If you have trouble getting up in the morning, Nick Hardeman's "Morning Monster" may be what you need. It's an Arduno-based digital clock fitted inside a plush monster toy, that has the usual time and alarm functions (plus some nice customised characters for the LCD module). However as a bonus the clock remotely controls a motor that can open or close horizontal blinds - thus helping you wake up by exposing the daylight. It's a simple but fun project, and Nick explains further in the following video:
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