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Session

Building an Open Hardware Platform

Andrew Huang, Vice President Hardware, Chumby Industries

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: D133

Chumby Industries makes a sub-$200 device perhaps best described as an always-on, open and hackable, widget IPTV... in a squishy bag. The chumby continuously streams channels of Flash widgets you select, like an “Internet highlight reel” videos, web cams, weather, sports scores, e-greetings, social networking sites, animations, games, ... Chumby produces devices using a high-volume, high-quality and low-cost Asian supply chain, air-shipping chumbys directly to buyers from China. The chumby is probably the first deliberately “open” consumer electronics device, with specifications and designs posted on the Web to encourage modifications and add-ons permitting and enabling a hardware “ecosystem.” bunnie Huang, head of hardware engineering for Chumby and previously famous for cracking the Xbox, will show us the chumby device and will talk about Chumby Industries’ strategy of hardware openness.