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March 18, 2007

Speaking/Photo Travel Alarm


From the website:

    Recording/Photo Travel Alarm Clock

    Wake up to a familiar voice, not an annoying buzzer

    Compact folding travel alarm includes a built-in digital microchip that records a 10-second "message from home" and plays it back anytime at a push of a button or as the "alarm"!

    Recording will be preserved even if the four button batteries (included) are dead or removed.

    Change the recording whenever you like.

    Frame will hold a memorable 2-5/32" x 3" picture to go along with the voice.

    4" x 2-1/2" x 3/4" thick when closed.

    Matte plastic housing.

    5/8"-tall LCD digits.


Though not explicitly stated above, "recording will be preserved" even if you are "dead or removed."

I'm just saying.

In a science fiction novel by Greg Egan I recently finished, set around 2050, people have a revved-up iteration of this device: it's a cube which generates an interactive 3-D image of the person you choose.

The individual responds to you in her or his real voice and reacts to what you say with conversational replies and facial expressions that match what the person would have said and looked like if they were alive and there with you.

I want one of those.

Alas, you'll have to settle for this distant forbearer.


March 18, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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For parts of the year I call hotels in NYC and Boston home instead of Charlottesville, and I've been carrying around a framed photo of my dogs (my laptop screensaver is my wife) for a couple of years now. On top of that, I distrust hotel room alarm clocks.

So this might be the best recommendation I've seen yet on your site!



Posted by: Dave Donohue | Mar 18, 2007 11:24:02 AM

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