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Spyglass (2) - sees Mosaic in name-brand devices

The practical means to such a proliferation of devices will be a set of Mosaic server and client technologies that enable very small-footprint clients and crunch data to make it suitable for small LCDs, text terminals and so on.

"Netscape and Microsoft are focused on desktop devices with lots of memory and mass storage capabilities," Harris-Evans says. "Our technology is as thin as possible at the client end and is targeted at areas where the device and the pricing model won't support high hardware demands. Microsoft is not in the customisable space and [Netscape spin-off] Navio has only recently begun. The Navigator code Navio is based on is very large so its first impression is likely to be in devices with processing power like NCs. We have three and a half years of development in embedded technology and there will be a lot of announcements."

Devices based on Mosaic that are already available in the US include Infogear's Web-enabled telephone with 640 x 480 screen for directory look-ups and receiving newsfeeds, and the much-hyped WebTV. Mitsubishi will shortly show off its Diamondline Web-connected TVs that include Mosaic.

Harris-Evans will now chase top European brands such as Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens and Bosch as well as real-time operating system vendors to tie up similar licensing deals.

Spyglass can be contacted by telephone on 01753-831956.