PREVIOUSLY: I complained about my alarm clock.
Here is a sampling of clock designs recommended by readers and from the web that have interesting characteristics.
Giant LED Clock
While I don’t use an alarm clock, we do have a clock in our bedroom that I absolutely love simply because I don’t think about it much.
— Andre Torrez, http://notes.torrez.org/2011/10/clocks.html
Love the huge display.
Sony Dual Alarm Clock
it’s not beautiful, which matters, but it’s a pleasure to use which arguably matters more when you’re half-awake…
The ICF707 seems closest, but from the reviews and a quick look at the controls seems like it has usability problems.
Braun Travel Alarm Clock
An iconic modern design, and eminently functional.
Zen Alarm Clock
The Zen Alarm Clock’s long-resonating Tibetan bell-like chime makes waking up a beautiful experience — its progressive chimes begin your day with grace.
Now And Zen offers a number of clocks that focus on more natural sounds and designs.
This simple, easy-to-use alarm clock features large number displays, a backlight, snooze function, and 24-hour setting. When the alarm is set, large numbers display both the current time and the alarm time. The clock’s AM and PM indicators are visually distinct, and a lock on top prevents inadvertent changes in settings. Made of ABS plastic, glass, and steel; takes two AAA batteries (not included).
Note the feedback: by making the state of the clock and alarm visible and explicit there’s much less room for error.
Zeo Sleep Manager
Zeo is designed to help you analyze your sleep and improve it, so you can be your best every day. It’s composed of a lightweight wireless headband, a bedside display, a set of online analytical tools, and an email-based personalized coaching program.
Recommended by a friend of mine.
Menu system is easy to navigate, morning sounds are pleasing, buttons have different lines and ridges so you can change stuff in the dark… all buttons are on top and huge.
Next generation: Zeo Mobile Sleep Manager
Philips Hf3470/60 Wake-up Light
A more natural approach to waking with a simulated sunrise.
Bose Wave Radio II
The Wave® radio II is our latest version of the radio that changed people’s idea of a time-honored medium. Digital electronics and updated speaker technology allow this innovative table top radio to deliver more accurate audio with deeper lows. And its uncluttered design makes it welcome in almost any room.
The remote provides a control mechanism that can be reasonably labeled.