iPhone robot is an alarm clock with attitude
Tim-e is a robotic iPhone alarm clock that dances and gives you lip. Won't that get you out of bed?
For the snooze kings and queens of the world, an even more annoying alarm clock is a must. Well, here's a droid with a "hilarious personality" that looks like it needs a good kick.
Tim-e is an iPhone dock with arms and legs. It wriggles and dances and is generally annoying. But that's the whole point.
The subject of a Kickstarter campaign that's aiming for $150,000, Tim-e (pronounced "Timmy") uses your iPhone screen as an animated face.
In the promo video below, it has a blue, animated mug and puts on a snarky routine. It recalls the genie from Disney's "Aladdin."
While charging your iPhone or iPod, Tim-e can wake you up (thankfully it has a "progressive" alarm), play tunes from your music library, tell you the weather or traffic conditions, record voice reminders, and challenge you with brain teasers.
Of course, you can swap Tim-e's face for any photo you like and it will say anything the bot is programmed to say.
The campaign, organized by California-based startup Nuts and Voltz, is offering the robot to early backers for $60, with delivery expected in January.
We've seen plenty of other, but Tim-e might be perfect for kids and people who can't drag themselves out of bed in the morning. I hope it's made of sturdy plastic so it can survive the inevitable assaults from tots and snoozers.