Waking up is hard to do. Running late is no fun. Looking up to realize you just watched a few too many episodes of Downton Abbey is a little disconcerting. But the sting of these time-based quandaries can be quelled with a look at this bright geometric sunburst of a plywood clock, made by Chroma Lab.
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If you are like us, you probably have a tendency to check email or Facebook on your iPhone before you settle in for the night. Also, your iPhone probably doubles as your alarm clock. This alarm dock is the ideal bedside companion piece. The dock is made of sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood and is a modern nod to those faux wood grain casings we remember all too well. Download the free Areaware AlarmDock Clock app on your iPhone (available on iTunes App Store). Early morning has never looked so bright!
This clock doesn’t play videos, won’t show the latest NBA scores, isn’t a portable music device, has no access to the Internet, and will never fit in your pocket. Nevertheless, its charmingly straightforward functions are nothing but essential: When you need to know the time, any time, ABS will tell you—and if you ask it nicely, its old-school alarm will gently wake you.
The MiniDock’s simple and compact design frees up unsightly, dangling cords, so you can charge your iPhone, iPod or Shuffle in an upright position with ease. Freeing up precious counter and floor space—but also ideal for transportation hubs—it's a practical way to recharge your trusty Apple products.