Will Cute Factor Be Enough for Chumby?

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| Chumby Industries recently raised $12.5 million in a second round of venture
| funding. JK&B Capital of Chicago led the round, with existing investors
| Avalon Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
| also contributing. Tomlin is a partner in San Diego-based Avalon Ventures.
| [...]
| "The device itself is a very good idea," Gaw said. "And I think it's a very
| good application and implementation they've got. It's certainly in the
| direction that the rest of the industry is going in general, having
| intelligent devices in the home that connect directly to the Internet."



Ubuntu founder predicts Linux dominance in devices

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| Led by embedded consumer electronics device deployments, Linux is on "a
| trajectory to be the emerging platform of choice," says Mark Shuttleworth in
| an interview. The Canonical founder discusses plans for a user-friendly
| version of the popular Ubuntu desktop OS just for mobile and embedded
| devices, among other topics. * *


Debian Linux powers science education device

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| An education supplies company has announced a portable science education
| computer that runs embedded Debian Linux. Pasco says it designed its
| sensor-equipped Spark Science Learning System for collaborative science
| experiments by students, for example measuring cond * uctivity or tracking
| temperature changes. * *


Programmers, DIY Types Embrace Soft, Hackable Chumby

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| "The key part of the Chumby's appeal is that it's an embedded-hardware device
| that's open," says Andrew Walton, a seasoned Linux programmer and Chumby
| software hacker who moderates his own Chumby-hacking forum. "Everyone's used
| to open source software, but with open source hardware it's a whole new game.
| When you combine them both, Chumby hackers can literally do anything they
| want." * * *


Chumby Redux

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| Now that George is right about where I want him, I've started to think that
| maybe it's time to add a second Chumby to the family. The problem that I'm
| having more and more with George lately is that he is so useful at what he
| does I don't want to clutter him up with other things, or move him somewhere
| else, or experiment with him. In fact, if I tried to do any of those things,
| I would probably get in trouble with the rest of the family. He belongs in
| the kitchen doing what he is currently doing. His experimental days are
| basically over. * * *
| I'd like to set up the new Chumby as an office assistant that lives next to
| my computer. Something I can use as a photo viewer, a news/weather/sports
| reader, a webcam viewer, and to just experiment with. *
| I think I'll call her Gracie.


Chumby maker nets cutest Series B round ever

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| Chumby Industries, manufacturer of the eponymous huggable touch-screen Wi-Fi
| widget gadget, announced Monday that it has raised $12.5 million in Series B
| venture funding. The lead investor in the round was JK&B Capital, but
| existing investors Avalon Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners, and O'Reilly
| AlphaTech Ventures also contributed. * *


Chumby offers widgets of fun and data in miniature

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| At its core, the Chumby is a tiny Linux-based computer stuffed into a soft,
| leather-like case that resembles a beanbag. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to the
| Internet, from which it downloads widgets that deliver specific bits of
| information to its 3.5-inch touchscreen. *



Linux-based programmable clock radio arrives

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| The Linux-based Chumby started shipping in limited quantities in November.
| Designed for the bedside, desktop, and kitchen counter, the alarm-clock sized
| Chumby boasts hackable, open source hardware, software, and "outerware"
| (patterns are available for those wishing to dress their chumby in new
| jackets). * *


The Chumby: Fun, Hackable and full of Potential

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| All in all I give the Chumby a big thumbs up. It's fun to use and easy to
| hack so it's perfectly suited to satisfy your inner geek. It's also useful
| and cheap enough that you can convince your non-geek Significant Other to buy
| you one. If the community comes through with a decent package repository and
| tools, I see lots of potential besides just playing Flash widgets. I just
| hope that they can fix the touchscreen's responsiveness when using your
| finger instead of a stylus or the tip of your nail. * * *


Review: Chumby

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| So far it’s a nice piece of gadgetry to have around. I’ve been enjoying
| letting it auto-cycle through a bunch of channels including Woot!, Google
| News, and others, and occasionally I lookup to see what the Panda at the zoo
| is doing, which is always fun. I also find myself occasionally playing one of
| the many Flash-lite based games around, so it’s a key tool for any
| procrastinator. I could also imagine using it as a reminder tool or alarm
| clock and even having it cycle through my pictures on Picasa. The
| possibilities are definitely endless. * * *


Linux gadget to replace the clock radio?

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| Chumby, a venture-backed San Diego startup, is readying a
| soft, leather-covered Linux-powered gadget conceived as an
| *Internet-era replacement for clock and table radios.
| Expected to ship in "early summer," pending FCC approval,
| the "Chumby" device features open, hackable hardware,
| software, and yes, "outerware" APIs.