Based on some other projects I've been working on (BlueBell), I used the idea of rss-driven text to speech combined with cron job built on a Chumby Hacker Board, crammed it inside a cheap alarm clock and Viola! Enter the AlarmTock.
After the break you can here a quick sample of the output. It's not quite Tony Stark's 'Jarvis' yet, but it's a step in the right direction. Currently only does weather and top headlines, but I'm working on Facebook updates, personalized TV lineups, and todo lists.
(more after the break)
(here's the link to the wav, since the embedded is being flaky)
Here is the code written in python (not pretty yet...still playing):
For this to work you'll need to build the following from source:
Here's the build. All I did was wire the headphone hack of the Chumby directly to the alarm clock's speaker.
|blue wire is just just headphone cord soldered to the alarm clock speaker|
|dremeled out a hole for the chumby power supply|
|...and a hole for a usb wifi adapter|