Feb 2006 – Sofa ‘Pads’ and the Carrypad Name. (Thanks Pepperpad!)

Posted on 29 January 2010, Last updated on 29 January 2010 by

pepperpad1 How does this sound?

  • ARM CPU at 600Mhz
  • 256MB RAM
  • Tailored Linux-based, finger-driven OS
  • 8.5 inch touchscreen
  • 20GB storage
  • 2lb weight.

It’s the specs of the original, 2005, Pepperpad and a hat-tip goes to Len Kawell who was way ahead of the game in this space. In this interview he’s talking about how the Pepperpad is tailored for web applications, home usage, kicking back and checking facebook with a tailored ipadlegsuser interface. ‘An alternative to a laptop for couch computing.’ It took four years until someone, Apple, came along to focus solely on the same market again.

Sofa, bed and car were usage scenarios I highlighted in my first weeks postings at Carrypad and from that, I chose the name Carrypad. (The first 5 or 6 posts on Carrypad were written weeks before I got round to setting up a blog.)

There’s the third device requirement popping out now – Sofa, Bed, Car.
I tell you – this is mini-tablet/micro laptop territory. The product group with no definition. We need a new definition here:

sofapod, stylepod, stylepad, lifepad, lifepod, midipod, midipad, intermidi. Mmm. Those names are all to obvious.
Lets try Carrypad. Yeah we’ll call it the carry-pad.


I’m so happy to see Apple moving into this space. It’s been too quiet for too long so lets hope that the OEMs and designers feel confidence from the iPad and lets hope that the market breaks out with new form factors, prices, operating systems and features. This is ‘personal’ computing space and the more designs we see here, the more customers will be happy.

The original Carrypad ‘journal’ started here.

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  1. Zeuxidamas says:

    agreed…I would add that some stalwart group of us hope that these devices support some degree of productivity (decent VKBs, an app that will at least save a file in some text format for blogging, allows access to image files and import into those docs, can “see” network drives and access them, and allows hosting of USB devices).

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