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Sony Dash preorders start: April 15th release [Video]

Sony's Dash was a surprise announcement at CES 2010 back in January, and the fattened-up Chumby has now gone up for preorder at the company's online store.  $199.99 gets you - on April 15th - a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi and a USB 2.0 port, along with compatibility with all of Chumby's widgets.  That means things like Netflix and YouTube, along with Facebook and media playback.

chumby sunfury touchscreen tablet spotted

chumby sunfury touchscreen tablet spotted

The problem (well, one of them) with CES is that, while this year's show was a little smaller than in previous years, there's still no way you can work your way around every corner of every booth, make every press conference and see everything on offer.  Happily chumby's incoming next-gen tablet was spotted by technabob, and they have all available details on the chumby sunfury too.

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Sony dash 7-inch internet tablet gets chumby webapps

Sony dash 7-inch internet tablet gets chumby webapps

Sony have raised a few eyebrows by announcing their own tablet at CES 2010, though they're describing it as a "personal internet viewer".  The Sony dash has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated stereo speakers and support for the 1,000+ of chumby applications already available online.  That means things like internet radio streaming, webcam viewing and basic games.

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Chumby One mod enables composite video output

Chumby One mod enables composite video output

After iFixit released the photoset of their Chumby One teardown, we knew the compact WiFi widget device had the potential - via circuit-board connections - for composite video output; now some enterprising modders have taken advantage of it.  The mod requires soldering an RCA extender cable to the appropriate places on the mainboard, and slightly modifying the Chumby's firmware.

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Chumby Tux: everyone needs a touchscreen penguin

Chumby Tux: everyone needs a touchscreen penguin

One day we'll stop posting Chumby case-mods, but nothing cheers up a cold Sunday like a touchscreen penguin.  Modder Ankorite took one of the Chumby guts kits from the MAKE store and squeezed it into a penguin Christmas toy, producing a battery-powered widget and internet radio Tux.

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Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Chumby One teardown: yep, it’s very hackable

Let this be a lesson, gadgets: no matter how cute you are, you'll still get the teardown treatment.  Notorious screwdriver-wielders iFixit have coaxed their latest device in front of the camera, and it's the Chumby One touchscreen WiFi radio/alarm clock/widget display.  The components themselves aren't too much of a mystery - after all, the Chumby team encourage such acts of hackery and modification - but there are still a few surprises lurking inside.

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Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display.  That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.

Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional.  The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.

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Chumby One gets unboxed, first-play

Chumby One gets unboxed, first-play

The original Chumby was a curious, beanbag-esque blob of WiFi connectedness and difficult-to-explain purpose; the new Chumby One, meanwhile, strips away the squishy exterior and drops the price.  Currently up for preorder at $99.95, one of the first Chumby One units has dropped onto the desk of jkOnTheRun's Kevin C. Tofel.

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chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up.  Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing.  There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.

chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.

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Chumby Looks to Be Getting Chummy With Broader Software Development

Chumby Looks to Be Getting Chummy With Broader Software Development

So, the Chumby came out awhile ago. It's this little box-like device that pulls information off the internet, like weather, news, and sports updates, and then displays them in Flash format in real-time. It was a pretty original idea, and while it may not have been the sharpest looking thing on the block, its functionality was close to making it worth it. Especially if you don't like alarm clocks, and can't afford the alternative. But, apparently the hardware wasn't the top of the pick for many, and so Chumby is moving over onto the software front, hoping to make a name for itself.

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Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby and Broadcom have announced a collaborative effort to put the formers widget platform on internet-connected TVs, using Broadcom-based set-top boxes, DTVs and Blu-ray players.  There are currently in excess of 1,000 widgets available for the Chumby, a compact touchscreen WiFi device, and these will now be accessible along the bottom of big-screens too.

 

Video demonstration after the cut

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Chumby to get new music features

Chumby to get new music features

Current owners of the cute-looking Chumby device will be glad to hear new features are on the way. In fact, the multimedia device will soon be equipped with additional music-listening features.

This clock radio that can connect to the Internet and is wrapped in leather will let you connect to radio stations you create by using the Pandora service. Plus, you can stream music videos by means of the Avot Media's tool. Additional features include music news from the likes of UsMagazine.com and RollingStone.com.

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