Thursday, February 28, 2008


I found this really cool gadget called a Chumby. "What the heck is a Chumby?" you might ask. Well, here's what it does:

  • Catch the latest news headlines, sports, weather, stock prices.
  • Play iPod® mp3 and m4a files through built in speakers. Charge it too. (Not currently compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or 6th generation iPods.)
  • Enjoy your Flickr and Facebook photos as a digital picture frame.
  • Stay updated on new Netflix releases or view your movie queue.
  • Make and share e-greetings, photo mash-ups, goofy animations.
  • Wake up to the multi-tone alarm clock.
  • Track any eBay auction or Craigslist items.
  • Monitor incoming email on any POP3 account.
These are the specs:
  • 3.5" LCD color touchscreen
  • Two external USB 2.0 full-speed ports
  • 350 MHz ARM processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • 64 MB NAND flash ROM
  • Stereo 2W speakers
  • Headphone output
  • Squeeze sensor
  • Accelerometer (motion sensor)
  • Leather casing
  • AC adapter included
  • Wi-fi connectivity
  • Access to the free Chumby Network
  • Over-the-air software updates
Sounds cool huh? Chumby uses things called "widgets" to do all the things mentioned above. You can customize which widgets you want and don't want from the Chumby site. Currently there are over 400 different widgets including clocks, games, shopping, sports, photos, and much more. Chumby is open source which means anyone that knows Flash can make their own widgets and put them on the chumby site. Chumby comes in three different colors: latte, basic black, and pearl. Chumby retails for $179.95. For more information or to buy a Chumby go to the Chumby site. I don't know about you but I want one!

Here's a video of it:

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