Topic: Dynamic Alarm Clock
I heard about the Chumby today and was hoping that it would include a feature I've always wanted in an alarm clock. I haven't seen anything on this site that describes this feature. But, if the Chumby implemented this, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
I would love a clock that wakes me up based on current information, especially transit or traffic info. Let's say that I need to wake up at 7am to get to school/work by 8am on a normal day. However, if there is a power outage on my subway line causing delays of 30+ minutes throughout the system, I would either have to rush any sort of morning routine (shower/breakfast/etc) or be 30 minutes late. I would like an alarm clock to use real-time information to wake me up at a different time. If there are reports of 30 minute delays on my commute, I would like the clock to wake me up 30 minutes early and display the reason for the delay.
There is a 30 car pile-up at 6am on the freeway I use to get to work, rendering that route unusable for the rest of the morning. The clock, using Google Maps or something similar, maps the next fastest route to work, but that route requires 10 minutes more than my normal route on a normal day. So, the clock wakes me up 10 minutes earlier than I set, displays a warning about the traffic report, and shows me the suggested reroute.
When I was in high school, I set the alarm to wake me up at 7am every day so I can get to school at 8am. If school is canceled due to a snow day, I'd like the alarm to wake me up later (or not at all).
I'm sure people could come up with tons of other uses for an alarm that uses real-time data to set the time that it wakes the user up.