Gadget maker iHome has released an alarm clock that supports Amazon Alexa. It is equipped with far-field microphones which, like Amazon Echo, can hear voice commands from across the room and has Alexa Voice Services.
The clock (model iAVS16) supports Bluetooth streaming, has a 10-watt internal amplifier for music playback, an integrated speakerphone and a 2.1A USB port allowing users to charge their mobile devices while sleeping. It has a LCD display to show the date, time and weather, and a blue ring at the button like Amazon Echo’s to indicate that the device is functioning.
It is interesting that iHome’s doesn’t have its own alarm – it relies fully on Alexa’s alarm feature. In other words, users need to ask Alexa to set the alarm instead of pushing some alarm buttons.
Still, there are 14 buttons on the top of the alarm clock. Some are programmable via iHome’s app. Some are used to toggle iHome smart plugs or other Alexa-compatible plugs, or to start music stations.
The button with a star can be programmed to trigger wake-up or sleep control. For example, users can set up a wake-up group command which turns on all the lights and music, while the go-to-bed button turns everything off.
The alarm clock is not iHome’s first Alexa product. The company had released smart plugs supporting Alexa. The alarm clock is indeed the first of its kind with Alexa fully built-in.
Until now, the Amazon smart assistant has been integrated into lamps, TVs, refrigerators and thermostats of third-party manufacturers.
iHome’s alarm clock will sell for US$149 and it is expected to hit retailers in October.