HomeStyle: High-tech alarm clocks

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Every weekday morning — and sometimes on the weekend, too — men and women are jarred awake by alarm clocks, writes Tracy Rogers in HomeStyle.

Waking up this way — whether it’s to a caustic beep or tunes blaring on the radio — is a way of life. For most, it is an unwelcome necessity, but some new clocks offer features that could make waking up less alarming.

High-tech is in, and that includes high-tech alarm clocks. Today, sleepers can wake up to the soothing sounds of ocean waves, their favorite ’80s hits or just a gentle buzz. There are alarm clocks that will charge your cellphone, others that will shake sleepers out of a sound slumber and even one that simulates daybreak to wake sleepers “naturally.”

Written By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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FOR THAT: Kwikset, recognized by most homeowners as the makers of deadbolts, has teamed up with UniKey Technologies to make your smartphone unlock your front door.

Called Kevo, the technology is such the user doesn’t even need to remove the smartphone from his pocket when unlocking their door.

“The one-of-a-kind Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt allows for an entirely new interface for keys, using the latest Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 technology. The Kevo mobile app turns a smartphone into an electronic ekey, and allows the deadbolt to recognize and respond quickly to the touch of a finger, all while communicating seamlessly with the Kevo app in the background of the smartphone.”

Written By Bridget A. Otto, The Oregonian

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