April 02, 2008

The Cord Has Got to Go

Go to Chumby's home page and you'll see some cool pictures of the device. But you'll also notice that there's this line that runs from the side of the Chumby to somewhere off-screen. That's the power cord.

The Chumby is a cool device but in my personal opinion its main detractor continues to be . . . that pesky power cord. This device is crying out to be mobile. The market demographic for this kind of device surely expects a gadget that runs on batteries not power from a wall socket.

The very first time I played with a Chumby my very first reaction was the surprise that a power cord was a requirement. And my second reaction was, why not get rid of the power cord and figure out an innovative way to cause the inevitable and interminable squeezing of the Chumby by its owner to be the generation of power to recharge the batteries?

Heck, it could be a spin on the old "Don't Squeeze the Charmin" ad slogan. Call it "Please Squeeze The Chumby". The more you squeeze the longer the battery lasts.

I still think they oughta give that a try. And hey, it'd prolly be patentable.

Posted by brian at April 2, 2008 06:00 PM

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