Topic: Let's get this widget party started!
OK.... so here's my story....
I'm in technology. My company makes a cloud based work process management solution (WebDocs for anyone who cares) that we sell nationally. I remember reading about the Chumby maybe 2006, 2007...??? At the time, I didn't quite get it. How much for an alarm clock!!?? Maybe Chumby marketing needed some help. Maybe I'm just slow (I always say I am not a fast thinker...) Then I forgot about Chumby.
Fast forward to 2017. Somehow, I don't even remember how, Chumby comes across my desk again. "Oh yeah, I remember that weird little leather wrapped thing!" Well, a lot has happened in 10 years. Chumby has come and gone. And come again. Sony (and apparently several others) licensed the Chumby OS / ecosystem. The servers are back online and Chumby's are alive once again.
Apparently the Sony marketing machine sold a TON of these things. So, loving technology and being a little bit of a tinkerer, I bought a few of the Dash units which Duane has very smartly made active again. When I say a few, I mean a dozen. Seriously. At $20 - $30, including shipping, why not!!?? Now, what to do with these things....???
So apparently Facebook doesn't work anymore. Eh... FaceBook is so 2013... Can I check my EMAIL or see my day's calendar on it instead of grabbing my phone? Nope. No Outlook or Office 365 integration that I can see. How about a scroll of my Fitbit stats? Nope. Anything to do with Google - photos, maps?? Not that I can tell. Pandora? Apparently I can see the most recent songs I've bookmarked. Useful? Not really. YouTube videos? Maybe - haven't tried yet but doesn't look good. Netflix or Vudu? Am I asking to much from this little piece of hardware??
So I guess my point is, what a cool device and platform - especially for $20 or $30!! But without apps that actually relate to stuff people do in 2017, I'm going to be hard pressed to pay $36 a year for a glorified alarm clock (see paragraph 1). I wish I were a developer - I'm not - but it seems like some of these things would be relatively simple to write. Maybe I am oversimplifying it but an app that logs into my Fitbit account and gets my steps for the day and shows to me in a bar graph seems not that hard.
Is there any ongoing app development? What can we do to get some people with real talent (unlike me) to write some cool apps for this thing that are useful and worth paying for. I've looked through most of the apps and frankly, there is not much there I am excited about. Let's make Chumby the new MUST HAVE accessory again by bringing apps up to date! Can I get a "hell yeah"!!??
OK, thanks for reading.... I'll let the smart people chime in now. :-)