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Widgetized Chumby Display Ready for Retail Next Month

A regular old digital picture frame isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world, but it suddenly gets a lot more interesting when you toss in a few more features and functions. In effect, that’s the appeal of the widget-happy display from Chumby Industries and they’re almost ready to let you buy it.

The Chumby8, as its name implies, features an eight-inch display with a resolution of 800×600 pixels. It’s much more than a picture frame, of course, as it’s meant to be the “world’s first stand-alone app player.” You could say it’s almost like a tablet device, except it’s not really a tablet at all. It does come with a touchscreen and over 1,500 free apps and runs on Android 2.2 though.

In case you missed it during CES, the Chumby8 also comes with a new web browser, two USB ports, CF/SD slots, Internet radio (with Pandora, Napster, NYT, etc.), and task scheduler. A Flash Lite 4 update is coming soon with AS3 support too.

As our homes become increasingly connected, more web-enabled devices like the Chumby8 will surely rise to the surface. Get ready to get your Chumby on starting April 5th for $199. Pre-orders are being taken now… or you could spend some more and get a tablet instead.

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introducing the chumby8: the world’s first stand-alone app player just got bigger and better
Next gen chumby arrives April 5 for $199, pre-orders begin today

San Diego, CA — March 23, 2011 — chumby industries today announced the release of the chumby8, the much-anticipated next generation chumby device. Officially launching on April 5, the chumby8 is priced at $199 and available today for pre-orders at chumby.com/store. With a sleek new design, an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, enhanced features, and over 1,500 free apps, the chumby8 delivers a personalized stream of your favorite apps in addition to serving as a digital photo frame and music player.

“The chumby8 truly marks an evolution of the chumby device and software platform, creating a more personalized and user-friendly Internet streaming device that will complete any connected home or office,” said Derrick Oien, CEO of chumby industries. “We’ve taken the time over the past year to listen to chumby fans and owners and incorporate their feedback into the new chumby8 and created a great multi-purpose connected device capable of tailoring to all.”

New features of the chumby8 include:

New, modern industrial design available in black and red. Customized skins available from Skinit
8-inch 800×600 touchscreen LCD
Two USB ports, CF and SD slots make it possible to upload pictures, music and other personal media of your choosing turning your chumby8 into a personalized digital photo frame and music player
New web browser support, allows you to access links within apps
Revamped UI and streamlined navigation allows you to manage apps and channels directly from the device. The chumby8 comes preloaded with ready-to-play themed channels showcasing the best chumby apps in entertainment, news, humor, games, kids, sports and more
Updates to share features make it easier to send photos, videos and apps to friends and family
Robust Internet radio offers over 10,000 internet radio and podcast stations, including Napster, Pandora, SHOUTcast, iheartradio, Mediafly, New York Times and CBS, with more to come
Full alarm system allows you to wake up to your favorite music stations and apps
Task scheduler allows you to perform a routine task on your device like entering night mode at a certain time or playing music
Flash Lite 4 update to support AS3 coming soon
The chumby8 has access to over 1,500 free applications — ranging from music and social networking sites, news and entertainment gossip, to video clips and sports scores. Content is available from well-known media sites including: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MTV Networks, Groupon, People.com and many others. Users can monitor their social networks, view and share their photos from sites like Flickr and Photobucket, watch sports clips, play games, or choose from a multitude of clock applications to display on the touchscreen device.

about chumby industries
chumby industries, based in San Diego, California, is a software company that works with consumer electronics OEMs to bring a rich and personalized Internet experience to a multitude of connected products, ranging from devices as simple as clock radios to high-definition televisions. The open chumby platform enables developers to easily create Flash content for chumby-powered devices resulting in a constantly growing catalog of more than 1,500 applications. For more information visit chumby.com or follow us on twitter @chumby.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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