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We were thinking about getting the Ipad or a clone but they all seemed to be near a half a grand. Just not in our budget. Mostly what we wanted it for, was to be able to remotely control my home automation web server very quickly and simply wirelessly. When I saw the Insignia Infocast (aka Chumby) on sale for $67, I was in awe. A perfect match. The Chumby does not come with a web browser, but it does come with a multitude of other applications to use. We have our own web server with a multitude of applications for both business and home (http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-for-your-own-private-cloud/). I have even written a few myself. What is nice is that you can develop software for the web server and not have to develop for the Chumby directly. The same is true for almost any touch screen device that can access the web. Here we go:

Note: you will need to have some knowledge of how wifi works. Consult an expert if you need to. They can tell you more about how to make the Chumby safe for web browsing. That is beyond the scope of this instructable.

Update: Added two pictures. The chumby via the web browser is accessing eyeOS a web app that simulates a gui os. The next to last picture is the server pushing the eyeOS. Notice that is not running any gui

Update 1: The Insignia Infocast aka Chumby also supports some usb ethernet devices. So you can plug it directly into the network and not mess with wifi..

 
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salomon19963 years ago
could you use somthing diffrent than a Chumby? if so, could you recomend some?(perferably cheaper yet! :P)
Computothought (author)  salomon19963 years ago
Wait till the tablets come in from overseas. There should be a price war. Even the ipad should drop like a rock in price, unless the retailers monopolise the market and limit what is available. If there was something less expensive and brand new I would have used it.
ok, thanks! ya, i am waiting for the tablet from india! that looks like a nice one for $35! :D
don't forget tho, ya get what you pay for. I bought a cheap tablet for $75 and it ran android 1.5 it wasn't bad but almost every good app. wasn't compadible with 1.5 so really it was kinda useless.
which one was that I want one
Computothought (author)  asmackey-mackey3 years ago
Not sure what your asking, so please rephrase.
I was asking salomon1996 which one the one from india was cuz 35 bucks is definitely in my budget
http://geeknizer.com/worlds-cheapest-tablet/

there is a link about it. :)
thanks!
Computothought (author)  asmackey-mackey3 years ago
Cool. This http://www.raspberrypi.org/ ($25)and a portable color tv or dvd player look interesting.
thats genious
Computothought (author)  salomon19963 years ago
Caveat emptor.
tinker2343 years ago
hey this is nice
Computothought (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Thanx!
Computothought (author) 3 years ago
Thanx to all the people looking at this instructable!!
thats really cool! is it possible to make a on screen keyboard like the iPad's keyboard?
I am sure you could, the author of the web browser software did not include it. Maybe because he wanted the software to work on the limited memory of the 2.5 inch Chunby. Yes, I am sure an on screen keyboard could be done, but someone would have to write the computer software to do it.