Talk-back clock

SAN FRANCISCO (03/09/2004) - Upon awakening, you may want to hear a weather forecast or a traffic report. Don't turn on the TV -- just ask your IClock, an Internet-connected alarm clock. The device accepts voice commands, so when you request the late-night sports scores, it gets the answer from your PC via your wired or wireless home network. The IClock reads information to you and also displays it on its screen. Personica Intelligence Inc. expects to ship the gadget later this year priced at around US$249.