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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