Despite being generally unnecessary, we couldn't help loving the little Chumby One Wi-Fi widget machine. Speaking of love, a secret message revealed after iFixit's teardown reveals that it is adorable inside and out.
iFixit's teardown didn't reveal anything totally unexpected, with the exception of an inscription on the logic board from the designer that reads: "with love, -bunnie." However, modders might be interested in the following highlights:
* Notable components found inside the chumby one: * Freescale i.MX233 CPU, running at 454 MHz * MMA7455 3-axis accelerometer * Hynix 923E 64MB DDR DRAM * QN8005B FM Radio chip * An inscription that reads "with love, bunnie"
* The MicroSD socket contains a 2GB Kingston MicroSD firmware card, which can easily be pulled out once the device is opened. Users can load custom firmware and upgrade chumby one's storage in a snap.
* There are plenty of ventilation holes in the top and rear outer cases. Such a Swiss cheese case design allows the chumby to stay cool without the need for a fan.
* Volume control commands are sent via a rotary encoder that translates angular degrees of rotation into binary code recognised by the board.
* The wireless card is attached to a small interconnect board, converting the four-pin connector found on the logic board into the USB connector used by the wireless card. This could potentially mean hacking/upgrading the chumby to 802.11n in the future, were you able to find a USB Wi-Fi card of similar size.
* You can also unplug the USB Wi-Fi card and plug in regular ethernet using a USB-to-ethernet dongle.
* The 2W mono speaker is mounted onto a resonance box which occupies precious interior space, which could be used to stuff more awesome hacking stuff into the chumby. Alternatively, it could be used as a secret stash for narcotics.
Hit the following link for full details on the teardown. [iFixit]