You want a Chumby, you just don’t know it yet. A Chumby is a DIY versatile multigadget that is capable of displaying a variety of options and can be built into literally anything. The Chumby is basically a processor, some memory and a screen, but the lengths at what you can do with these few supplies are nearly endless.
Users can download widgets from the Internet that give the Chumby the capability of doing a variety of jobs. You can set up a widget for a stock market ticker, an alarm clock, a webcam viewer, an MP3 player, a photo viewer, a GPS device, a news ticker, and the list will go on and on.
The Chumby was developed by hackers, so hacking and modding are encouraged. The product’s site even has a “My Chumby” section to share your creations. The Chumby supplies are not yet for sale, but they are expected to be available for about $150 when the company decides to release it. — Andrew Dobrow