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..
Step 1: What Is Needed:
1- Keyboard for the Chumby
1- Usb memory stick (128 meg is perfect.) (preferably empty)
1- Computer (for downloading and expanding the software)
1- Wifi router or access point connected to the internet or an intranet (self contained network not attached to the internet.)
I have no connection with Best Buy. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia+-+Infocast+8%22+Internet+Media+Display/9854795.p?skuId=9854795&id=1218185322584 Price goes up and down on this unit. Supply vs demand I guess.
Best buy no long seems to sell this product but you could go to http://store.chumby.com/ and pay a premium.
The new Chumby8 is supposed to come with a browser at about $200 at the time of this update.
The Sony Dash, which I have no use for sells for about $150 at the time of this update. I can not confirm whether it has a real browser. We do not prefer it's user agreement. Caveat Emptor.
Update: Even the Sony Dash seems to have been pulled from the retail shelves. I am looking for an Android tablet to do a follow-up instructable.
Step 2: Get the Software.
http://files.chumby.com/browser/chumby_silvermoon_browser-1.0.zip Default url in the file: debugchumby
Download it to a place that is easy to get to such as the desktop.
Alternative versions: (for a real Chumby only)
(more info here: http://forum.chumby.com/viewtopic.php?id=5413 )
Note: the software was alleged written by the Developer of the Chumby. It is not my software. The software to my knowledge does not modify anything on the Chumby.
Step 3: Expand Files.
Now you want to expand the file by double clicking on it. (Most operating systems now support zip.)
Click on all files and extract them to the "Chumby browser" folder.
Step 4: Move Files.
Open up a window for the contents of the empty thumb drive.
Now you want to copy the files to the root (aka not in any folder) over to the thumb drive. (I have actually already copied mine).
Safely remove the usb drive from the computer.
Step 5: You Are Up and Running.
Insert usb thumb drive with the files you just copied.
Turn on Chumby and let it boot.
In a minute or two you should be presented with a web browser. With network working, you should know what to do from there. Since the Chumby is a touch screen, you will not need a mouse. We have our own web server to allow the Chumby to do all sorts of things i.e.:
Update: After doing some research, I did find come code that could be used on a web server to allow use of an on screen keyboard. Use you favorite search engine to get all the details.
If you have any general questions, feel free to leave a comment.
Additional pictures of Chumby doing home automation control of led's on the web server. Instead of led's, you could be controlling water sprinklers, lights, doors or all sorts of things.
We are developing a POS (point of sale) web application for it too.
Step 6: Changing the Default Start Screen.
debugchumby (Change from www.chumby.com to your file)
while [ 1 ] ; do
/mnt/usb/demos/browser/browser -qws 'file:///mnt/usb-5AB6-D41C/start.html'
window.resizeTo( w,h )
<h1> Choose your server: </h1>
Step 7: Chumby 8 Firmware.
Step 8: Potential Power Supply Idea.
Came up with a possible idea for a power supply using a 12v battery so that the Chumby is semi-portable. I also planned on using an NTE931 not the 7805T as the voltage regulator. Still need to add a switch and a fuse to the circuit, so you may see an update eventually. I am not an electrical engineer or anything remotely resembling one. This is what I came up with that might work, but it is definitely untested. Get a professional to help you with this. As I said try at your own risk. If someone has a better circuit please let me know.