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Topic # 223007 7-Sep-2017 16:43
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Backed this about a month ago and just got my Kello today and have been incredibly impressed with it. Basically it is a smart alarm clock that trains you to sleep better but has IFTTT integration too (see Here). Previously I have been using a Squeezebox Radio which seemed like a waste since I was not really using it for music and only ever used it as an alarm clock.

 

 

I was surprised that when I set it up I could Telnet into it to give me a root Linux shell - on further investigation the WiFi module running the Kello (called the Libre Sync) supports quite a few audio and video codecs (including FLAC!).

 

I stopped there for a bit - I wanted IFTTT so contacted their support and asked for the required beta access to their app and also thanked them for not locking it right down. I got a pretty interesting response to this:

 

If you're into hacking Kello further, have a look at this article from one of our backer who reversed engineered Kello. Happy to provide some hacking tips if you're interested.

 

Heck - another company who don't mind if people tinker with their products. Looking at the article it seemed pretty straight forward to push media to it so I tried with "style.flac" to see if it would play:

 

mmurphy@onix:~ $ printf "\n0p41uri:http\:\/\/192.168.2.4\/style.flac\r" | nc 192.168.2.115 4444

 

And, it does - the Kello is streaming a FLAC file from a webserver on the local network - neat! So something I can automate. I also got IFTTT access and have actions for when the alarm goes off, when I snooze it and when I turn the alarm off.

 

Incredibly tidy and well built product. I wish it had a backup battery but this is easy to fix (since it takes 12v DC). Just thought I'd post this as there appears to be a market gap of decent bedside clocks and took me a while to find something good.





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  Reply # 1860435 7-Sep-2017 16:52
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Doesn't look as though it would light the room up too much either?



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  Reply # 1860451 7-Sep-2017 17:02
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scottjpalmer: Doesn't look as though it would light the room up too much either?

 

Display auto dims at night (adjustable with how much you want it dimmed too):

 





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1860456 7-Sep-2017 17:10
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Nice

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  Reply # 1860457 7-Sep-2017 17:10
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How does the audio quality/volume compare to say Google Home?



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  Reply # 1860459 7-Sep-2017 17:16
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scottjpalmer: How does the audio quality/volume compare to say Google Home?

 

Doesn't have as much bass or volume (the Google Home has a good speaker and amp) but I also wasn't expecting much when I purchased given it is smaller than the Google Home and the speaker is also much smaller but really suitable as an alarm clock / general speaker and has exceeded my expectations.





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  Reply # 1860460 7-Sep-2017 17:18
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Cool ta



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  Reply # 1860471 7-Sep-2017 17:33
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@scottjpalmer just recorded a quick clip:

 

 

The clipping at the end was the phone and not the speaker - at 80% volume it is almost unbearable for me to be near and 50% is enough to fill an average bedroom.





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  Reply # 1860769 8-Sep-2017 11:38
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Pretty hard to establish real world volume etc but thanks

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  Reply # 1860889 8-Sep-2017 13:38
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This looks just like the sort of thing I've been on the look out for, thanks!  I'm assuming that it syncs using NTP (or a variant thereof)?




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  Reply # 1860892 8-Sep-2017 13:40
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wazzageek:

 

This looks just like the sort of thing I've been on the look out for, thanks!  I'm assuming that it syncs using NTP (or a variant thereof)?

 

Yep pings NTP. Takes the initial time settings (timezone, 12/24hr) from your phone when you first set it up.





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