Yes, there's a time readout on the front of the TimeSphere's base, but that's not what you'll be looking at. Designer Stefano Giovannoni made the shiny black ball into a projector, shooting out the time to any surface you choose. Although the pic shows the projector floating like an orb, I think that's just to demonstrate it's wireless — the base charges the sphere through induction, so you could theoretically have the projector ditch the base after it's fully charged. Of course, then your clock would be in danger of rolling away. (Not bad for the excuse department, though: "Time literally got away from me.") Bonus: the time is guaranteed accurate, since the TimeSphere constantly calibrates itself with the atomic clock in Colorado. Nice, though as high-tech induction charging and atomic calibration are, I still want my time orb to float. Especially for $150.