I know there have been things like this before, but this one actually looks like a really well-designed little device. The Moshi IVR alarm clock (caution, autoplaying music) is a good-looking little… you know, alarm clock, that has the benefit of voice controls that let you do everything from set the alarm to play a “sleep sound” — whatever that is. That’s a good idea in theory, but unfortunately the call-and-response format of the voice recognition seems kind of inconvenient; why can’t I name the clock something else, or make it just beep when I address it?
Of course, it’s unrealistic of me to expect a $50 consumer device to have the same robustness as a voice recognition program or the like. It’s been endorsed by the World Blind Union, which is great, although I think blind people too will tire of hearing “Hello! Command please!”