Waking up in the morning is usually the worst part of our workdays. Not only do you have to go sit in traffic for long stretches of time and then work for 8 or more hours, but you have to leave the sweet comforts of sleep in order to do so. To show off their progress in the field of machine learning, you now have to play games to stop your alarm with Microsoft’s Mimicker app.
- The entirety of the code used in the new alarm app in open source
- Mimicker requires you to complete one of three types of games to stop the alarm
- The project was completed so that Microsoft can show off their machine learning capabilities
- Microsoft designed the app for Android
- The app is already available on the Google Play store
Despite the alarm clock practically becoming obsolete with all the new gadgets and devices that are replacing it, its function is still very much needed and depended upon.
Various alarm apps have been used by people worldwide, and they all have pretty much the same premise – select a ringtone and an hour, and you will be woken up by that ringtone at that certain hour.
Well, the team behind Microsoft’s new Mimicker app wanted to take that a few steps beyond.
The app features three modes, each requiring you to do certain specific tasks in order to turn off the alarm and go about your day.
What you can choose from when setting up the alarm is one of three ways you can stop it – color capture, express yourself, and tongue twister, each of them pretty self-explanatory.
Regardless of that, here is what each game type does.
The color capture mode requires you to find an object of a certain color in your room, and point the phone’s camera at it.
The express yourself mode requires you to mimic a certain facial expression at the camera, and it of course gives the app’s name.
Last but not least, the tongue twister mode requires you to say a certain tongue twister provided to you by the app.
If the game isn’t finished within 30 seconds of dismissing the alarm, the app will assume that you’ve fallen back asleep and it will begin ringing again.
With the app already available on Google Play, Android users can start “enjoying” the new alarm, as long as they like being annoyed into wakefulness. And the three modes will make sure you won’t be able to ignore it.