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Dream dock
November 8, 2015, 4:51 pm
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Beddi looks at first glance to be an average alarm clock smartphone dock, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve to elevate it above others of its ilk. Built by a team of international designers at WittiDesign, this $100 minimalistic dock houses an iOS or Android phone in landscape mode on the top, with recharging done via your own USB cable — you get a 2.1A port and a 1A port on the back.

But Beddi is really all about the companion app: Once paired up over Bluetooth, you can preset Beddi's three physical buttons to either call an Uber taxi, toggle a Spotify playlist, control the temperature on your Nest or switch on a Philips Hue light. Some of these can even be automated according to your desired schedule.

The dock itself also packs some goodies. You get a pair of 3W speakers that actually sound pretty good for the price, and they'll go nicely with Beddi's soothing ambient noise function or just the general music playback -- via either Bluetooth 4.0 or line-in at the back. For those who still use the old-school FM radio, Beddi has it as well. Thanks to the Google Maps integration, you can also wake up to voice-based weather plus live traffic information to get to work on time. Beddi also comes with two sets of LED lights: The one along the bottom edge serves as a 16-million color mood light, and the one on the back is a warm-white wake-up light to give you an easier start in the morning.

 

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