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Reposted from PS:One mailing list:

Clearly they made too many of these and they are being heavily discounted.

Best Buy has $49.99 price on the Insignia™ - Infocast 3.5" Internet Media Display, Model: NS-DP3CH. + <---<<

This is electrically the _same_ as the _Chumby_One_, _only_w/o_ space for the back-up battery. It used the same 454MHz uP ARM, too.

An overview of specs for the Chumby One...: + <---<<

/\/\/\...snippet... - The Chumby One

  • 454 MHz ARM processor
  • 2 GB internal microSD card (some only have 1 GB)
  • 3.5" LCD color touchscreen
  • 2W mono speaker
  • Wi-fi connectivity (802.11 b/g)
  • FM radio tuner
  • Uses rechargeable lithium ion battery (not included); about one hour

on a full charge [NOTE: Insignia - Infocast 3.5" version would have to have this external]

  • 4" wide x 4" tall x 3.5" deep
  • 1 USB 2.0 high-speed port
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Volume knob
  • Accelerometer (motion sensor)
  • ABS plastic housing
  • AC adapter included
  • USB ethernet compatible
  • Dimmable backlight

- \/\/\/

This is full open-source, with listings and schematics available. + The FORUMS are full of mods, hacks, and patches for this.

Although it is _not_ a beginner's project, the installed non-standard Linux can be replaced with Android or other ports.

At this price, the sale probably can not last too long, until the product is discontinued _and/or_ sold out...

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Further Notes

  • Has been as cheap as $39.99 (immediately after Christmas), default cost is $69.99 now.
  • There's also an 8" version that acts more like a digital picture frame, but is similar in capabilities
  • OpenEmbedded is the build platform. It's not particularly hard to build, but can take quite some time depending on system specs.

Availability in metroplex as of 2011/02/11

Insignia™ - Infocast 3.5" Internet Media Display is available for pickup at the following stores:

North Arlington TX
200 Lincoln Sq, Arlington, TX 76011

N Richland Hill TX
869 NE Mall Blvd, Hurst, TX 76053

Arlington TX
1730 Pleasant Pl, Arlington, TX 76015

Grapevine TX
1515 W State Hwy 114, Grapevine, TX 76051

North Irving TX
1900 Market Place Blvd, Irving, TX 75063