May '08
by Frank Spychalski filed under Computer, Fun

mikelutz chumby pic from flickrTwo days I got my chumby. Chumby Industries tries really hard to keep foreigners from buying one of their nice toys: they only accept US credit cards and shipping only to a US address. But I’m lucky, one of my colleagues from Mountain View ordered one for me.

My experience so far was great.

Step one: configure WiFi
It detected my local network without a problem. I had to enter the password and was ready to go.

Step two: activate chumby
Create an account at and click on “activate chumby”. It shows a 4×4 matrix of dots you have to copy to your chumby to connect you account with your device. This is a nice idea. It’s very simple, easy to use but effective. And surprisingly that’s it.

Step three: add widgets
Just one click. Sometimes the widgets need a some configuration but everything is explained right there.

Minor annoyances

  • only two brightness settings: high & low
  • you have to press pretty hard on the touchscreen

Find a German power supply (should be easy) and start coding a widget :-)

5 Responses to “Chumbytime”

  1. 1

    You have any idea how hard it is to export anything from the US? It’s madness.

    Jason D. Clinton (May 16th, 2008 at 19:55)
  2. 2

    I don’t know how hard it is but I can imagine. I don’t need an international version of the chumby with 220V etc.

    But it would be nice if they accepted at least international credit cards to make it a little bit easier to buy something from them. I know about but they charge additional 40$ for the chumby and I think it was 75$ for shipping to Germany…

    Frank Spychalski (May 16th, 2008 at 20:57)
  3. 3

    I want to buy a Chumby but I would like to know if it works with a 220V current?

    marta (February 24th, 2009 at 22:33)
  4. 4

    I’m using mine in Germany and it works flawless with 220V.

    Frank Spychalski (February 25th, 2009 at 00:03)
  5. 5

    Great!! Thanks for the info! I’m desiring for receive mine! ^^

    marta (March 5th, 2009 at 16:32)

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