The Chumby is a compact device about the size of a GPS that allows you to access the internet using your wireless internet connection. Instead of lugging around your laptop or always searching for a public computer to access the Internet, you can just toss this little baby in your bag or in your purse and go.
My first thought when reading about this neat little gadget was, “cool idea, but what’s the cost?” They boast that the cost is less than $200.00 which is a great deal, especially since it includes FREE access to the Chumby Network. No subscriptions, no plans, it’s all paid for by Chumby and sponsors who send you widgets to use.
The only downside that I see for this neat little gadget is that you always have to have AC power. The reason for this is because it’s always on; no sleep mode. Luckily they say it takes less than 30 seconds to power up if it shuts down for any reason.
They say that “the Chumby is “open” for tinkering in every way: hardware and software specifications are available online, plus the pattern for crafting new cases.”
I’ll be checking one of these out just as soon as it’s available for me to purchase.