Reader Ann (in Reno) sent us in pursuit of a projection clock after she professed love for hers in a comment last week. Projection clocks throw a digital readout of the time onto the ceiling above your bed, or wherever you direct the projector. These clocks are a brilliant solution for the bedside tables of contact lens wearers, who otherwise have to fumble for their glasses in the dark. A sleepy pawing of the largish projection button, and voila, the time is projected onto the ceiling. You can quickly confirm that it's way too early to be awake with a minimum of rousing effort.
The clocks are all rather small, not much bigger than a travel alarm clock. There's even a simple model designed by Phlippe Starck that's on sale right now for $15. Other designs and models are available here.