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NewsForge: Chumby CEO Looks Forward to Hacker Input

Nov 09, 2006, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Hoover)

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"Most CEOs would faint dead away if you said you'd taken a prototype of their new electronic device, ripped off the housing, reconfigured its innards, hacked your way through its code, and then sewn the whole thing into the stomach of a Teletubby doll. Steve Tomlin would shake your hand and say thanks.

"Tomlin is CEO of Chumby Industries, creators of chumby, a small tabletop device, not much bigger than a coffee mug, that connects wirelessly to the Web and uses a collection of widgets to gather information. With it, you can keep abreast of traffic and weather in your hometown, breaking news headlines, stock quotes, and video feeds. Set it to connect to your Flickr account and chumby will show you a constantly rotating selection of photos. It can also play streaming music and receive instant messages..."

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