This Smart Speaker Doubles as a Pixel-Art Display, a Sunrise Alarm Clock, and More

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Divoom Smart

For most people, the most important feature of a Bluetooth speaker is sound quality, but if it's a device you plan on using every day, it should look just as beautiful as it sounds. The Tivoo-Max from Divoom Smart certainly fits that bill. Its pixel art canvas allows the portable smart speaker to also function as a notification hub, a sunrise-simulating alarm clock, and an animated screen.

Tivoo-Max's LED display includes 256 full-color pixels that you can use to create visuals to go along with your music. You can select a pre-made GIF to play with your music from Divoom's online art gallery, or you can animate one yourself on the device's companion app.

The combination of digital art and sound is great for parties, but the technology has practical applications as well. If you connect Tivoo-Max to your phone, you can enable it to display notifications like phone calls and social media comments.

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The smart speaker also works as an alarm clock. The pixels can be programed to get brighter gradually throughout the morning, simulating the natural effects of the rising sun. And if you have trouble falling asleep at night, just set the device to play white noise and display melatonin-inducing light waves.

Tivoo-Max recently launched an Indiegogo campaign, and currently has more than five weeks left to reach its $25,000 goal.

Buy it for $99 and up on Indiegogo, with shipping estimated for June 2019.

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Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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Babbel’s Language-Learning App Is 50 Percent Off for a Limited Time

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