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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search A Chumby in the midst of downloading software A Chumby in the midst of downloading software

The Chumby is an ambient consumer electronics product made by Chumby Industries, Inc.. It is an embedded computer which provides Internet and LAN access via a wifi connection. Through this connection, the Chumby runs various software widgets. Roughly resembling a small clock radio, it consists of a small touch-screen with a leather and plastic exterior. It uses AC power and turns off if unplugged and moved; a 9 volt battery connector is supplied for backup power. It costs $180 (USD) and comes in three colors.

The Chumby has been praised by some as open source hardware which is designed to be customizable by users,[1] while others have criticized it as "goofy" and unnecessary.[2]