This is what I’d like in a clock.
The clock should set itself by default, and never need setting except in the rarest of cases.
Instead of a dream shattering buzzer to start the day, a more pleasing chime that slowly increases in loudness over a minute.
Soothing Large Blue LED Display
A cooler color than the harsh warning-like red so common in these devices, with a continuos (rather than discrete) setting for brightness.
The current time, displayed in 12 hour + am/pm, along with a smaller secondary display of the alarm time to its left in 12 hour with am/pm. When the alarm is off, the alarm time is not displayed, and instead an indication the alarm is off.
Controls That Make Sense
Controls on the side of the device, so you can see the results of your changes on the front of the clock, rather than the back.
On the top of the device: a large snooze button covering most of the device, and a switch to turn the alarm on and off.
On the left of the device:
- a switch between automatic and manual time setting.
- a dial below that to adjust the time manually. One full rotation changes the clock’s time by 12 hours
- a vertical slider to change the brightness
On the right of the device: * to the side a dial to adjust the alarm time. One rotation changes the alarm time by 12 hours
Aesthetics and Design
I have some ideas around that too, but I’m more concerned about the controls.
Critic vs Creator
Over the past year I’ve made an attempt to focus on creation rather than critique, but I think criticism is necessary for better creation.
The point is: this is on the list of things to try and make happen.