After seeing Sony and Best Buy harness the power of their widget platform, Chumby is following suit with their own dedicated kitchen companion. And given its styling, that’s where you’ll want it — versus the Sony Dash which is equally at home in the bedroom as a super-powered Internet-connected alarm clock. The upcoming “personalized Internet media device” features an 8″ resistive touchscreen and 802.11g, but doesn’t follow Sony’s lead with a rechargeable battery option. Unlike existing Chumby-branded widget stations, this model features on-device app management… instead of sending you to a PC and web portal. The Chumby 8 is expected to ship mid-year and will be priced similarly to other Chumby-powered kiosks, which I’m guessing translates as the mid to high $100s.