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.