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The Brief
Published: 1 Nov 2016

Bonjour: Smart Alarm Clock

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Bonjour

Bonjour is a voice-controlled and AI-enhanced alarm clock that acts as a personal assistant. The smart device learns and anticipates users’ needs over time, responding to verbal commands with a human voice and in natural conversation.

The clock can either wake users up at a set time or respond conditionally, checking everything from the traffic to the weather to suggest an alterative time to get up, leave for work or snooze. Conditional alarms are set using a simple "if" command – for example: "Wake me up tomorrow at 7am if the weather is good, if not let me sleep."

The device integrates with users’ digital calendars, fitness devices and smart home systems, sending reminders about meetings, suggesting exercise or automatically adjusting the thermostat or lighting. Bonjour also comes with a video screen where users can save private recorded video messages for each other, or live stream video from linked-up home security or baby monitors.

Created by French start-up Holi, Bonjour launched its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign late last week. The device is available for $109 and shipping is expected from June 2017.

With its human-like interaction, sharp artificial intelligence and a customisable service role, Bonjour adds to the growing trend of connected products that promise more seamless living than ever before. For more on the robots set to enhance domestic life in the future, see IFA 2016: Home Electronics.

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