Thursday, June 26, 2008

Who are you calling an alarm clock?


I'd love to introduce you guys to my new friend Chumby. I am sure your wondering what on earth is that thing? Well hmm.. the question more is what isn't it? I've heard of Chumby being referred to as a pimped out alarm clock. I think that's selling this little linux based Internet device short! Chumby is well, whatever you want it to be.

Chumby is very tiny, not much bigger than a coffee mug. Though it may be small Chumby can do so many things, yes it will tell you the time, yes you can use it as an alarm clock, but at all times your new little Chumby friend will be connected to the Internet via a WiFi connection. Depending on which software packages you load onto it (called widgets) you really decide exactly what sort of device your Chumby will be.

My Chumby tells me the time, is my alarm clock, gives me the weather, the news highlights for the day, is my virtual picture album, gives me my myspace messages, lets me read all my Tweets (twitter), and even tells me what my facebook friends are up to. Other friends with Chumby can even send me a ecard! My Chumby even has a white board so I can leave myself a note if need be in the morning. My Chumby hangs out with me in my bedroom, so even before I get out of bed in the morning I know everything that's happening so far that morning.

The best part is all these little widgets are totally free. Once you have your Chumby you just log it in on your WiFi network, and then go on Chumby's website and register your new friend. From there you can pick which widgets are sent to your Chumby as well as you can set up different channels. Channels are particularly useful as you can tell your Chumby to do different things during different times of the day. You can change your widgets as often as you like and there are always new widgets coming out!

Controlling your Chumby is too much fun! Chumby is VERY interactive, once you have your widgets loaded you can access your Chumby's menu by tapping the top of your Chumby. Chumby sports a touch screen so all of the controls are controlled by just touching what you want. One really unusual thing you will notice about Chumby is its soft.. plush even. Instead of being a hard little box its actually squeezable, its really quite unusual and it gives Chumby a character all its own. I know Chumby is adorable and its squeezable sides will give you the impression that Chumby is a toy, but please Chumby is not a toy and rough little hands may injure your new friend.


This is my actual chumby, complete with all my widgets at the moment. Cool huh?

Along with having a great touchable screen, Chumby is equipped with a built in speaker, a motion sensor, two usb ports, and a headphone jack. You can use those USB ports to charge your USB devices such as a mp3 player, as well as play the music from your mp3 player, ipod, or even from a flash drive! For such a small little device the sound quality is actually really good as well!

Chumby is still a fairly new gadget and though my complaints are few really the only thing I can say that I'd love to see improved is the loading time on some of the larger widgets. I'd also love to see a way to flip through the widgets without having to go through the main menu.. I'm always in a hurry and sometimes I just want to see the weather right now. I honestly can't even tell you if there is a widget I'd like to see as it seems the moment I think of one I'd like to have, within days or weeks someone publishes a widget for that. I'm sure that at this point they have only broke the surface of all the things you can do with your Chumby. Who knows, maybe at some point you can watch your favorite TV shows on Chumby too.. now that seriously would be cool.

Chumby is available for purchase directly on their website!

I have a cool Chumby Tshirt and charm set! The shirt is a medium but its fairly generously sized.. so Id say it would fit a medium to large fairly easily, its the navy blue with the Chumby logo.


To enter :
  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out the Chumby and check out all the cool widgets you can have on your Chumby. Come back here and tell me which widgets you would load on yours!
  • No "i want to win" stuff without a little effort (and I do mean little!)
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end July 3rd at midnight!

126 Comments:

jenny said...

wow how cool i want one angie so well the frist thing i wake up to is my enternet lol its realy some thing

Mary512 said...

wow what a cool product. I like the music news widgets the vh1 or mtv ones. Great giveaway, thanks!

Mary512 said...

Blogged ya:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/06/win-chumby-products.html
Thanks again!

Stacey Moore said...

i would put ebay on mine!
thanks!
moore.g at insideconnect.net

Naomi said...

I have never heard of Chumby but I am totally intrigued! Email, weather and the NYT Arts would be my first downloads...

Michele P. said...

cool item! i'd put the news, clock, weather, myspace and calendar on mine, possibly more-so many options!

Michele P. said...

already a subscriber, thanks!

samsakara said...

I would put weather on mine! What a neat gadget!

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

samsakara said...

I posted the contest on my blog here

http://samsakara.blogspot.com/2008/06/contest_26.html

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

mar said...

Love this! I would load NY Times, David Letterman, and ET top stories. thank you for the contest

Andrea said...

I would defintely put gmail!!!!! These look cool. love to win the tee.

louiseb130 said...

I'd use the Google news...what a clever device!

mannequin said...

These are just so cool. I saw them in MacWorld a couple months ago and never forgot about the little charmers...
I would go widget crazy with Surprise, of course Clock and Alarm (no offense Chumby) and news to start with . This is one of those toys you can tweak! I love it!

mannequin said...

In my sidebar eternally!

Teri said...

I'd choose the Mona Lisa, Eyeball, and Daily Horoscope! Strange little dude, huh?

Mama Zen said...

Wow, that is cool! I'd want the New York Times on mine.

vboackle said...

mtv

gunzie said...

Very cool, I would put the weather on and I love the fireplace widget! Thanks for letting us know about this. Thanks for the great giveaway!
ann dot guns at mac dot com

Erica said...

I would load mine with a clock and alarm, my horoscope, humor, and photos.

TheAngelForever said...

Oh my this looks so amazing. Thank you so much for telling us about it.

Widgets I would love are: Weather, Daily Horoscope, Tweeter, and Flickr Photo Viewer to start.

Thanks for the great giveaway :)

TheAngelForever said...

Extra Credit: I subscribe to your RSS feed :)

Sunshyne said...

I would love this! I would get ChumbArt, Food Network Recipe of the Day,Retro Flip Clock, E-Mail Viewer... for starters!

Preppy Mommy said...

I like the news, screensavers and alarm clock

blueviolet said...

This is one of the coolest new gizmos I've seen in a long while! There are so many widgets I want. Here goes: Sun/moon clock, human calendar, ET top stories, word of the day, ET celebrity news, Photo bucket and weather by Weather Channel. I'm sure I would get many more but that's a good start, don't ya think? I love the Chumby!
Elizabeth
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net

blueviolet said...

Also, I'm on your mailing list!

doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

recipe of the day and job ads
annatiffany at yahoo dot com

FawnGeorge said...

I like ET Top Stories widget. Of course Priceline would not be a bad one. This is cool, I might get one for my husband.

mammalnut2000@yahoo.com

Uniquely Yours said...

I would select photos, calendars, gmail and I'm not sure what else I would choose.

gkstratos said...

What a really great product! II'd select the Built-In Clock, Calendar, the Sleep Sound, the weather and the Christmas Countdown for sure. Hope I win!!
gkstratos@ yahoo.com

mverno said...

mona lisa

peg42 said...

What a great gadget! Technology never fails to amaze me. I would love the weather, time and photo's. I also love that little fireplace. Adorable! Thanks for this giveaway and please enter me.

chromiumman said...

i'd put a weather forecast on mine

Mrs. Csirke said...

facebook, gmail, nytimes top stories. what a cool device! I had heard of it before, but I didn't really know what it was.

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

This is pretty cool, I like the following widgets:

Wikipedia (love using this site)
Gmail Viewer
The Weather
and Spirituality!

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

Your on my bloggy sidebar!

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

We are subscribed to your email newsletter/rss

PiesBonitos said...

ebay and wikipedia for sure!
Carrie
mountainrailway at gmail dot com

kygirl said...

photos and stuff like that

Sharon said...

How cool is this? LOVE IT> Would definitely put weather and gmail!!! THANKS :)

VickeC said...

wow,so many choices,I know I would want ebay on mine,but also myspace for my grandchildren an too many more to list,thanks



vlbelk@hotmail.com

windycindy said...

Thanks for introducing me to the
"Chumby!" What another fascinating toy. I would use the following widgets: spirituality, weather, food networkk recipe of the day and the calendar moon phase. Please enter me
in your drawing. I appreciate it!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Ginny said...

The weather is my favorite, with Michigan weather you just never know. We always check the weather reports before getting dressed & it is pain finding them sometimes.

I'd also love gmail & ebay

Colleen said...

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! I'd have to put the weather, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and Letterman's Top 10 on it. Now if only you could blog with it...

david_colleen@mei.net

D said...

The weather & google news.
what a nerd, huh? :)

Lisa said...

I've never heard of a Chubby. I would put weather and Stuff on My Cat.com widgets. I use my cell phone as an alarm clock so this might be something I would look into. Thanks!

proudma23@gmail.com

Missy said...

The first widget that I would load on my Chumby is the weather. Thanks so much for this fun giveaway!

stampedwithgrace said...

the Chumby sounds so cool! I would load photos and the weather, etc. so neat :)

Molly C. said...

How cool is this!? I've never even heard of these, but I want my own Chumby! lol I would put myspace, facebook, ET news, photos & the weather.. to start with. :D

Kimberly said...

Wow, I never heard of this before. Widgets that I would most likely use would be photos, daily horoscope,some animation, Fat Cat Lane.

jennem said...

I'd put on Wikipedia, Google News, and (guilty pleasure) Grorbs.

~Amanda~ said...

WOW this is really neat My hubby would not be so thrilled LOL he says I already spend to much time on the internet but I love it I would put my email, the weather, some music, and the panda cam! Thanks

~Amanda~ said...

You are on my sidebar!

Taylor said...

I've never heard of the Chumby until now... and let me say I think it is awesome! If I were to get one I would put a ton of widgets on mine, but some of my favorites are the bubble wrap, myspace, and the ny times widgets.

tay5reneau@hotmail.com

DePro said...

Weather forecast

bemi said...

I would put weather on mine

kristilb19 said...

Okay, WOW, this is AMAZING! I'm dieing for one after seeing it! I would put my photos on it and music and check myspace messages!!! I love it! Great!

Susanne said...

Food Network, Photos, and calendars! How cool! It's hard to choose since there are so many widgets!

meg said...

I'd put the bubblewrap feature on mine--such a rad gadget!
gomeggo@gmail.com

littlelatina said...

this is so cute! I love it! The possibilities

mogrill said...

Recipe of the day!

Smooshy said...

the weather and my horoscope!

soha said...

I'd use the sun moon clock.

Megan B. said...

Wow, this looks fantastic! We split our time between here and overseas, so we would put the weather and time of both places. I would also put Facebook on it and Food Network's recipe of the day, like someone else said. What a great gadget!

lovelyluckymegs@yahoo.com

Leigh said...

We are BIG about linux products around here. My husband might be the only person that chats with mechanics about why they should go linux lol We would have to have the MindViz Graffiti Editor for fun, and Astronomy Pic of the Day for more fun, and then something useful like...Gmail, and eBay. (And then some comics! eee!)

Leigh said...

A new subscriber to your feed on mygoogle homepage :)

bison61 said...

I would put news, clock, photos and games

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

yyeres said...

i'd load it with a clock and alarm too, thanks for the contest

mom2boys said...

This is cool. I like the fireplace widget and the alarm clock. Thanks for the giveaway!

KJLAssociates said...

An alarm clock that runs Linux, neat!

Jen said...

This is a pretty cool gizmo. Wow! I think I would put the weather and time of course on it. Gmail would be cool too. I don't know. It has great possibilities.

NesieBird said...

I would have Google, news sites, or Amazon.com on my cool little Chumby.

Anonymous said...

*******Wow this thing is SO COOL! I would use photo, horoscope, weather...and man do i love the fireplace...how relaxing!!!********

amanda_perlinger@Hotmail.com

Carolyn said...

I would definitely have to have the weather and my music loaded on mine! I hope I win!!!

Carolyn
ceimusic@aol.com

Trish said...

mine would have the eyeball. this is so kewl!

Jacqueline said...

Chumby Yummy! I gotta get me one of those....

My fave widgets:
weather channel
perez hilton
facebook
new york times world
photos

Yaay!

noey718319 said...

in your life would be my fave, pictures and things useful to me like the time, this product is great, thanks!!

michelle said...

Wow, I've never seen this thing before. I would put the gmail viewer, google calendar, et celebrity news, cumbaquearian...I could go on and on....This is so cool!

Kimberly said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!! I know what is going to be on my "wish list" this Christmas!!! This is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

I love the photo widget. I have always wanted one of those digital photo frames ($$$$) but haven't been able to afford one yet.

I LOVE the widget that was titled "Surprise" with the little dog licking the screen. I know that is not always the same thing on that widget, but that was just totally adorabe!

The weather would be helpful too, especially in the winter. My son is a budding weather man and this would be awesome for him!

I also love the recipe of the day widget. That is cool too. Of course having that sitting next to me on the desk might make me hungry. Ha Ha.

Thanks for the AWESOME prize give away and for letting us know all about Chumby!

Kimberly
HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

agsweeps said...

I really need this badly. I was late for work 3 times last week because my current alarm clock is my cell phone and the battery doesn't last for the whole night and I don't have any way to plug it in. I was just telling my friend that I need a real alarm clock. I would put the YouTube Video widget on it so I could watch my favorite videos when I wake up in the morning. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

agsweeps said...

Opps, I just realized that you're giving away a T-shirt and not the Chumby. It's still a cool giveaway. I signed up for your mailing list/RSS feed to earn an extra entry.

Sarah said...

Chumby is awesome!! My would be loaded with..
Big Brother - I'm a geek
Clock
Alarm
Perez Hilton
What a great giveaway, please and thank you!!!

Just.Me said...

Neato! I would have: retro flip clock, daily horoscopes, et-top stories, tvtracker, perez hilton, and weather.

Kristie said...

The widget I'd be sure to have is my MySpace Photos!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Heather said...

My kids would definately choose SPONGEBOB!!

Heather said...

I'd pick the Daily Puppy, MY EBAY,Chumby 101 and the Weird one.

jandh at myfamilylovesit.com

Anonymous said...

Weather

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Buki Family said...

email, clock and weather would be my first downloads

Samantha P said...

definitely the gmail viewer i seriously can't stop checking my email! this would be great, so i can finaly get off the computer, haha!

Samantha P said...

i'm a subscriber! yay!

mich0825 said...

I would do the world sunlight map webcam as my widget. I'd love a chumby- thought my husband would be equally excited but he amazingly wasn't impressed :(

Jinxy & Me said...

I would want to load everything, but definitely the weather, the fireplace and gmail!

Bree said...

I'd love to have the weather! What a cool gadget!

Kate Etue said...

I love the internet aspect of it!

SECAVEN said...

hi........i have never heard of anything like this. sounds really cool and entertaining. there are alot of widgets for me. too many to list but i'm kind of a strange one so i went for the weird widgets. bubble wrap - everyone loves popping bubble wrap, right? five o'clock shadow - a smiley face that grows whiskers and of course, spiro art. i loved that as a kid!! i'm into games too! i have the daily sudoku - i'm hooked on those! tic tac toe and the slide puzzles. those were always challenging as a kid. great fun for me!!

matternu said...

I can't believe this little guy, so cute and different . I want one !!!. I would most likely try to put too many widgets on my Chumby , photobucket is a must,AccuWeather.com Forecast,gmail,Amazon,Humancalendar.com and I could go on and on.
It is the first time seeing a Chumby and I love it!! Count me in to win

Sylvia P said...

i'd definitely get the myspace widget! and i'd get the filmcritic.com movie reviews

Sylvia P said...

i'm also a subscriber!

Anonymous said...

If I had a chumby, it would have to have weather, time, news, photos and some humor.

kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

Jess said...

I would totally load it up with games , games and more games. I think the name Chumby is so cute and it fits the product. Awesome giveway!

Brooke said...

wikipedia, facebook, and gmail!

Teresa said...

My first choice would be games and communications! Wow this thing looks so great!

Stacy said...

I totally want one of these! I love the blue ball factory, the XKCD comics and a ton more.

Medley Family said...

I really like the weather as well as the fact that you can add pictures to it. Very fun device.

Anonymous said...

Since I work home health; weather is the upmost for travel, safety; it would be weather; then aclendar for organization. Many thanks; Happy 4th to ALL

Malteny said...

Great giveaway! Thanks! I would put The Daily Puppy and Gmail on my Chumby. Love it!

tatertot374 said...

This is fantastic! I would have the weather and my pictures on mine. Thank you!

klp1965 said...

i would have to pick ebay im an ebay freak :)

klp1965 said...

ebay for sure :)

Alice H said...

I like the retro flip clock in black widget. I've heard of the Chumby but have never seen one. They sound really cool! afdr3d@umkc.edu

heather said...

I'd load the ShamuCam, Weather Channel, Retro Flip Clock, Word of the Day, Today in History, Netflix, and TMZ.com!

heatheranne99[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tracy said...

My widgets would be a clock, pictures, myspace and the weather. Great idea!

Tracy said...

my widgets would be myspace, weather, clock and pictures. Great idea!

carissaad said...

I would choose iBibleSpace Verse of the Day. Thanks for the giveaway.

carissaad at aol dot com

Jennifer said...

HOLY COW! This thing is AWESOME!! There are so many great widgets, but I would definitely have the Weather Channel on mine. Some others would be the Cuckoo Clock, Motivational Quotes, and the Chumbaquarium! I hope, hope, HOPE I win!!! This is just the coolest thing ever! Thanks for the chance!

Happy 4th!!

wigget said...

the google calendar, the bar clock, weather by the weather channel, and et-celebrity news

sphinx63 said...

I would use the Weather, Photos, and definitely that fireplace you show on yours! And music too. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would have weather, animations, games, and a calendar on mine! This thing is awesome, never heard of it before!

Amber
Crystalclearbc@aol.com

Bakersdozen said...

I am a news bug, so I would download the news first, then my favorite Christian radion stations. vidomich@yahoo.com

kananee said...

This is totally cool! I'd get the clock, weather, pictures, gmail, wikipedia...

purango said...

I would download the news, the Weather Channel, custom alarm for my favorite radio station and my daily horoscope. garrettsambo@aol.com

aharris007 said...

I would have the Horoscopes , Food Network Recipie of the day, Birthday COuntdown Calendar and the Bar Clock on mine!!
This is so cool...i have never heard of it before today

donna444444 said...

I would like the weather, alarm clock, and the fireplace.

Danielle said...

The Shamucam would be awesome!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Danielle said...

Subscriber!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Timster said...

I like the music news widgets the vh1 or mtv ones.

Cool Crafty Mom said...

I would put pictures, alarm clock and weather on mine. I'm always dressing wrong because I don't know what he weather will do and I work outdoors.

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