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    An early bird alarm

    Banish glaring gadgetry from your bedside. The Bird Clock, brainchild of Tokyo-based &Design, is an artistic and quite pleasant take on an apparatus that tends to be more utilitarian than inspirational. From the front, it’s simply a sleek, wood-paneled silhouette. Flip it around for a digital display and controls. This bilingual bird — it announces the time, date, and day in English and Japanese — can be programmed to wake you with a traditional alarm or gentle chirps and tweets.

    Bird alarm clock by &Design, $40 at