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Kit Connects Palms to LAN, Net

A developer kit for creating applications that turn Palm-based devices into wireless LAN and Net-connected tablet-like devices is available from development firm SimpleDevices, the company said Wednesday.

The idea is to turn Palm V handhelds into devices that can easily access the Net from the home or LAN-based enterprise data within companies. The company said the SimplePad kit is aimed at application developers and information technology (IT) managers in corporations.

SimplePad can be developed into a "sled" that attaches to Palm V devices. That, in turn, enables the handheld to access the Web wirelessly. The device works with the company's SimpleServe network management application, although it also can work as a standalone device.

The development kit includes a SimplePad unit, a Palm Vx handheld pre-loaded with the development software, wireless networking capabilities and the SimplePad software developers kit and application.

Developers can pre-order a SimplePad Development Kit from SimpleDevices' Web site. The company provided no pricing information.