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An avid development community has actually managed to keep the Chumby platform alive even after Chumby Industries went bust last year. In spite of having no clear path forward in the time because, Chumby users haven’t yet abandoned the business’s line of equipment: over 40,000 gadgets continue to be in “energetic use” according to stats published on the Chumby online forums late last week. However now it appears the money required to keep the open source project going could possibly quickly dry up. After Chumby the business went under, financing has been passed in between the Chumby estate, an assignee for the possessions, and most lately “a company that does not wish to be determined,” according to the post. However that’s set to end in February, with monthly repayments that total between $ 4,000 and $ 5,000 …
“The site is closed temporarily.” Never a good sign, indeed, and particularly not when it’s plastered across Chumby‘s own webstore. For over two days now, that’s the message given to anyone attempting to buy hardware from the company, and it looks as if the Chumby we knew may be counting down its final days. A scrappy upstart attempting to bring its Chumby OS to the masses via injections into larger OEMs, the outfit saw little to no uptake across a wide variety of products; Sony nixed the Dash earlier this year, and Insignia turned its back quite some time ago. To be fair, Chumby had stopped manufacturing its own branded hardware in 2011, with the outfit’s Duane Maxwell confirming the outright death of Chumby’s store in a forum posting today. According to him, there was “no point in keeping the store around once inventory was exhausted,” though hardcore loyalists can still snag a NeTV from adafruit.
Other forum members have noted that all support emails now seem to be headed into the Great Beyond, and while the actual network that Chumby OS relies on remains alive at the moment, there’s no guarantee it’ll last. Interestingly, at least two individuals instrumental in the building of Chumby are now working at Media Navi — both Alison Fay and Michael Coleman have moved Chumby-related job listings to “Past” in their LinkedIn profiles. We’ll be reporting more as we get it, but in the meanwhile, we’d recommend giving your favorite Chum a warm hug. His / her heart may not be beating for too much longer.
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The FunBox is a bedside alarm clock but it’s also a widget-running Chumby, which means it’ll let you check your twitter feeds, load up a track on Pandora or do other inappropriately stimulating activities right before catching some Zs. The device has just passed through the FCC and its paperwork reveals a 3.5-inch (possibly resistive) touch screen, a 454MHz processor, 1GB DDR memory, SD card slot and a USB port for an external drive. We couldn’t tell you price or availability at this stage, but with top smartphones increasingly coming with night dock accessories the FunBox is hardly likely to find a guaranteed perch beside our pillow.
Remember Chumby, the huggable, widget-powered alarm clock that everyone wanted but just couldn’t figure out what to do with? Well it’s back and it wants to mate with your TV. The NeTV is a Chumby that sits inline with your TV and powers a Webkit browser and RSS/social media feed right on your screen. The device is powered by a small remote or an Android phone and it works with most Android photo apps.
The tiny device runs an 800MHz CPU and it connects to your network via Wi-Fi. The open source device is under development right now (availability is up in the air) but it really points to some interesting work being done on a device that, at least in terms of hype, has fallen into a trough of interest.
HD-resolution (480p, 720p & 1080p24 “True Cinema”) support
Compatible with most HD video sources
800 MHz Marvell CPU
Power via micro USB
Easy to use 7-button IR remote
You can watch a video of the device here and we’ll let you know when it’s available.
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Everyone’s favorite extra screen/robot/app platform, Chumby, is back for another round. They showed off their new model at CES (where we interviewed them) but there was no sign of pricing or availability. No longer! The Chumby 8 (named for its 8-inch screen) will ship on April 5th, and you can pre-order starting tomorrow (the 23rd) for $ 199. Good deal? You be the judge.
The Chumby platform is a weird one, to be sure, but there are a ton of Flash Lite apps that should run just fine on the new hardware, and the 8″ 800×600 touchscreen is really quite practical for on-desk use. Plus there’s a full web browser. Although I have to say I’m sorry to see that their weird design has given way to something more anonymous (but practical).
It’s got an 800MHz Marvell CPU in there, 128MB of RAM, a mic, speakers, headphone out, and has SD and CF storage. Not nearly as powerful as today’s tablets, but if you’re looking for something stationary and quirky, it could be for you.
Here’s the full press release, which explains it better than I can, really:
Bigger and Better
Next gen chumby arrives April 5 for $ 199, pre-orders begin today
San Diego, CA â€” March 23, 2011 â€” chumby industries today announced the release
of the chumby8, the much-anticipated next generation chumby device. Officially
launching on April 5, the chumby8 is priced at $ 199 and available today for pre-orders
at chumby.com/store. With a sleek new design, an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, enhanced
features, and over 1,500 free apps, the chumby8 delivers a personalized stream of your
favorite apps in addition to serving as a digital photo frame and music player.
â€œThe chumby8 truly marks an evolution of the chumby device and software platform,
creating a more personalized and user-friendly Internet streaming device that
will complete any connected home or officeâ€ said Derrick Oien, CEO of chumby
industries. â€œWe’ve taken the time over the past year to listen to chumby fans and owners
and incorporate their feedback into the new chumby8 and created a great multi-purpose
connected device capable of tailoring to all.”
New features of the chumby8 include:
New, modern industrial design available in black and red. Customized skins
available from Skinit
8-inch 800Ã—600 touchscreen LCD
Two USB ports, CF and SD slots make it possible to upload pictures, music and
other personal media of your choosing turning your chumby8 into a personalized
digital photo frame and music player
New web browser support, allows you to access links within apps
Revamped UI and streamlined navigation allows you to manage apps and
channels directly from the device. The chumby8 comes preloaded with ready-to-
play themed channels showcasing the best chumby apps in entertainment, news,
humor, games, kids, sports and more
Updates to share features make it easier to send photos, videos and apps to
friends and family
Robust Internet radio offers over 10,000 internet radio and podcast stations,
including Napster, Pandora, SHOUTcast, iheartradio, Mediafly, New York Times
and CBS, with more to come.
Full alarm system allows you to wake up to your favorite music stations and apps
Task scheduler allows you to perform a routine task on your device like entering
night mode at a certain time or playing music.
Flash Lite 4 update to support AS3 coming soon
The chumby8 has access to over 1,500 free applicationsâ€” ranging from music and
social networking sites, news and entertainment gossip, to video clips and sports scores.
Content is available from well-known media sites including: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter,
MTV Networks, Groupon, People.com and many others. Users can monitor their social
networks, view and share their photos from sites like Flickr and Photobucket, watch
sports clips, play games, or choose from a multitude of clock applications to display on
the touchscreen device.
About chumby industries
chumby industries, based in San Diego, California, is a software company that works
with consumer electronics OEMs to bring a rich and personalized Internet experience
to a multitude of connected products, ranging from devices as simple as clock radios
to high-definition televisions. The open chumby platform enables developers to easily
create Flash content for chumby-powered devices resulting in a constantly growing
catalog of more than 1,500 applications. For more information visit chumby.com or follow
us on twitter @chumby.
Chumby isn’t just taking its platform to dedicated devices from other manufacturers, it’s also moving to software — a strategy that right out of Amazon’s playbook now that Kindle is available on just about every computer and handheld under the sun. The company’s new Android app simply connects to your Chumby account and lets you view and use the same Flash-based apps that you would on any other Chumby device, a testament to the fact that pretty much every Android handset hitting the market these days comes Flash-capable out of the box. Chumby says that the app works best for tablets and docked devices — which makes sense when you think of how you’d use a Sony Dash or Chumby One — and conveniently, you can set it to automatically show up as a screen saver whenever your phone is docked. Look for it in the Market right now for $ 4.99; follow the break for the full press release.
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…just haven't implemented it well. The weird proprietary software is the biggest drawback. If it ran android it would sell millions. That said, if the price went down, I'd really consider it as is.
gdgt – new in gadgets
chumby takes your favorite parts of the internet and delivers them to you in a friendly, always-on, always-fresh format. It’s is a window into your internet life that lives outside your desktop, so content like weather, news, celebrity gossip, podcasts, music, and more has a place to play away from your world of documents and spreadsheets. Just plug in your chumby, connect to your wireless network, and use your computer to create a lineup of favorites from over 1,500 apps in more than 30…
Props to gdgt – new in gadgets