After licensing out its software to help Sony create the Dash, Chumby is taking back the reigns and creating its own large-screen Internet dashboard, the Chumby 8. The device features an 8-inch touch screen, and unlike the Sony Dash or previous Chumby products, includes a full Web browser to complement its selection of customizable widgets.
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Similar to the Insignia Infocast (also based on the Chumby platform), the Chumby 8 includes memory card expansion slots for SD cards and compact flash, allowing users to load photos directly.
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The back of the Chumby 8 includes two USB ports (one shown in use), along with a line output and power adapter socket (not shown). By connecting your own USB thumbdrive, you can play back locally stored music and video files on the Chumby 8.
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The Chumby 8 (shown here) is constructed with a rubberized black plastic, and uses a matte display that doesn't easily smudge.
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The top edge of the Chumby offers a large button used to call up the main menu. All other controls are left to the touch screen.