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February 29, 2008

Tech Test: Chumby: a cute, cuddly Net-connected gadget

  • But don't start dreaming of using the Chumby as a squishy, $179.95 substitute for an iPhone.
  • By PETER SVENSSON
    AP Technology Writer

    NEW YORK — If you cross an alarm clock, a picture frame and an Internet radio player with a gerbil, you would get the Chumby, possibly the least threatening-looking electronic device ever.

    It's a tiny computer enclosed in a stuffed leather pillow the size of two fists, but much less aggressive. The 6-inch LCD screen is touch-sensitive, and shows pictures, news headlines, games, incoming e-mail and other snippets of infotainment from the Internet.


     
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