Since Dave Winer declared Chumby the next breakthrough device, there has been a small flood of people talking about how cool it is and how much they want one. The usual TechMeme effect, I guess.
I admit, it is a cute device. I have a black one, which I am hoping will work well as a picture frame for less-technically minded parents. It is certainly worth learning Flash for (Flash Lite actually), a decision I kept putting off.
For those just starting with Chumby, I have a list of interesting articles and videos people have already written about their experiences.
- Interview with Chumby’s founders on Intruders.tv (UK channel). I believe, the interview was taken a while ago, but it just came up. The second half of the interview has interesting technical details.
- Chumby as an ambient computer - presentation by Chris Hughes at BarCampLA4.
- Chumby as a sign of the future of Internet TV.
- New York Times’s blog article
- Chumbys as cultural probes (and another one)
- Possible role of a Chumby in a museum
Interesting technical articles and resources:
- Streaming bee. fm music directly from Chumby, while we all wait for the official Internet Radio support.
- Basic wireframe templates for screens development from Scott Janousek.
- Heated discussion on how open Chumby actually is.
There are many more articles and first experience videos around the web, but they very quickly start to repeat each other.