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Dotti is the Bedside Clock of the Future

All pixelated, Dotti might look retro, but make no mistake—this is the bedside clock of the, uh, near- to mid-term future. Let’s not go too overboard. But, until we get holographic displays or ocular implants with HoloLens technology in like 10 or 15 years, you can get down with this customizable LED grid to get notifications, the time, or a Space Invader.

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Dotti’s square face has an 8 x 8 grid of LED lights, and you can get a lot of mileage out of that grid. Using an Android or iOS app and a Bluetooth connection, you can have Dotti display a number of things, including notifications. Dotti can display the corresponding app icon for notifications, including Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Whatsapp, Twitter, and a several others, including those specific to iOS. If you just leave Dotti as a notification machine, it’ll last around 720 hours on battery life.

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If you leave Dotti in always-on mode, you’ll only get about five hours of battery life, so you’d probably want to have it plugged in at all times. In this case, you can have Dotti display the time, be an equalizer for music playing from your phone, or display your own custom designs or animations—so, better start looking to the past for a good pixelated character. Brownie points to whoever gets a good Sinistar up first. The colors of the lights can be adjusted on a spectrum, so you’ve got a virtually unlimited palette to work with.

If you’re really bored, you can also play a dice game on Dotti by shaking it, but if that’s the case for you, just let me know. I can suggest some books to read? I don’t know, I hear the new Avengers movie is good. You could see that, too.

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You can order Dotti from Witti Design for $80, and the companion app is free.