Items tagged with Chumby

Remember the Sony Dash? We wouldn't blame you if it has slipped your mind, but Sony's keeping it alive and kicking, and it's giving people a reason for taking a second look if you've overlooked it in the past. The company has introduced two new models (the HID-B7 and HID-B70), which offers enhanced real-time, customizable, information delivery, and the addition of a basic Internet browser. For portability, the HID-B70 Dash model now features a built-in lithium ion battery, so the device can be easily transported from room to room. It is also available in three colors: Brown, slate blue and orange.... Read more...
Remember Chumby? Of course! These guys are back with a new platform and device, and while it doesn't look too different than the Chumby displays that we have seen in the past, the new Chumby 8 is both bigger and "better." This new one has an 8" LCD touch panel, complete with over 1500 free applications and a personalized stream of your favorite apps in addition to serving as a digital photo frame and music player. It doesn't work much differently than the Chumby of the past, but the 8 provides a new industrial design (available in black or red), an 800x600 resolution panel, two USB ports, an CF/SD... Read more...
Ah, the Sony Dash. It was an interesting device from the start, but the main complaint we heard with it was the inability to take it anywhere. It's a widget-centric device that displays lots of useful information on the screen that you can digest at a glance. But it requires an AC power connection, so it's only as good as your tether. If it's in your bedroom, you can't use it in your den, or vice-versa. It's a great concept, but too limited by a lack of a battery. Sony has clearly realized that, and it now making things right. The company has just introduced two new Dash products, with one being... Read more...
It's still too early to tell whether these types of information displays are going to be a hit in the mainstream, but with Sony entering with the Dash, there's at least a slight chance. Chumby Industries has been creating these types of displays, which are basically a digital photo frame but with web connectivity and access to a number of widgets. These displays are used to easily check the weather, check e-mail and browser photos, video and music. Insignia, which is Best Buy's brand of consumer electronics, has just introduced another option in this growing product segment: the 8" Infocast Internet... Read more...
It may seem an odd way to write news about a product, but before we talk about the Sony Dash, we're going to talk about the Chumby. A Chumby is a bit of consumer electronics designed to run a variety of widgets that can do...well...just about anything. The entire project has been open-source from the beginning, and the touchscreen device is capable of functioning as an alarm clock, digital picture frame, streaming Internet radio, displaying RSS feeds, and any number of other options. An entire development effort has sprung up around the device; there are currently more than 1500 widgets/applications... Read more...