February 7, 2008

Know Thy Time Using SmartClock

How often do you wish you could be notified of the time, only to find yourself in a difficult situation? You could be caught up at work or busy driving your car or reading an important news story in the paper or just too lazy to look at your alarm clock. It can happen to the best of us. This is where SmartClock factors in. As the name suggests, SmartClock is an intelligent talking clock that can read out the current time without ever requiring a keypress, using your S60 3rd Edition phone's built-in text to speech-engine. It can do this via two unique ways:
  • Whenever it is brought into the foreground
  • After the user has specified a time delay
The best part is that SmartClock, apart from being completely free, is fully configurable and doesn't require any extra keypresses to work.

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Once you have SmartClock up and running, whenever you wish to know the current time, simply switch to the SmartClock window and it will read out the time for you automatically. It's as simple as that.

On the other hand, if your phone is a bit out of reach (say, on a bedside table) and yet you wish to know the time after every half hour or so, just specify a delay (in seconds), and SmartClock will continue updating you with the time without fail, after the delay you have specified earlier. Valid values for the delay can include anything -- from as little as 10 seconds to an entire day! Further details are provided in the Help section of SmartClock.

Compatibility:

Compatible with all S60 3rd Edition phones, including Nokia 3250, Nokia 5500 Sport, Nokia 5700, Nokia 6120 Classic, Nokia E61i, Nokia N73, Nokia N80, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8GB, Nokia N82, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8GB etc

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P.S All the required files are provided below. There is a separate file with detailed instructions included in the download.

- Note that you need to install Python first to your device's Phone Memory. If you already have Python installed to Phone Memory, skip this step and install SmartClock.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it intelligent enough to speak in languages other than english?

Taha M said...

As this uses the device's built-in text-to-speech capabilities, it isn't able to speak the time in other languages, unfortunately. But I guess English isn't all that bad.

Anonymous said...

it works pretty good with my n73 thank you very much.
I have Request. can you do the same app with a simple beep tone.
thanx in advance
greetz from germany
with regards
Paul

Taha M said...

Hey Paul! Thanks for writing in. Nice to see that it's working for you :)

By a simple beep tone, I assume you're referring to a beep played right before the time is spoken out aloud?

I'll definitely keep your request in mind for a future release. Let me know the kind of tone that you're looking out for.

Anonymous said...

Thanx for your answer. Not the beep with time. Only the beep because im a physicaltherapist and I have to switch every 20 minutes the patient. So i need this as a reminder. The beep ist more friendly and speaking Time disturb my treatment.
Have a good time

Time Travel said...

Thanks,
it's work nice in my nokia 5500. but why the sound is so weak, I almost cannot hear anything.

Chester said...

HapiBlogging to you my friend! Have a nice day!

The Weekender said...

Hey great app, this is just what I was looking for & it will be great when walking or mowing lawns or something.
A couple of suggestions. It looks like when I set the delay seconds, the old value isn't retained - which would be great. Also functionally I personally would prefer e.g. every hour, but on the hour, rather than just 1800 seconds from the last reading.
And I'm not certain but it seems to be getting the time slightly wrong. My phone was showing 10:41 and it was saying 10:42 - not a big deal by any means though. Thanks!

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