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Vobot reveals Amazon Alexa-enabled clock

At each CES, you can be sure that there will be interesting new devices that will be introduced to the market. Of course, many of us are interested in the latest and the greatest, but these are not necessarily found in the flashiest of booths. Vobot has worked out quite a charmer of a device, which is the Amazon Alexa-enabled clock.

This new timepiece will be Vobot’s latest AI smart home product, aptly known as the Vobot Clock which will be integrated with Amazon Alexa Voice Services (AVS), and you can expect it to debut at CES 2017 that is kicking off later this week. With Artificial intelligence (AI) and voice interaction being a hot topic last year, it does not look as though the hype and technologies surrounding AI will die down this year. Rather, it should even increase all the more. Amazon Echo is one of the most successful models of implementation, being the first smart home hub that hit the market. Vobot has decided to take advantage of the open platform known as Alexa (by Amazon), making use of AVS (Alexa Voice Service) and ASK (Alexa Skills Kit) as a third-party developer in order to deliver voice experiences for the Vobot Clock.

Based on the Amazon ecosystem, the Vobot Clock is a cost-effective smart alarm that comes with a slew of creative features. Where the sleep coach programme is concerned, you can be sure that the pre-set wakeup and bedtime solution will assist users to fall asleep faster and wake up earlier. The proactive reminder function will then inform or show users the right things at the right time. Not only that, there is a customizable alarm that allows consumers to wake up from their favorite tunes, a dot matrix display that makes everything clear at first sight; an internal 5W speaker which delivers crystal clear sound, all without having to hook up to any external amplifier.

The Vobot Clock is tipped to arrive with an asking price of a mere $35 a pop with an early February release.

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Fibonacci Clock offers an interesting way to tell the time

When it comes to telling the time, there are many different ways of doing so, although the sundial has been more or less out of fashion for quite a while already ever since the clock and watch have made their presence known. Of course, you might want to wear a watch in addition to the digital clock on your smartphone, but this does not mean that you should ditch the clock altogether in your home. With the Fibonacci Clock that costs anywhere from $84.99 to $134.99 depending on the model, it is a truly unique — and of course, geeky method of telling the time.

This can be considered to be the ultimate clock for tinkerers and math geeks, where it boasts of 10 color palettes and a couple of lamp modes which will be able to show off the beauty of math. You can pick your DIY level, which is selected from a kit of parts to fully assembled. At the end of it all, three colors on the clock will matter: red and blue for the hours, and blue and green for the minutes. The minutes will be rounded to five minute increments, so a wee bit of brain power is required in order to perform some basic multiplication in order to obtain the precise timing.
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Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock gets the time right all the time

Have you ever wondered whether people are more time-conscious, as in punctual, back in the days when there were no smartphones or mobile phones? All you need to do is to agree on the time and place to meet, and both parties will most of the time, turn up early. Having said that, the smartphone revolution has allowed us to be more flexible with our schedules, and hence, appointments are not kept all that punctual any more. Perhaps you need something more accurate in your life, like the $49.95 Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock.

The Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock is an always-accurate alarm clock which will also double up as a smartphone charger, where it will show off the time in 1.25″ high numbers with an illuminating backlight that allows it to be clearly read at night. With the use of colorful LEDs, the day/date, temperature, humidity, and moon phases will also be shown with 0.75″ high letters and numbers, offering precise time across the entire lower 48 United States, while the clock’s radio receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the United States’ atomic clock which will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years. Devices that hook up via an existing USB cable to the 1-amp port on the side allows for overnight charging, and it comes with automatic Daylight Saving Time adjustment, alarm, and a 12/24 hour time format.
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The Sandman Clock is ready to rock and roll

I am quite sure that many of us are familiar with the advice of not having to reinvent the wheel. After all, if the wheel has served its purpose just fine for the past hundreds, or even thousands of years, why tinker with a winning formula? Sure, there are the crazy expensive run flat tires, and here we are with a different take on the humble alarm clock – something that many of us have relegated to a mere app on our smartphones and tablets these days. Palo Alto Innovation, an elite group of designers, engineers, and businessmen who happen to have a great love for gadgets, have recently announced the launch of The Sandman Clock.

The Sandman Clock does not intend to bring more of the same old, same old, as it re-imagines the classic alarm clock – to function in the modern twenty-first century. It will boast of a contemporary, neutral design that merges intuitive controls alongside what is claimed to be the largest auto-adjustable display of its type, accompanied by integrated cable management, and a quartet of USB ports which ensure that multiple consumer devices will be able to remain charged when you sleep, and ready to go by the time you wake up.

Before the Sandman Clock, consumers were unable to find an alarm clock with more than two USB ports plus cable management for less than the $50 mark. The Sandman Clock ensures that consumers’ needs are addressed, and best of all is, it comes with a pre-order price of just $29. Any takers?

How will the Sandman Clock fare against the likes of the Beddi clock? Only time will be able to tell, but right now, it is starting to look as though this particular segment of the market is experiencing some interesting competition, which is good for us consumers, of course.

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This Tesla Watch is a splendid steampunk accessory

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The steampunk movement has been around for quite some time. Seeing that there’s now a show out called “Steampunk’d”, it’s safe to say that this subculture has hit mainstream. We’ve been seeing the aesthetic pop up all over the place, and while some items are more than a few gears glued on to an existing product, it’s hard to find the good stuff among the rest. Not that gears glued onto a shirt or your face aren’t fanciful, but it’s nice to see them doing their job in a functional piece rather than just for show.

While time travel, Victorian aesthetics, and clocks seem to dominate the field, it’s hard to encompass all of that into your daily wear. If you want to show your steampunk affiliation without peacocking about too much, then a nifty nod like this Tesla Watch would likely be just enough…if not more than. This uses weathered brass for all of the metal, light-up vacuum tubes, and a leather strap to fit into the theme.

The vacuum tubes light up when you throw the switch into the “on” position, and there is an ornamental winding key for this analog watch. There is stainless steel and glass in its makeup, and you’ll need three different batteries to keep the minutes, seconds, and LEDs working as they should. This will fit a 6.75-8” wrist, and while you can likely get a custon strap for larger or smaller, it’s going to tack on a pretty penny to this $59.99 purchase. It is quite gaudy, but is certainly neat to look at.

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Tabletop Gear Clock shows how time can be really complex

In this digital age, there are many different ways to tell the time. You can always take a quick glance at the corner of your computer monitor, or perhaps flick your eyes in the direction of your wristwatch. How about checking out the office clock to know the exact moment to clock out? Well, the smartphone is also another device that many of us use to keep track of time, but how about trying out something different in your home that oozes with class and elegance as well? The $99.95 Tabletop Gear Clock is worth checking out, where this tabletop clock provides simple timekeeping with a complexity of gears.

Looking at it alone might result in headaches for some, since it has a design that is reminiscent of the finest wristwatches that have open cases which will showcase all of their inner workings. As for the Tabletop Gear Clock, it comes built with 52 parts, where among them include wheels, pallets, springs, and escapes that will work in tandem with one another to provide accurate time and an intriguing visual display at the same time. It will be powered by 17 differently sized gears that derive their power from a pair of D batteries, where durable aluminum and ABS construction round it up.
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Electrohome’s Retro Clock Radio ensures your nightstand does not look bare

electrohomeI suppose that it would not be too far off the mark to suggest that having an alarm clock to wake one up every morning is a crucial aspect of modern day life. After all, it is far too much of a hassle to have a pet rooster within the confines of a city, let alone if you happen to stay in an apartment or flat. Having said that, while many people continue to make use of their smartphones (or perhaps a growing number of smartwatch owners) as their morning alarm clocks, how about taking a step back and enjoy the past, with the Electrohome Retro Clock Radio?

The name of this particular device says it all – this is an alarm clock, no doubt about it, and it comes in a design that harks back to far simpler days. The circular, vintage design will be able to dress any room or nightstand, and it will boast a bevy of useful features for the user, such as motion activated sensors, twin LED lighting bulbs and dual alarm clock options, which will definitely go some way in ensuring that you wake up well in the morning.

If you are sensitive to loud sounds or who have trouble waking up, then the Retro Clock Radio will fit your need to a ‘T’. It delivers a calming experience, where its pair of twin LED lights will brighten as a user’s wakeup time approaches. Thanks to the serene and soothing glow cast around your room, it creates a peaceful environment, ensuring an energizing start to the day – even if you decide to shut out all light from your room with a thick curtain.

There is also a motion sensor in the Retro Clock Radio that does away with fumbling and stumbling while you look for a light switch in the dark. All that you need to do is to wave your hand over the Retro Clock Radio, and it will turn on its light bulbs, delivering instant illumination to any room. The motion sensor can also be used to activate the snooze button for mornings, handy when you are desperate for those additional five minutes. Seems to be a dream purchase for just $34.99 a pop.

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24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock keeps track of the time religiously

If you happen to be someone who is fond of being on time, then surely you would have a plethora of devices that are able to keep track of the time without missing a beat. While regular timepieces and the digital clock on your smartwatch or smartphone would work just fine, there are others who would prefer something that is more accurate, such as an atomic clock. The $149.95 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock might be worth a look then if you happen to fall into such a category.

The 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock, as its name suggests, is an oversized outdoor wall clock which will be able to maintain its unerring accuracy thanks to the radio clock transmitter that is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Apart from boasting of glowing hour and minute hands, there will be a quartet of LEDs which illuminate the face whenever its light sensor indicate dark conditions. 2.75″ high Roman numerals let you read the time easily from up to 30′ away in the daytime, while there is also an integrated thermometer onto the face which indicates the current temperature, in the presence of an adjacent hygrometer that provides the relative humidity reading. The 24″ Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock is capable of providing accurate time across the entire lower 48 United States, and it will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years.
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Casio introduces new S Series collection of timepieces

Casio is proud to bring the second S Series collection that comprises of a trio of distinct new product series, namely Glamorous Gold, Tribal Rose and Botanical Rose. As for this season’s S Series collection, one will find graphic rose prints as well as warm metallics with a color punch. The S Series range will definitely bring the G-Shock brand into the contemporary fashion space where the fashion conscious female consumer is concerned. After all, it does so without looking too large for one’s wrist, all without sacrificing the brilliant technical innovations that is available via the S-Series, although it now extends itself into presenting the timepiece as a sporty fashion accessory.

The Tribal Rose, Glamorous Gold and Botanical Rose collections from the trio of S-Series watches globally later this month. This new collection will embrace all the features that are normally associated with G-Shock, where they all come equipped with an auto LED light with afterglow, 5 daily alarms, an hourly time signal, 1/1000 second stopwatch, countdown timer, world time with 29 time zones and are shock resistant and water resistant to 200M.

The Tribal Rose range will boast of a quartet of color ways: Black Floral, Powder Blue Floral, Red Floral, and White Floral, and each timepiece is beautifully styled with a floral pattern that has been MAP printed on the bands. Apart from that, the S-Series ana/digi introductions will also boast of a touch of gold, namely gold on gold, pink on gold and navy on rose gold.

As for the third collection this coming spring and summer, the Botanical Rose collection will boast of a 5-year battery and EL Backlight with afterglow and Flash Alert for high visibility under low-light conditions. It too, will be shock resistant and water resistant to 200M, and boasts of 2 multi-function alarms, 1/100th stopwatch, countdown timer, 12/24-hour time formats and 48-city world time. One can pick from Red Botanical Rose and Green Botanical Rose for the GMDS-6900F Botanical Rose. The asking price for the new S Series collection would range from $99 to $150 a pop.

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Orbit Planet Clock lets you do interstellar travel on the cheap

Telling the time can be done in various ways, and most of the time, we tend to take a quick look at the computer’s clock on the screen, and at other times, it would be the smartphone that would inform us of the current time. The wall clock? That’s so passe, and more often than not, it would be more of a piece of decoration than anything else. Having said that, the £19.95 Orbit Planet Clock might just help you make a decision in brightening up the surrounding area, and it could even be part of your home remodeling plans.

After all, time does revolve around the sun – in one way or another, which is why we end up with 365 and a quarter days in a year. It does not matter whether you are a keen astronomer or a celestial novice, the Orbit Planet Clock is one cool looking timepiece to have on parade – whether you are at home, or be it at the office. Specially designed to look like that of the solar system somewhat, it will feature a trio of planets that will revolve around the sun, and several magnetic fields that are shown in the backdrop. It is rubber coated, so no worries about the rotating planets scratching the surface as they persist on their travels in, er, clockwork precision.
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