I worked for the company that Netpliance became. I had an old Netpliance i-Opener on my desk as a decoration. I know personally four of the authors of this.
Good times. Really brings back memories.
Also: I’m old.
A good idea and we sort of got there, didn’t we? Most people don’t “configure” their phones in any meaningful sense. I certainly do 75% of my browsing and 95% of my communication on mine.
This reminds me of WebTV my house had at one point. It was just a few applications on a home screen plugged into a TV with a keyboard for navigation.