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+ By Stephens Labs, LLC

Simple, unobtrusive chimes to help you keep track of the time.

Just beeps, not a musical fanfare, so that you're not embarrassed in public! (For fancy chimes, I'd recommend Bellman)

Tones at the top of the hour help you brush up on your binary too :). Some notes on how to decode the binary tones are below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Need to open app and press "Start Chimes" on first install.

About the "prevent phone from sleeping" permission: This is just to keep the phone awake for a couple of seconds every 15 minutes, long enough to play tones. It shouldnt impact your battery life, and shouldnt make your screen turn on.

~~~ Binary tone notes ~~~
Here's how you can decode the time from the tones.
First, there is a low tone to let you know the sequence is coming.
Then there will be 4 tones that represent the hour number in binary (or 5 if you have a 24hr clock enabled)
A high pitch tone is a "1" and a medium pitch tone is a "0", and it counts from high bits to low bits.
If you're not a programmer, that will sound overly complex, but it's not so bad when you get used to it.
Here are some examples:

1 oclock in 12hr clock mode:
medium medium medium high = 0 0 0 1 = 1

1am (01:00) in 24hr clock mode:
medium medium medium medium high = 0 0 0 0 1 = 1

2 oclock in 12 hr clock mode: medium medium high medium = 0 0 1 0 = 2

11 oclock in 12 hr clock mode: high medium high high = 1 0 1 1 = 11 (=8*1 + 4*0 + 2*1 + 1*1)

20:00 in 24 hr clock mode: high medium high medium medium = 1 0 1 0 0 = 20 (=16*1 + 8*0 + 4*1 + 2*0 + 1*0)

and so on.

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Recently changed in this version

-Modified quiet time settings to work with "24 hour" clock mode appropriately (thanks Dr. Andres!)

-**Note for IceCreamSandwich phones**: there seems to be sound problems with this app (and many others too), where there is garbage at the end of tone playback. Am hoping Google with issue a fix. Until then, wont sound right on Galaxy Nexus etc phones.

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Comments and ratings for HourlyChime
  • (62 stars)

    by Artur Tsaturyan on 10/05/2014

    I loved this machine! But for some reasons it stopped working.

  • (62 stars)

    by David Coleman on 19/02/2014

    I've been using this app for months with no problems until I upgraded my Note 2 to Android 4.3 last week. Now, occasionally, the hourly tones do not sound but I hear the phone speaker make a click on the hour. This does not always happen. Mostly I hear the hour tones Ok. This issue is definitely related to the 4.3 upgrade.

  • (62 stars)

    by Ann Leong on 13/07/2013

    I can't set a chime time that skip afternoon nap time. Would have prefer that this app let me set the chime time

  • (62 stars)

    by Stephanie Frickey on 24/03/2013

    Just stopped working..

  • (62 stars)

    by G- ka on 18/03/2013

    best one of its kind, no doubt. thank you

  • (62 stars)

    by Martin Audley on 06/02/2013

    Works perfectly on my Galaxy Note. Unobtrusive, and a much simpler, easy-to-use, user interface than other alternatives that I've tried.