Sony breathes new life into the clock radio

A new gadget combines the traditional bedside clock with a cell phone dock and charging station

If you listen to conventional wisdom you might think the traditional bedside clock radio was on its way out, since in many homes cell phones now rouse the sleeping from their beds. But a new gadget from Sony seeks to keep alarm clocks on the night table while bringing convenience to cell phone users.

The ICF-C8WM, unveiled on Wednesday at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin, is an LCD bedside clock radio with cell phone dock.

A large digital clock occupies the center of its round face, and a Sony Ericsson cell phone or Walkman can be plugged into a connector on the right-hand side of the device.

This not only charges the phone, replacing the charger and cable that many keep next to their bed, but also means it's possible to wake up to music stored on the handset. For those who use their cell phones as music players this could be a good thing.

Pricing for the AM/FM clock radio wasn't announced at IFA, but Sony's Canadian Web site lists it for C$99.95 (US$90).

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Martyn Williams

IDG News Service

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Sony digital beside "multimedia" pod

Bought one and placed a cover over it on the second night, because it is so damn bright it lights up the room, even with dimmer selected. Great for kids needing a night light. Otherwise great. A little fiddly docking the iphone/pod. Setting the controls DID require the manual. And, umm, it comes with a remote control. Suppose if your bed is miles away from the Sony I guess. Sound quality and CD player under clock-face not bad at all. I am in Australia, so pricing was a bit rich.

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