TheFeed first learned about the Chumby while drunkenly perusing a copy of Popular Science on the way to Japan last year for Tokyo Game Show (yes, we're that level of geek). Its marketed as an "always-on, completely hackable internet device" that uses pre-made and/ or user created widgets to feed the proud owner all sorts of information and entertainment in a cute, padded package.
We've had a couple of alpha units here in the office for awhile now (working on Feed and other G4tv.com widgets for YOU, friend); and have been anxiously awaiting the final retail units to hit shelves. Chumby is not necessarily a mass-market device... its video functionality is limited (just a selection of YouTube to start), and while making your own widgets is fun and awesome, its not for everyone.
That said, its pretty damn cool as a quick-fix information device... and it'll impress all the other fools in your cubicle farm at work. The video below highlights the unboxing of one of only 50 retail units shipped to some lucky insiders... the video's not going to win any oscars, but if you're at all interested in the Chumby, you should check it out.
Look forward to more on this wacky little padded internet thingie on TheFeed soon. Hit the jump for both the "unboxing" video and a recent look at the Chumby and other magical electronics from a recent installment of Attack This!
YouTube: Chumby Unboxing Video:
Attack This! Cameras, Phones and Wi-Fi Devices:
Via Engadget.com: Retail Chumby gets previewed, unboxed on video