OK, been thinking this through, wondered if anyone had any other ideas.
My mum has in iPod touch, and when I go over to my parents place I love being able to sit on the couch and browse my email, twitter and a few website which provide mobile versions, all via wifi. This is a lot nicer than having my laptop on my lap at home.
I kind of want one, BUT, I was also thinking that maybe there was something else out there that I could make, or at least assemble, myself that would do the same job, or at least nearly as good.
The two options I came up with are a chumby, and a beagle board. Neither are particularly designed for mobile use, but I’d be happy with an hour or so use form a battery, which might be achievable.
The Chumby guts in the makershed is for version 1 of the chumby, which isn’t designed to be “portable” as version 2 can be. Not sure if this is anything more than not providing a nice battery plug. Version 2 of the chumby can run off a battery - the runtime though isn’t specified. The chumby guts has a nicely matched LCD screen
The chumby hacker board doesn’t specifically talk about battery use, but it is designed to work with a composite display as opposed to an LCD screen.
Neither of the chumby’s are designed for free browsing, instead relying on specific apps. That’s cool, i think i could deal with that.
A beagle board would be the most powerful I think - it’d obviously be like a full PC, and probably have a shorter battery life. Are there any matching nice LCD screens available for the beagle board?
Anyways, just bored and tossing ideas around, interested if anyone has anything to contribute. Anyone looking to sell a second-hand chumby guts package?