theverge.com - 5 days ago
An Alexa-enabled alarm clock feels like the perfect nightstand gadget
I hate my alarm clock.
I like sleeping, and every morning, without fail, my alarm clock ruins that for me by loudly and unsubtly waking me up. Of course, that’s the whole point of an alarm clock, but there are other annoying things about my alarm, too. It’s old, it can only charge a single 30-pin iPod, and it can’t use my carefully curated collection of song snippets as alarms for shocking me awake in the morning. I hate my alarm clock As a smart alarm clock with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in, the Sandman Doppler would probably earn my ire by rudely waking me up each morning. But by the same token, the Sandman Doppler also seems like it might fix all my other problems and become the perfect bedside gadget. Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, the Sandman Doppler is the second alarm clock project from Palo Alto Innovation. The first, the original Sandman clock — which offered a built-in USB hub for bedside charging — failed to reach its funding goals, but the company succeeded in bringing it to the market anyway.
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