The deal comes less than two weeks after Spyglass struck a similar pact with Bandai Digital Entertainment to provide a custom browser for Pippin, a product that provides Internet access via television. Similar licensing deals are expected by year's end as the company aggressively taps this growing market, company sources said.
"Spyglass envisions accessing the Web from within all kinds of products, services, or devices that people are familiar with and use in their everyday lives," Spyglass CEO Douglas Colbeth said. The agreement announced today is a prime example, he added.
This fast-growing market also is helping Spyglass make a comeback in the Web software business, although Microsoft and Netscape Communications, through its a newly formed affiliate Navio, are hot on its heels. The deal with Integrated Systems is not exclusive.
The licensing pact may be expanded to other applications as well, according to Steve Houtchens, director of new technology for Integrated Systems. For example, a car navigation system that runs on ISI's so-called pSOS developers also could use Spyglass's Web software to make the interface simpler and more user-friendly, he said.