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    Published: 2016-02-05, by .

    A unique way to make sure you get up in the morning

    8.1
    • It's useful
    • Unique concept
    • Clean user interface design
    • Dim lighting
    • Needs more puzzles

    "Time To Get Moving!"

    THE VERDICT

    Do you have a problem getting up in the morning? Old, boring standard alarms just not cutting it anymore? With Mimicker Alarm, you won't have a problem getting up. Instead of just hearing an annoying sound, you'll actually have to complete a task to turn the app off. Good luck going back to sleep.

    THE PROS

    This app is a unique concept and has lots of usability for busy and active people on-the-go. Having to solve puzzles to wake up is quite ingenious. It has a small footprint and a clean user interface design. It loads up quickly and performs reasonably well.

    THE CONS

    The lighting seems to be more dim than it should be. It would be nice if there were even more puzzles than there are.

    William

    by William

    Feb 05, 2016

    Description

    Mimicker Alarm, a Microsoft Garage Project, is a free morning alarm clock app that helps you wake up from sleep and stay up by playing a simple alarm game, called a "Mimic". To dismiss your alarm in the morning, you must mimic the action given. We might ask you to snap a selfie, speak a phrase, or even get out of bed! The Mimic games require you to be awake, alert, smart, and use your self and your surroundings, so be ready to move when your alarm fires.

    Watch out – if you don’t finish the game in time, we’ll assume you’ve fallen back to sleep and your alarm will start ringing again. Once you complete the Mimic and successfully dismissed your alarm, share your personalized results with your friends to show how you woke up and beat the clock.

    Features include:
    * First run experience to help you learn how to use Mimicker Alarm
    * Alarm customization for time, day, ringtone, snooze, and Mimic
    * Choice of snooze or dismiss for each alarm
    * Multiple Mimics to wake up every morning with: Match the expression, capture the color, complete the tongue twister, or shuffle between all three
    * Personalized images you can share with friends after each alarm

    Mimicker Alarm is a Microsoft Garage Project and we built it using Microsoft Project Oxford, a platform of artificial intelligence APIs. The Emotion API is used to power Express yourself – a game that requires you to mimic the emotion listed, the Speech API is used to listen to your attempt at our tongue twister challenge, and the Computer Vision API is used to analyze colors in a photo for our color capture Mimic. Mimicker Alarm works best when connected to the internet, but you are not required to be connected in order to use our alarm app.

    Images, audio, video, or other data that you upload when using Mimicker Alarm are sent to Project Oxford APIs in order to support the fun interactive activities included in the app. The data you upload, along with anonymous usage data may be used by Microsoft for service improvement purposes. To protect your privacy, we do not use any of the uploaded data to identify or contact you. For more information about Microsoft privacy policies, see our privacy statement.

    All of our code for Mimicker Alarm is available on GitHub where you can view the source, file issues, or even contribute your own Mimic. You can check out our repo here: https://github.com/Microsoft/ProjectOxford-Apps-MimickerAlarm. We want to hear from you – what can you build using Microsoft Project Oxford?

    The Garage turns fresh ideas into real projects. Learn more at http://garage.microsoft.com.

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