Wow. You know, having these little guys I'm blown away.
How is it there is still a market for conventional alarm clocks when you can have something like a chumby. Everyone I talk to about them is like "You could just use your phone for that." But guess what, none of them do! Sure they might set their phone up as an alarm clock. But nobody wants to have to remember to put their phone by their bed, or plug it in, make sure the alarm function is operating. And most of the time whatever alarm system is installed on your iOS or Android phone either by default or third party is not nearly as flexible as the chumby. And despite all that, most of the people I know still have a conventional alarm.
Its a bit counter intuitive. Here we are walking around with smartphones, smart watches, smart fridges, smart TVs and yet small ancillary devices like alarm clocks still manage to be stoopid expensive and totally feature poor. Annoyingly bright blue backlit LCD panels, clumsy mechanical button interfaces, disjointed alarm controls. What happened?
Was the downfall of the original Chumby the symptom of a larger problem with consumers and their devices? Was it the iOS/Android revolution that lead to this?
I will buy another chumby before I ever consider another conventional alarm clock. These things are awesome.