Your phone is probably the smartest alarm clock you've ever owned, but if you're looking for a project that's a little more playful, Nick Triantafillou shares a smart alarm clock on Hackster.io that integrates Alexa, If This Then That, and more.
The way the system is set up, the Alexa voice control service is installed on a Raspberry Pi, which communicates with other services over the web automation tool If This Then That to trigger a news summary and starts boiling some water for morning tea.
Obviously, you'll likely want to customise this to suit your needs, but the foundation is here to do all sorts of fun things. Head over to Hackster.io for the full guide.
Time Machine [Hackster.io]