I’ve never wanted to have a relationship with my alarm clock, but upon discovering that using my mobile phone to wake up is slowly cooking my brain into a cancerous mass makes me long for closeness with less dangerous devices.

Such is (one hopes, for it is not exactly analog) the Altaz Internet Clock radio, which tries so hard to be your best friend you may find yourself feeling guilty upon leaving it at home. It pulls pictures from Picasa and Flickr and displays them on its 3.5 inch touchscreen. Gives you the weather forecast. Plays music, videos, and accesses “all the Internet has to offer”.

Great, morning porn to go with my morning coffee.

It does all this through Wi-Fi, and it has an SD card reader, though I have no clue what someone would want to put into or take out of an alarm clock. The best part is it costs a measly $99, for a gender confused morning appliance that tries to be an iPad instead of sticking to playing cuckoo.

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