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Chumby – I’m strangely intrigued

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I’m strangely intrigued by the Chumby. I was recently reminded of it after reading David Pogue’s review. While I heard about it ages ago, it only recently has gone to regular production.

What is it? Well, it’s essentially a little screen with some speakers and other sensors. Most importantly it has a wireless internet connection so that it is always connected.

What does it do? Whatever you want it to, and a little bit of everything. There are a ton of little “widgets” that have been written for the Chumby. They apparently include alarm clocks, little games, live weather for anywhere in the world, your photos from Flickr, and a bunch more. You can even write your own if you’re so inclined.

It seems like a really neat thing to have on your desk or bedstand. I think you can even program it so that it shows different things at different times of the day. It would be AWESOME if it showed weather and the status of the London Tube lines in the morning and late afternoon. (I hate making my way to the station only to find out there are delays; right now I just have to remember to pay attention to the radio in the morning. Having a bit of warning makes the delays easier to deal with.) During the day it would be great to have a Flickr slide show on the desk.

Anyway, I don’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon, but it seems like a neat little gadget. It will be interesting to see how the company develops.

  • London Tube Status on the Chumby:

    http://www.chumby.com/guide/widget/London+Tube+

  • Cheers for that! Awesome!

  • josejose50

    Hey Jed,

    I actually own a chumby and use it as my alarm clock in the morning. It has some nice features where you can stream radio stations as your alarm clock music. Some of the widgets are great (I enjoy reading Fake Steve Jobs every night before going to bed), some are a little weak (the video ones in particular). The best part is though that you can change them pretty easily. Let me know if you decide to get one!

  • Cheers, Jose.

    I'll probably end up getting one one of these days. Thanks for the
    recommendation!

    Jed

  • Cheers, Jose.

    I'll probably end up getting one one of these days. Thanks for the
    recommendation!

    Jed