I own a Flurry Ambient Weather Clock Radio. I’ve had it since @ 2009 and it has worked like a champ. dual alarms, 2 day weather for anywhere in No America, decent radio and a great GUI design paired with an almost Dieter Rams industrial design.
The weather feed comes from Accuweather and the daily weather description comes from well, somewhere else. It’s usually spot on and more than often cleverly worded almost pithy descriptions of the day to come. Well, as of January 01 a new message was displayed and it read:
"B’Nell Offline 12 31 19"
Did B’Nell quit on New Years Eve? Was is it downsizing? Is B’Nell an AI that became self aware on New Years Eve and decided to try something else? Did somebody get tired of typing?
The Flurry has been out of production for a several years but the same service is used by other devices sold by Brookstone and Bushnell. Not any more it seems.
A sad day in IoT land.