Chumby Widgets Leap into Digital Photo Frames, Televisions, and Other Connected Devices


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This morning I stumbled on a press release from Broadcom announcing a partnership with Chumby to extend Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray disc players with Chumby powered Widgets via Broadcom’s system-on-a-chip solution. Then I jumped over to Chumby’s news release section to see what other developments have been going on and it turns out that Chumby also has arrangements with Samsung and Marvell (announced at CES ’09) to use Chumby Widgets with their processors as well. Interesting. Who would have believed that the Flash-powered Widgets delivering infotainment services to a cute, little device would be ported for use in mass CE devices?

Chumby enables users to select their favorite parts of the Internet delivered to them in a convenient, always-on, always-fresh format. Chumby content currently consists of over 1,000 widgets in 30 different categories ranging from news and entertainment to videos, music, and sports provided by leading media partners such as CBS, MTV Networks, The New York Times, Pandora, The Weather Channel Interactive, AOL’s SHOUTcast and Scripps Networks. Chumby also delivers thousands of Internet radio stations and podcasts. Chumby’s free and open content network enables individual creators to publish creative and compelling content. And Chumby users themselves can share their own user-generated content, including photos, e-cards and more, with family and friends via Chumby’s integral social network. Chumby is constantly expanding, bringing users new widgets, media and services, as well as the most interesting content from the Web.

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  • Andrew

    I like the Chumby idea, but it’s a bit too clumsy. Apple and the iPhone/iTouch is the killer app / marketplace for these types of widgets. Chumby is not long for this world unless they figure out a platform / system approach, which is exactly what this appears to be.

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