No, it’s not a human, it’s a robot.
Southern California-based Nuts and Voltz has developed a working prototype for an iPhone- and iPod-compatible robot alarm clock that wakes you up in quite a unique way. The clock is called tim-E (pronounced “Timmy”), and you really only get a feel for its rambunctious personality by seeing it in action, as in the video above.
That’s because tim-E talks weather and traffic out loud and can dance to your iPhone or iPod music. Choose to wake up to your own music or to tim-E’s banter. The device even lives up to its “alarm clock with attitude” branding, since it can pose brain teasers to make sure you don’t fall back asleep. You can also record voice reminders, which could be useful to take note of to-do lists or other random ideas that might pop into your mind at night.
The tim-E alarm might be borderline annoying for adults, but it could actually help put your kids to sleep. At bedtime, the robot can gently fade out music and display an on-screen moon. Like a dock, it’s also useful in that tim-E can charge your iPhone or iPod while you’re sleeping.
An added bonus is the ability to swap the robot’s on-screen face with any picture of your choice (e.g., your friend, your dog or that celebrity crush).
Nuts and Voltz is trying to raise $150,000 on Kickstarter. With 26 days still left to go in theKickstarter campaign, backers had pledged around $6,400 as of Friday afternoon. The first 1,000 backers can get their own tim-E for an early-bird price of $60.
Nuts and Voltz was founded by Jeff Wilcox and Rich Mazel, who have combined experience in the toy industry and consumer electronics worlds. For this tim-E project, they’re working with San Francisco’s KID Group, a toy invention and licensing firm.