A digital clock replaces the old-fashioned hands on an analog clock with illuminated numerals. Digital clocks have evolved over the years to include projection features, as well as LCD and LED technology. Forbes reports that people have come to expect their technology resemble something from The Jetsons, and these clocks don’t disappoint. This year there have been a number of innovative digital alarm clocks; these are the top 10 for 2016.
1. Electrohome EAAC475W USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio
The Electrohome EAAC47W features a large LED display with projection capabilities and high-speed USB charging for your Smartphone or tablet. It also includes a backup battery and automatically adjusts to reflect daylight savings time.
2.Sony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock Radio
Besides being an attractive-looking clock, the Sony ICFC1PJ is very highly rated and has all the modern features of new digital clocks. It allows you to project the time from different angles, has a USB port, allows you to set 5 different relaxing nature sounds, and automatically adjusts to daylight savings time.
3. Large Blue LED Alarm Clock with USB Port from Overstock
This clock features a USB port for charging mobile devices and offers a four-stage ascending alarm for those who tend to hit the snooze button a few times. It includes an AC adapter and can also run on batteries.
4. La Crosse Technology (WT-5220U-IT) Projection Alarm Clock
This innovative clock projects the time and temperature inside and out. The numerals are big enough to see even if you have vision problems and are not wearing your glasses. The battery lasts up to 4 months and the time and date are updated automatically.
5. AcuRite 13131 Atomic Alarm Clock by Chaney Instruments
This atomic alarm clock not only shows an accurate time, it also displays the date, day of the week, and indoor and outdoor temperatures.
6.Iwake LCD Digital Atomic Alarm Clock
This clock has an attractive blue back-light, making it easy to see in even the darkest conditions. The clock includes a date and calendar display and runs on batteries, making it easy to move from one room to another.
7. iHome IBT97GC Bluetooth Stereo FM Clock Radio and Speakerphone with USB Charging
This product includes Bluetooth audio, built-in tones, buzzer, or FM radio for alarm options. It also allows you to send digital audio from most Bluetooth-enabled audio devices.
8. Apple Watch™ Sport 38 mm
$349 (prices vary)
This watch, which the New York Times reports to be “pointing to the future,” can be viewed in both analog and digital. In fact, the entire watch face can be customized to your liking. The watch includes a built-in alarm application that can also be synchronized with your iPhone or iPad.
9. Equity by La Crosse 30029 Large LED Alarm Clock
The Equity is one of the largest clocks in this list, and the numbers are probably the easiest to read in any light condition. The red LED lights are less distracting for those who have a hard time sleeping with the bright blue lighting of many clocks.
10. Emerson Dual Alarm Clock Radio (CKS9031)
The Emerson Dual CKS9031 keeps time precisely and accurately. It has a backup battery to ensure that you never have to reset the time after a power outage.
One of the most important features of a digital clock include the ability to run off battery, as those that run solely on electricity must be reset any time power is lost. Some of the newer digital clocks utilize a computer connection to automatically set the time accurately. And more innovations are yet to come.