|Manufacturer||First International Computer|
|Release date||November 9, 2009|
|Operating system||litl OS|
|CPU||1.86 GHz Atom Z540|
The litl webbook (a.k.a. litl easel) is a webbook developed, marketed and sold by litl LLC. It features the ability to stand upright in an inverted-V position (referred to as "easel mode") and a cloud-based operating system called litl OS. It has been described as the "world's first" true cloud-based netbook.
Litl's CEO John Chuang, also co-founder of Aquent, has said that the origins of the litl webbook lay in his observation that while his family was increasingly using web applications, their home computer was based on pre-web thinking: “I have kids from 5 to 13 years old. My 13-year-old has never installed software in her life. Everything she uses is a Web app. Yet she’s using a technology that was completely not designed for that. I thought that was a mismatch.”
“We knew that to really meet the needs of home users – from kids to parents and grandparents – we needed to design an entirely new system that would make the web engaging, entertaining and fun."
User interface philosophy
The litl OS interface removes a number of conventional elements of general purpose desktop environments. "Litl eliminates menus, icons, and folders. In fact, we've removed all computer administrative debris between you and the web". Litl state that a set of principles were developed to guide the design of the interface, including: "We used a simple rule: Any computer task that had the word "management" next to it had to be eliminated. File management. Gone. Windows management. Gone.".
User interface structure
Litl OS's user interface utilizes graphic elements called "cards" to organize browsing sessions and content instead of the tabs and menus found on conventional desktops:
Flicking through cards in Easel mode (when the screen is flipped back on itself causing the webbook to be in an A-frame position) is done using a blue-colored click-wheel (called the "litl wheel") on the litl webbook or remote control.
The interfaces to some web content are also customized by litl or third parties to integrate with Litl OS and are referred to as litl channels. (Litl OS's optional display method for RSS feeds is also referred to as a "litl channel"). Customizations and settings are minimal in keeping with the design goals of simplicity and ease of use.
User interface concepts were first mapped out by Pentagram working closely with litl. Personas and detailed interaction design were by Cooper Consulting in consultation with litl's internal design team. Fort Franklin also contributed to some design elements.
|Model||Nov 2009 |
||November 4, 2009|
|Display||Matte 12.1 inch AFFS LCD WXGA display (1280x800) with LED backlighting and a 178° field of view |
|Front side bus||533 MHz|
|Processor||1.86 GHz Intel AtomTM Z540 Processor (512KB L2 Cache)|
|Memory||1GB 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM|
|Graphics||Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500|
|Storage||Local: Compact Flash 2 GB SLC local cache
Internet: main storage is provided on the web by Amazon S3 accessed via a custom web service running on Google's App Engine with the Django framework.
|Ports||HDMI (Type A)
USB 2.0 (1)
Audio jack (1 line out)
AC adapter connector
|Battery||3 cell 28WHr Lithium Ion Battery|
|Camera||Built in 300kP, 640x480 VGA webcam|
|Wireless||802.11 b/g PIFA/Gain: 0.67 dBi
2 Internal IR receivers compatible with litl remote
|AC||120-240V AC; DC 20V @ 2A|
|Weight||3.38 lb (1.53 kg)|
|Dimensions||1.06 in × 12.6 in × 9.25 in (27 mm × 320 mm × 235 mm)|
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- FCC filing
- Litl OS
- FCC: OET Exhibits List
- Internal photographs (PDF)
- External photographs (PDF)
- Dec 31, 2008 - engadget: FIC's 10.4-inch CW001 Mini-note splashes down in FCC database
- Oct 28, 2009 - engadget: Litl Easel 'web computer' is cute as a baby-blue button
- First thoughts on litl's Easel