The company is selling the litl as the no-fuss way to get online at home. It reminds me of the olpc more than anything I’ve seen:
- “practically sunlight readable” screen
- explicitly social (more below)
- has a handle
- converts to an easel
- its own new, linux-based Litl OS
- keyboard changes and simplification: “We’ve eliminated the inscrutable function keys and buttons with weird symbols. We also took out the cap locks key, which everyone uses only by mistake.” They’ve also added a ‘Litl button’ to get back to the home screen.
- everything is always full screen2
- 3 pounds
- sturdy: only moving part is a small fan
It’s also something of an ambient information device, with focus on viewing rather than typing, and ‘distracted interaction’.
Like the chumby, litl is
- invites others to build widgets
- advertises itself as a clock
- has channels (which can be synced with the other lidls)
- unusual navigation (in litl’s case: a roller-wheel and remote control)
- has upgraded packaging
Litl has a strong social media presence. For instance, they advertise their minimalist packaging with a company-made unboxing video:
In place of a desktop, the Webbook has a home screen that displays up to 12 boxes that Chuang calls “Web cards.” Some represent Web pages, others represent RSS feeds, and still others represent widgets or “channels” that are the Webbook’s closest thing to native applications—for example, there’s an egg timer widget for use in the kitchen and a Weather Channel widget that shows the temperature outdoors.
The litl is explicitly social: “By linking multiple litls, you can synchronize channels automatically.”
A ‘share’ button also pushes the current content to another Litl.
- synch multiple litls (whole machine or only certain channels)
- pulls in images (e.g. from flickr and Shutterfly)
- TV-integration: “What if we could combine the limitless amount of content on the web with the ‘lean back’ experience of the TV?”
- HDMI port
- has an optional remote control