to share about the Litl in January. Until then, the Litl is available today at the Litl Store, store.litl.com
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Thanks Tom, great that you’ve picked up on our channels and future SDK – a number of bloggers seem to be missing the significance of this – it means our platform will continue to expand and offer more on our device. And, unlike ChromeOS-based devices, the litl webbook is on the market now. Moreover our UI is a total rethink of how people want to use the web at home.
I believe James Gardner, our VP Marketing, will be at CES with a crew from litl – I’ll draw this to his attention as I’m pretty sure he’ll want to keep an eye out for you.