Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

Summary: Half tablet, half alarm clock, Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock shows the direction the alarm clock is likely to go in the future.

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With smartphone alarm clock apps on the rise, the place of physical alarm clocks in 2011 is pretty uncertain at best. But Sony doesn't seem to have gotten that memo. Its latest product is the Dash Information Alarm Clock, a Wi-Fi-enabled sleep disruptor that takes cues from both smartphones and tablets.

Capable of running a variety of apps, the alarm clock can display news, sports scores, weather, and even content from social networks on its 7" touch screen. All of that information comes via the device's Wi-Fi connection, which makes the Dash feel more like a tablet and less like the LED-equipped bit of plastic that most of us have grown to despise.

Best, the clock features a built-in battery, allowing you to move it around your house without losing power. But with a battery life of 60 mintes, you probably won't want to keep it unplugged for long.

Slightly less great is the device's price. At $149, the Dash Information Alarm Clock probably won't replace your current alarm clock, and definitely won't take the place of your smartphone app. But it probably does give a pretty good indication of where the alarm clock is set to go in the future.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Laptops, Networking, Smartphones, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

    The alarm clock isn't going anywhere, namely because simplicity is good. Smartphones can also double as flashlights, yet you don't see those going away either. Fumbling around for a phone that got knocked off an end table (if you even have one) that's blaring an alarm isn't exactly conducive to a good morning. Give me something with big red numbers that won't blind me first thing in the morning and that I can actually find and we'll be cool.

    It should be noted that nobody will really buy this for the same reason. Alarm clocks need to be simple. If you want complex, get a tablet or computer.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

      @Aerowind

      I agree with you. Alarm clocks are a long way from being gone. Something like what Sony is doing is for those who don't sleep anyhow because they are addicted to being online and can't stay off it for more than 5 minutes without going through withdrawls. The only use I could see for it is having a weather report so you know how to dress for the day but there are always windows to look out to find out that information.
      Test Subject
  • RE: Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

    who fricken cares????
    ipadsucks
  • RE: Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

    very impressed with move-ability feature
    HORSECORN
  • RE: Sony's Dash Information Alarm Clock supports apps, Wi-Fi

    For people who have more money than good sense.
    cdhanks
  • Best Stupid use for $149 I've seen today

    If you really want one of these, wait until they go to the second tier discount houses where things that don't sell get dumped. I give it 6 months before it gets to CompUSA/TigerDirect.
    cwallen19803@...