is a lightweight touch-screen device running WinCE
. Originally it was designed as an internet appliance
but since it's release it has grown to be much more.
It was produced by a company called epods which has since gone out of business
. These units were originally sold for $199, and required a 2 year contract
for the dial-up service provided by epods. This contract is (debatably) void now that the company has gone out of business
Shortly after the company went out of business, a hack
was released which lets you completely remove the epods shell and leaves you with a 2.2 pound, $199 WinCE 2.12
machine with a 7" touch screen
, a PCMCIA slot
(for wireless networking
or any other WinCE PCMCIA device), and a compactflash
slot for adding more storage.
The adopted home page for the hacked device is http://www.geocities.com/epodsfiles/, and there is an active discussion board for this device at http://www.kenseglerdesigns.com/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowBoard&Board=EpodsOne&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=Session&Session=.
These devices sell for more than $199 now (ebay
, on the discussion board, out of the trunk of the guy on the corner
Most users use the device with wireless networking
and Terminal Server
for Win2K to use the device as a remote display, for fast web browsing and controlling X10