Tempted By The Chumby

My ChumbyI’ve been very intrigued by the Chumby since it was first announced/privately released at FOO Camp back in 2006. I signed up then to be notified when it would be available to the general public. Since then there has been bits and pieces of information released as to the device and the features/functionality it would have.

For those of you that haven’t heard of the Chumby (and I’m guessing that is the majority of people out there ~ other than the “nerd” set), it’s basically an “internet viewer” in a bean bag. Doesn’t sound interesting yet, does it? Wait, it gets better…

Basically, the Chumby is whatever you want it to be. It can be an alarm clock. It can be a digital picture frame. It can notify you when you get new email or even Twitter messages. Here’s all of the info about the device. It connects to the Internet through wifi and is able to display custom developed widgets that can be developed by anyone (that has some programing skills under their belt). It also is completely open-source and the company promotes the hacking of the device (hardware, software and even the leather case).

Anyways, I got an email from Chumby the other day that gave me a password to order one since I was a registered insider. There’s something in my blood about being an early adopter and tinkering around with the unknown so after thinking about it for a day or so, I couldn’t resist and ordered the Latte Chumby.

The above is actually displaying a series of widgets that I set up (and will display once the actual Chumby lands at our house) an example of what is on My Chumby. You don’t have to have one to play around with the widgets. Fun stuff! :)

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4 Responses to “Tempted By The Chumby”

  1. David Says:

    So, what’s that Chumby going to do to your Carbon Footprint?

  2. Dave Bost Says:

    So when can I expect you to give a talk at the local MS office on how to program the Chumby?

    Btw… I just added myself to the “Notify Me” list. Hopefully I’ll receive instuctions soon on how to order this adorable device.

  3. mike Says:

    @David – I think I’m gonna be ok for now. Maybe eat some extra granola and we should be all set…

    @Dave Bost – I totally would love to do that. The only thing is that we need to figure out how to get Silverlight running on it. The native format for widgets is Flash Lite.

    I’m really looking forward to tinkering with this… :)

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