Coming soon from the folks at Canadian company Neutrano, the iTalk is a alarm clock for people who just can't seem to get their heads wrapped around fiddling with all those little buttons and knobs.
The clock is equipped with "TimeSet Voice Technology" which Neutrano claims is capable of understanding anyone who speaks to it in English, without any training or break-in period required.
The key to TimeSet's power seems to lie in its simplicity: it only needs to recognize the words associated with the hours, minutes and AM/PM designations needed to set the time.
The iTalk's red LED digits are massive – relatively speaking – at 2 inches high, which means you should be able to see them from any vantage point in the room. But what isn't clear is just how far away you can place the clock and still have it hear and understand you.
Gary Rotman, president at Neutrano, claims that "Teenagers love the fact they can say ‘snooze’ without lifting a finger for additional sleep", and I have to admit that sounds pretty good to me too.
I don't know if my wife is going to like it as much as me. I'm guessing once I've shouted 'snooze!' for the 4th time, I'm going to get an elbow in the ribs that will make me wish I'd gotten out of bed in the first place.
The iTalk is expected to be available in regular retail outlets in the coming months, but will start on Amazon.com in June for $49.99.
Father's Day anyone?