Writing about the lifespan of household appliances today got me thinking about Chumby. Mine feels antique somehow, but I just realized it’s only 6 years old (my unboxing shot is from 2007).
I rescued Chumby from Punchcut’s storage closet a year ago and the first thing I did was turn off the ICanHazCheezeburger and Chuck Norris channels. It’s Chumby’s Wi-Fi connection and Pandora streaming radio that I wanted to wake me in the morning becuase it’s more reliable than an iPhone alarm — which is sometimes dead, silent or in a coat pocket somewhere.
So, even though Chumby was too early for it’s time, if it were launched today it would be too late. Like other device categories (MP3 players, GPS devices) this device is not diminished by age but it’s completely limited: and so it occupies a cul-de-sac on the road to ubiquitous computing.