These days most people my age check the time and weather on their smartphone. For me, that’s an iPhone and/or whatever Android phone I happen to be testing that week (Nexus 6P this week). But… sometimes it’s nice to set my phone aside and breathe a little bit. Sometimes it’s nice to do things a little more “old school.” And that notion is what led me to the Oregon Scientific PROJI Projection Clock and Weather Station (click here for more products from Oregon Scientific).
I’ve been cutting back on my digital distractions lately. I’ll write up a more in-depth post on that soon, but suffice it to day that apps that don’t help me accomplish something significant in the day have been banned from my home screen and devices (including my iPhone and Apple watch, among others) aren’t reachable by me once I’m in bed. So how the heck can I see what time it is at night or when I wake up? And how can I tell what the weather is going to be like before I get up for the day (important info to know here in Colorado)?
For me, this is precisely where the PROJI comes in handy. It gets it’s name from the fact that it can project the time on the ceiling or on a wall. So, while I’m laying there in bed I can know exactly what time it is. A secondary function, at least for me, is being able to see what the hyper-local weather is like outside (as in right outside rather than just in my zip code).
Even though the PROJI feels low-tech compared to lots of gadgets I own and use on a daily basis, there’s still something cool about seeing the time projected in red digits on the wall. And yes, I aim the PROJI at the wall, rather than the ceiling, because there are certain times I don’t want to know what time it is (like when I wake up in the middle of the night). When the time is on the wall, though, it’s there to be glanced at when I need or want to but doesn’t hover right in front of my eyes all the time.
Is it useful? Better than a normal bedside clock? Ya, in some ways. Because the light the time displays in is red, you can 1.) see it clearly at night (and during the day) and 2.) it’s not too bright at night. That said, the clock lacks some features a modern person might want on their bedside table like a speaker for music or USB ports for charging devices more conveniently.
In terms of design, the PROJI looks kind of outdated; sort of like it’s stuck in the late 80’s or early 90’s. It doesn’t look modern. But that’s okay: you’re not buying it for it’s looks as much as you’re buying it for the simple fact that it can project the time onto your wall or ceiling (and can also tell you the weather).
The weather functionality is simple. There’s a little beacon you can stick outside (it’s mountable) that lets you know what the temperature outside is. And it works just fine.
At the end of the day if you’re looking for a simple alarm clock or weather station (perhaps because like me, you want less blue light and time sinks near your bed) the PROJI can be a good choice. It’s of high enough quality that it will last for several years no problem. And there’s something about seeing the time on the wall that really is pretty cool.