has announced its Ipad (Internet Personal Access Device), a single-purpose
Internet terminal, priced at $399. The Ipad is sold with complementary
Internet access and online service from Netpliance. The device and service
will be sold directly to families through cable and television commercials,
and it will come in different versions for each member of the family, the
company said. The new offering is part of an overall industry trend of
packaging simple devices and scaled-down PCs with low-cost Internet
services for consumers.