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Shine Time on the Ceiling

 - Apr 7, 2008   Updated: Apr 6 2011
Oregon Scientific has put out two really cool retro alarm clocks. The projector alarm clocks feature a projector that shines the time on the ceiling. The clocks also feature atomic-clock synchronization and a temperature display with a wireless thermometer. Very creative.

Implications - Standalone alarm clocks may have taken a hit with the widespread adoption of mobile phone alarms, but product designers are fighting back by creating tech-savvy timepieces with innovative functionality. Alarm clocks that project the time in unusual ways or display weather information offer traits that mobile phone's can't match, cementing their relevance in a crowded niche market. These alarm clocks appeal most to geeks and gadget hounds who love to show off their technological savvy.