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Chumby: Who said widgets needed a full-blown PC?

The Chumby is a gadget with Wi-Fi connectivity and free access to a wide array of widgets on the Internet.

The Chumby is a gadget with Wi-Fi connectivity and free access to a wide array of widgets on the Internet. The pouch-shaped device runs on Linux, comes with a touchscreen, and has an open license for software and hardware tinkering.

Created by Chumby Industries, this product is intended to deliver widgets such as News, Animations, and Gossip in a customizable package.

The configuration of Chumby includes:

  • 350 MHz ARM9 Controller
  • 64 MB SDRAM
  • NAND flash ROM (64 MB)
  • 320×240 3.5 TFT touchscreen S
  • Stereo 2W speakers
  • Integrated microphone
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Integrated Wi-Fi

A review of the device (with pictures and video) showcases it as a device to stay connected 24/7.

The makers of the device tout it as a open device for hobbyists to tinker with and also to create their own custom devices on top. While there was a quite a debate in the forums concerning the "openness" of the platform, this device may be a hint that gadgets running off the Web are the next big wave.

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