Have you seen the Chumby device? It's a tiny Linux-powered computer that acts as an alarm clock, Internet radio, and streaming data delivey device. It runs a widget engine on top of Adobe Flash with content from a variety of big and small websites. We've got one at NYC Resistor that sits on the main work table and gets used for Pandora streaming and showing pictures of neat hacks people have made. There are versions in leather bags and plastic cases, and even one that is just the guts for putting in your own enclosure.
NYC Resistor member Ben Combee has been hacking on the the Chumby for a few months and he's ready to share his experience with the device. His class includes details on
- getting shell access to the device
- running scripts like the NYCR Doorbell
- creating new Flash-based widgets using free tools
- running native apps that take over the Chumby's interface
- using the Chumby as a web server
You don't have to have a device to take the class. You can make and test widgets entirely on your own desktop using the "Virtual Chumby".
BONUS: Class attendence comes with a personalized $20-off coupon from chumby industries good towards a purchase of a chumby one device.
NOTE: chumby and the chumby logo are the registered trademarks of chumby industries, inc.
All NYC Resistor classes are for people 18-years and up. Sorry, minors.