We don’t often cover much non-mobile tech, but I had to make an exception for the new Chumby One. Besides, the device now has a rechargable battery option, so theoretically, you could take it on the run — for an hour. ;) The Chumby folks asked if I’d like to take a loaner unit for a spin, so I said sure. I was surprised to see the device show up this morning though — the new Chumby One doesn’t actually ship for another two weeks or so. You can pre-order one now at the new lower price of $99.
Like the original Chumby, the new device runs widgets, widgets and more widgets. These range from Twitter and Facebook to CBS Sports, Late Night with David Letterman and more. Using built in Wi-Fi, Chumby One is constantly connected to the web, where it can pull down info to its 3.5″ color touchscreen. There’s a built-in speaker, USB port, headphone jack and power port, plus a control knob and snooze-like control button on the top.
Right now my desktop is cluttered with bits of the Internet, which is why I wanted to see the Chumby One. I’m curious how much data and entertainment I can offload from my main workspace onto a widget-based device like the Chumby. I’ll use the li’l fella for a days and then report back on my findings. For now, here’s a quick look at the Chumby One that arrived today followed by a full list of the specs.
- 3.5″ LCD color touchscreen
- Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery (not included); about one hour on a full charge
- 4″ wide x 4″ tall x 3.5″ deep
- 1 USB 2.0 high-speed port
- 454 MHz ARM processor
- 64 MB DDR SDRAM
- 2 GB internal microSD card
- 2W mono speaker
- Stereo headphone output
- Volume knob
- FM radio tuner
- Accelerometer (motion sensor)
- ABS plastic housing
- AC adapter included
- Wi-fi connectivity (802.11 b/g)
- USB ethernet compatible
- Dimmable backlight
- One-click control panel access
- Access to free chumby content
- Over-the-air software updates