QNX Software Systems Ltd. and Espial Group Inc. are planning a marketing alliance that will allow them to provide consumer appliance manufacturers with a PersonalJava solution for set-top boxes, Web phones, PDAs, hand-held computers, and a variety of other net devices.
The Java-based solution includes a suite of visual design tools, user interface components, platform products, product APIs, PIM capabilities, and Internet applications, including Espial Escape, currently the world’s smallest full-featured PersonalJava Web browser.
Espial applications are small and memory-efficient, and are designed to handle the myriad of visual displays and input devices typical of information appliances. Applications include Espial Escape, a full-featured Web browser with a footprint of less than 175K; Ebox, the e-mail client; and Espial Assistant, a complete PIM with an address book, calendar and an appointment manager.
Appliance manufacturers have total control over their device’s look and feel, since Espial provides:
- Kalos Espresso – A 100% Pure Java certified toolkit with a small memory footprint and support for diverse visual displays
- Kalos Architect – A layout-based user interface builder for consumer devices; features include onscreen consumer-device layering, JDK1.1 and PersonalJava-compliant code generation and synchronization, portable user-interface file formats for easier collaborative development, and support for creating applets, applications, and reusable components