Daily Giz Wiz 120: 3COM Audrey

Episode 120 of the podcast

Subject: Review of 3COM Audrey
Released:Friday 4 August 2006
Length:about 10 minutes
Download file:dgw0120.mp3 (4.8 MB)

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Short info

From Dick's Gadget Warehouse: The Audrey, 3Com's wired appliance for those “who didn’t want a complicated computer.” Apparently no one wanted the Audrey either.

Detailed information

Link: Ideo

The 3Com Audrey was an internet-enabled appliance for the kitchen introduced in 2000, for email and web-surfing, for those who didn't want a complicated computer.  It came with a wireless keyboard.  You could also write a message with a stylus on the touch screen and send the handwritten note as a .gif attachment.  There was also a built-in microphone so you could record a message up to three minutes long and then send as a wav file.
It all sounded a bit too complicated for people who found computers too complicated.  It didn't take off (the cost was $499 for a start, and an ethernet adapter for broadband was an extra option), but there's a still a hacking site dedicated to it, at audreyhacking.com.


Dick and Leo come up with a new time unit for gadgets.  1 gadget-year is worth 25 human-years.

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