Microsoft’s Android alarm app turns waking up into a game

Microsoft has just announced a new alarm app for Android, but it’s not your everyday kind of mobile alarm clock.

Instead of just chiming out a tune at a set time to get you to wake up, Microsoft’s Mimicker Alarm instead wants you to play a game to make sure you stay awake.

It still chimes away like regular alarms, but then you get a choice of three games – color capture, express yourself and tongue twister – though you can choose which one to play.

Color capture has you finding an object and taking a photo of it to match the color it asks for, while express yourself asks you to take a photo of a facial expressions, for example, a shocked face. The third game, tongue twister, asks you to repeat a tongue twister.

And, perfect for serial snoozers, if you don’t play the game within 30 seconds of dismissing the alarm, it’ll assume you’ve gone back to bed and chime again – annoying, yet brilliant.

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Luckily, you can still snooze the alarm though, which gives you 5 minutes of napping before the alarm puts you through the paces again.

Machine learning

Microsoft says the app was developed through the company’s Garage project, which develops experimental apps.

Mimicker Alarm is also being used to show off the Microsoft Project Oxford’s machine learning, which powers the app and focuses on emotion, computer vision and speech.

With Mimicker, we are showcasing several different Project Oxford APIs,” said Allison Light, a program manager on the Project Oxford team, on Microsoft’s blog.

“Since we’re open sourcing all of the code, we thought an alarm app would be easy for other developers to read the code and see how we used the APIs.”

You can check Mimicker Alarm out in the video below.

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