The ICE Communicators are pocket sized computing devices that offer the visual performance of a 17” color VGA computer monitor. Utilizing LCD micro-displays that are smaller than a postage stamp, ICE Communicators produce large virtual images that allow users to access and experience high-resolution computer based information, including the Internet, the way they would on a traditional desktop PC. IIS’ ICE Communicators are designed to interface to corporate networks and the Internet through wireless modems, wireless LANs, and cellular phones.
ICE is produced in 2 form factors (handheld and wearable) and contains varying degrees of computing power and expandability. Each consists of a VGA user display, microphone, speaker, QWERTY keyboard, and an IIS proprietary OptiNav™ user interface that allows users to navigate the Web and enter data. All ICE units are extremely compact and low in power consumption. They will be offered at pricing comparable to industrialized PDAs.
Prior attempts at wireless access to high resolution content have met with only modest success for two reasons: limited display screen resolutions and wireless networks built for voice rather than data. The later is being solved with the ongoing worldwide rollout of high-speed wireless data networks and the proliferation of wireless LANs in the corporate world and public facilities. However the mobile viewing of high-resolution graphical and text information still presents a significant barrier to market acceptance of wireless devices. Unfortunately, foreseeable improvements in laptops, cellular phone and PDA displays simply cannot provide a VGA resolution desktop Internet experience while remaining small in size!
The ideal solution is a wireless handheld device that can offer desktop quality graphics. That solution is the ICE Communicator. The ICE Communicator overcomes the fundamental problems of small low-resolution displays and the weight and size of a laptop, making it the ideal solution for the mobile computing market.
In addition to the 17-inch virtual VGA display, ICE Communicators address many of the other limitations of existing wireless Internet access devices. The ICE needs little technical knowledge to operate as it virtually mirrors the user’s desktop experience. The OptiNAV user interface allows for navigation with exacting single-handed mouse control. Its open architecture and upgradeable platform with multiple expansion slots, is designed so that new hardware peripherals (i.e. cameras, scanners, wireless modems) can be easily installed. New applications for the ICE can be installed through its docking cradle, a Bluetooth connection, or over the Internet. The ICE also comes with an integrated QWERTY keyboard, so users don’t have to rely on stylus inputs, virtual keyboards and consistently poor handwriting recognition technologies. And finally because the ICE is Windows based and offers standard Internet compliance with its’ full VGA support, the IT costs of supporting and developing mobile applications with the ICE is a fraction of the cost of most alternative solutions.