Chumby Industries has been making this nightstand gadget for quite some time now and yet it never got serious attention. Even so, the company just released the latest in their lineup, the Chumby8.
The Chumby8 sticks to the company philosophy of suffering from a serious problem, it’s a gadget that you don’t really want. It seems nice and everything but it doesn’t have the appeal that hooks early adopters as if it’s heroin.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the Chumby8 is a gadgety replacement for the good old traditional alarm clock. It’s another product that turns an ordinary object into a computer.
Sporting a very ingenious naming process, the Chumby8 has an 8 inch LCD touchscreen. The resolution of the Chumby8 is 800×400 and I’m not sure what my nightstand clock can match but it’s definitely less.
The rest of the specifications of this gadget is pretty impressive, especially since there’s two USB ports, CF and SD slots and connectivity to everything you want.
I don’t mean the Chumby8 can give you Bluetooth, HSDPA and WiFi or everything else, but using its applications you can get a whole lot more.
There are over 1.500 free applications, over 10.000 internet radio and podcast stations with even more to come around.
The Chumby8 also promises improved user interface, one which can allow you to manage the apps directly from the gadget as opposed to using various 3rd party devices.
You know what, even though my alarm clock needs are well met by my phone, as is the whole task scheduler part, the Chumby8 seems to be really attractive right now.
I must be going completely crazy since I’m offering a rambling idea and then I want it myself. I’m just starting to understand the poitn of the Chumby8.