Honeywell devises its own Internet appliance

The company, which makes automated controls, will sell a $995 wireless device for surfing the Net and handling email.

Honeywell International, better known for household-heating controls, says it will sell a wireless device for surfing the Net and handling email.

The device, the WebPad Internet Appliance, lets more than one person connect to the Web from as far as 150 feet away from a base station, which provides the Internet connection. The appliance will sell for $995.

Honeywell, based in Morristown, N.J., wants to tap a market for Internet appliances that it expects to reach $17.8 billion by the year 2004. The WebPad will accommodate other Honeywell products such as microwaves, refrigerators and the Home Controller Gateway, which controls a home's heating and security systems.

The company is the world's biggest maker of automated controls.

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