Physical Widget (and revenge of the hardware)

  I wanted to write this post since some time, but the launch of the Chumby give me a good opportunity to post it. What it Chumby? Basically it’s a small lcd screen that can run your prefereed widget, and that can be connected through WiFi to the internet. Than, you can put some kind of “Widgets” to this device, like clock, flickr viewer, stock quotes, etc…
  Unfortunately (or hopefully?) these Widget are non interactive…

  So this obviously one of the latest “physical widget”. With the adoption of Wifi, and the cut down of hardware price, I expect to see more and more small hardware  application that do a single task , but do it well…This one still have a lot of different usage, but I think that in the future we will see hardware widgets, from toys, weather station connected to the internet,  msn status, etc…
   The other interesting side effect, is that the value is less and less in the software, but both in the service (we all knew this) but also in the hardware. What will make the interest of such physical widget: it’s the design, the fact it looks cool, trendy, etc…So after years where value was mostly in software, and hardware was just a commodity, hardware, and especially “internet connected hardware” will get his revenge, software being just a commodity…

Through TechCrunch

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6 thoughts on “Physical Widget (and revenge of the hardware)”

  1. Great post! I think Nokia did something similar some time ago with their digital picture frame. No WLAN no Widget stuff then but it was a first step. If the price is o.k. a Chubby might very well populate my place in the future :-)

  2. Very interesting vision – makes me think also of the Nabaztag this little tiny wifi rabbit – but this is the first time that I see devices like this that look more like a tomtom – very cool !

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