Most of us aren’t independently wealthy and are forced to wake up and go to work every morning. Whether you like your job or not, there are few sounds on Earth worse than an alarm clock’s beeping.
Witti hopes to make your morning a little less dreadful with the Beddi intelligent alarm clock.
The front of the BEDDI is covered entirely with the type of fabric commonly found on speakers. The top, left corner has a small triangle with the companies name imprinted on it.
When the clock is plugged in, the time is seen through the fabric.
The top of the clock contains all of its controls and a smartphone holder.
On the left you have three smart buttons, in the middle you have the snooze/dimmer button, and to the right you have the audio controls.
The play/pause button also serves as the alarm off and Bluetooth connection button.
The rear of the clock contains the wake-up light, a micro USB service port, the power port, an AUX/FM port, and two USB inputs.
The entire bottom of the clock is a mood light; it also contains some brand and model information.
Setting up the BEDDI is very easy. You plug in the clock, download the app, and follow the instructions.
First, you select your BEDDI from the menu and click connect. Next, you choose between 12 or 24 hour clock mode, and which temperature scale to use. After that, you choose the services you want to use with the clock.
After selecting the service you want to use, you login and set them up.
Next, you choose what you would like the smart buttons to do. Each of the smart buttons is capable of performing 3 actions: a single press action, a double-press action, and a long-press action.
You can choose from the above actions for each smart button; although, there may be others available if you have Nest, Wemo, or Lifx.
After you’ve selected how you want to use the smart buttons, you choose the basic alarm settings, the way you want the music controls to function, and complete the registration information.
That’s all there is to setup; it’s a very simple process.
After setting up the alarm clock and opening the app, you will be met with a dashboard of sorts.
The dashboard provides a lot of information, including whether any alarms are set, the weather, a traffic map, and access to several of the alarm clock’s functions.
In case it’s not obvious, the black squares in the above screenshot are my doing; I didn’t want the entire internet to know exactly where I live.
From the dashboard, you can access a slide-out menu which contains the alarm clock’s controls and settings.
You can also change how the smart buttons function or re-run the setup wizard.
Selecting “alarm” from the menu brings you to the above screen, where you can adjust the various alarm settings.
Additionally, from the slide-out menu you can access and adjust the clock’s main settings.
While using the Beddi, I found it to be very easy to use, but only quasi-reliable.
When I first attempted to set up the clock I experienced Bluetooth issues. The connection would repeatedly drop and the app would randomly restart. I reached out to Witti support and they explained how to update the firmware on the device.
After updating the firmware, the Beddi worked flawlessly for a few days, but I again began to randomly experience Bluetooth issues.
Aside from that, almost all of the functions worked perfectly. All the smart buttons worked exactly as designed, I was able to turn off a Phillips Hue light with the push of a button, order an Uber by holding down a button, and find my phone when lost.
Using the white light and mood light was also a delight. I could use both for ambient light, or I could play music via Bluetooth and have the mood light change colors according to the beat.
The FM radio worked wonderfully; it picked up all the stations I listen to the most, and then some.
All that being said, not everything functioned perfectly. Along with the Bluetooth connection issues, I discovered a few other negatives while testing the clock.
The first issue is with the Beddi’s integration with Phillips Hue.
As I said before, I was able to control a Hue light with the push of a button; the Beddi also has a feature where the Hue is supposed to turn on with an alarm. This function is listed under “Wakeup Action” in the alarm menu. Unfortunately, no matter how many times I tried, I could never get my Hue light to come on with an alarm.
The second issue isn’t a performance issue, rather a bad choice I think Witti made.
The Beddi works with Spotify, and I found the integration to be error free….
….As long as you have a Premium account.
I don’t have a Premium account, but Spotify does offer a free trial. I signed up for the trial and found everything worked perfectly, but as soon as the trial period ends, you can no longer use the Spotify features.
This isn’t a deal-breaker, but I believe Witti should offer integration with one of the dozens of free music apps available through the various app stores.
Every other function worked exactly as expected. I was able to listen to Spotify (until my free trial ran out), order an Uber with the push of the bottom, have the weather announced when my alarm went off, etc.
After testing the Beddi, I came away pretty ambivalent towards it. Nothing about it really blew me away; at the same time, nothing about it stands out as truly awful.
The Beddi performed okay. I had some Bluetooth issues, and the Hue integration didn’t work perfectly, but for the most part the Beddi functioned properly. It’s just that I think most features can be replicated on a smartphone with a couple app downloads and some ingenuity.
If the Beddi wasn’t $99.00, I think I would be less hesitant to give it a thumbs up, but at that price, I feel it should function flawlessly.
As it stands, if you have $99.00 burning a hole in your pocket and have a need for something like this, you probably won’t be disappointed; however, if you’ve been getting by using your smartphone as an alarm clock, there isn’t a great reason to spend the money on the Beddi.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Witti. Please visit their site for more information and Amazon to order one.