For an 85 year-old this is the traditional picture, imagine her surprise when she found out that you can buy a bedside clock that projects an image of the time on the bedroom ceiling. It’s not even necessary to turn your head and switch on a light to view the time — what’s more it doesn’t produce that annoying ticking sound, plus it automatically adjusts for summer/winter time (providing it has a time-reference radio link).
High time for a new alarm clockWith her brand new hi-tech alarm clock installed all went well for a while, but then came the day it was necessary to set the alarm time. To any millennial or even younger person this would not present too much of a problem, indeed they would consider it a failure if they needed to resort to the operating instructions at all — just playing with the buttons should be enough to work it out, no? For my mother’s generation it’s a different story; squinting at the instruction sheet with its tiny characters and seemingly nonsensical grammar was just too much. It wasn’t long before she had raked out her trusty wind-up alarm clock from the back of a drawer.
This was in the back of my mind when I spied the ‘3-way Display Alarm with 2.2" TFT’ by Olivier Croiset, which is available at various levels of build from the Elektor Store (as a ‘display only’, as a PCB, a programmed chip or as complete ready-assembled kit). After reading the article published in Elektor Magazine it all looked very promising and I thought, “This could be just what my mother needs and it looks pretty neat as well.”