Last week, we hit a nerve with several readers on our poke at the alarm clocks some hotel chains have installed in their rooms in an attempt to exude a sense of cool. The only problem is, it isn't cool if it takes a manual for the guest to figure out how to set the alarm.
The reason that the Macintosh was "insanely great" 30 years ago was that it combined (for its time) never before seen design with an interface that was instantly intuitive. THAT is what made it so cool.
The stylish Umstead Hotel & Spa in the Greater Raleigh Region gets that...and offers not just an alarm clock, but a total room control station on its nightstands (click to enlarge image). Like an iPad touch screen, the options are a breeze for controling lighting (including the "mood" option) and the alarm. Current and future weather conditions are clearly displayed and a news headline crawl keeps insomniacs informed.
Insanely cool...because it works.