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The voice-activated and speaking alarm clock -- an idea whose time has come...
One problem with the current model of MOSHI is that while it issues its wake-up alarm, if one speaks a command or touches the panel and says a command, that command is ignored. What's worse, MOSHI then proceeds to go through a loud soliloquy to announce a menu of things which its victim is obviously loathe to hear at that time. This, I'm sure this would be an easy software fix -- to make MOSHI stop doing that, after it has been touched -- and to then process a new voice command.
MOSHI often alarms when I'm positive that I had told it to "Turn off the
alarm". Furthermore, MOSHI's alarm often activates at times that I never
My first MOSHI broke after six monthes, flashing its colored backlight LEDs non-uniformly and intermittently, but it was replaced because I had bought it from Hammacher Schlemmer.
I had started to give this some thought in the early 80's -- how to make a voice-activated alarm clock. My thought, using the Apple-II computer to simulate its workings was to use a limited-vocabulary -- a small subset of verbs and nouns that when spoken in a grammatical sequence, would cause some action. MOSHI 's approach is different and it's a good trade-off, I think.