Hitting snooze is too easy: just roll over and smack around until you hit a big button.
Yesterday, I hit the snooze button FIVE TIMES before my cat finally jumped on my head to let me know it was time for his breakfast. But a new Android app out of the Microsoft Garage makes you play games as a wake-up call.
Mimicker Alarm starts off like any other alarm app, with scheduled alert times and repeating alarms. But when those alarms go off, you don’t just hit a button; you unlock your phone and play one of three games. Each use the same tech that underlies some other Microsoft Garage blockbusters, like the age-guessing algorithm and the TwinsOrNot site.
The games include finding an object of a certain color, saying a tongue twister or taking a selfie with a certain expression. By using Microsoft’s Project Oxford machine learning APIs, Microsoft Garage was able to build a system that recognizes emotion and speech, and simulates computer vision.
Hopefully, that little bit of thinking forces your mind and body to get up a little faster, meaning you don’t have to set six alarms or worry about counting your snoozes.