The Chumby, a Wi-Fi connected internet device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen that features widgets and internet radio among its quirky features list, is now available in the UK, after proving popular in the US.
According to the Chumby website, a Chumby is little bigger than a coffee cup, has motion sensors, and ‘provides people with a fun, hassle-free way to enjoy what they want most out of the Internet at a glance and listen to thousands of streaming Internet radio stations’.
The Chumby site claims that there are over 1,200 widgets and tens of thousands of streaming Internet radio stations and podcasts available on a Chumby. Listings include CBS TV programmes, The Weather Channel, and over 20,000 free online radio stations via SHOUTcast.
UK Chumby widgets
UK Chumby users will benefit from specific UK widgets, ‘including news, sports and weather from the BBC, football scores, local webcams, iconic TV clocks, a Big Ben clock, UK train times and tube status, and the popular Keep Calm and Carry On motivational posters’.
Stephen Tomlin, founder and CEO of Chumby said: ‘The richness and diversity of information on the Web has become critical to our everyday lives, so it becomes more important than ever to stay connected to our ‘Internet life’ and be able to access a wealth of information simply at a glance.
‘The powerful combination of the free content on Chumby and the open and always-on device creates a compelling offering to consumers to easily create, view and share what matters to them most from the Web without the need to boot up and browse on a PC.’
Social networking on a Chumby
Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘A Chumby widget is available for all the major social networking websites including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, YouTube, and eBay, so for some people a Chumby could be all they need to access the web.
‘When you add in games, videos, internet radio, podcasts and that it’s one of the most versatile alarm clocks ever made, Chumbys could take the UK by storm.’
Which? has reviews of the best broadband providers and Best Buy Wi-Fi routers that you’ll need to setup a Chumby. If you’re looking for an internet or DAB radio, then read expert reviews of over 70 radios.
Chumbys are about 13cm wide, 10cm tall and 8cm deep, and you can buy Chumbys online in a variety of colours for $199.95 (about £137).
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