(I got my invite today to buy a Chumby, but apparently they don’t do shipping outside the US.)
Here’s an extract from the Wikipedia definition if you haven’t already heard about them:
Chumby is a consumer product created by Chumby Industries slated to go on sale in November of 2007. It is designed as an Open System, with schematics, PCB layouts and packaging/outerware designs available. The primary intended use for a Chumby device is to play a set of user-customizable widgets, small Adobe Flash animations that deliver real-time information. The animations also have the ability to control and interact with the low-level hardware, thereby enabling functionality such as smart alarm clocks that bring the hardware out of sleep, and physical user interface features such gesture recognition through squeezing the soft housing.
Some promotional information from the “insider launch” e-mail I received:
You’ll have fun with your chumby!
- Catch the latest news headlines, sports, weather, stock prices.
- Enjoy your Flickr and Facebook photos as a digital picture frame.
- Make and share e-greetings, photo mash-ups, goofy animations.
- Wake up to the multi-tone alarm clock.
- Play your iPod® through built in speakers. Charge it too.
- Track any eBay auction or craigslist items.
- Monitor incoming email on any POP3 account.
Your chumby comes with:
- Access to the free Chumby Network – your favorite info from the Net, always on
- Great selection of widgets and content (news, sports, weather, social networks, RSS, humor, …)
- 3.5″ LCD color touchscreen
- Wi-fi connectivity
- Two external USB 2.0 full-speed ports
- 350 Mhz ARM processor, 64 MB SDRAM, 64MB NAND flash ROM
- Stereo 2W speakers, headphone output
- Accelerometer (motion sensor)
- Leather case available in three colors: black, latte, and pearl