Wi-Fi gadget delivers Godzilla news to bedside

Chumby finally has a crack at tough-but Japanese market

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Although it was announced in the US a while back, it's only this autumn that other territories will get their hands on Chumby, the so-called alarm clock of the future.

In case you hadn't guessed, that 'future' bit simply means that it has a Wi-Fi connection for waking you up with more than just a clanging bell.

Custom widgets

One of the first nations to sample the Chumby will be Japan, where it launches in October at an eyebrow-raising (for an alarm clock) price of ¥29,400 (£152).

Far-East marketing will be handled by a company with an almost equally odd name, Zyyx Inc, and it's encouraging to see that it has taken advantage of the device's flexibility to customise it for the sophisticated Japanese market.

In the Mixi

As well as the usual YouTube videos, Twitter feeds and the like, the Japanese Chumby will pull content from Mixi, the giant Japanese SNS, and news from local sources on Sumo, J-Pop and (probably) giant-monster attacks on Tokyo.

If you're outside the US and Japan, then never fear – Chumby's makers say they're in talks to bring the touchscreen device to Europe, Australia and Hong Kong soon.