Chumby – um, the Audrey kicked up a notch??

So, this Chumby item has appeared on my radar. Fascinating idea. A replacement for the clock radio that uses the wireless internet access they assume I already have..oh wait, I do have HSIA.

This smells a little like the Audrey, the kitchen internet appliance that 3Com marketed for a short while back in 2001.. But, more webish…more web 2.0ish…there’s even a chumbysphere with a forum and a wiki already. And a call for crafters! Oh, be still my techy-feely heart.

From their site:

There’s more to life than just hardware and software! It’s important that chumby looks good, and that it matches your lifestyle. The chumby is designed in a way such that the core electronics can be easily separated from its outerwear, enabling you to create that exact look you want without having to touch a soldering iron or write a line of code.

To our knowledge, this is the first open-source effort for outerwear, so please do leave a comment if you have a suggestion.

I’ll have to keep an eye on this one.

UPDATE: Also found the Chumby blog: