The alarm will not get dismissed until you play a short game
Often get late for work because you snooze your alarm every morning? Well, Microsoft has the perfect solution for you. The tech giant has rolled out an Android alarm clock app dubbed “Mimicker Alarm” for all sleep lovers. It is unique because it gets dismissed only after you play a short game.
To stop the alarm from screaming, you will have to take a selfie that expresses the mood the app decides, or take a picture of an object that matches a specific color, or repeat tongue twisters such as "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" If you fail to complete the task within 30 seconds, the alarm will think you have fallen asleep and will start bugging you again. Fun but annoying, no?
The app is a Microsoft Garage Project that uses the company’s Project Oxford, which is a machine-learning technology that can recognize human emotions in a picture through Emotion API, identify colors via Computer Vision API, as well as determine if the user has repeated the given tongue-twister correctly through Speech API. The app works best when it is connected with the Internet; however, it works just fine even when it isn’t. Also, it allows you to share the results with your friends to show off your achievement every morning. Currently, the app is only available for Android devices that run on version 4.1 and above.
Microsoft has been coming up with some innovative apps under the banner of Microsoft Garage Project. In December 2015, the company launched “Microsoft Apps” for Android users. The purpose of this app was to allow users to browse through all Microsoft apps that exist on Google Play Store.
Recently, the company has been putting in more efforts to expand its services across platforms. Earlier this week, it rolled out Skype’s latest update that enables Android users to schedule calls from Skype on Outlook. Furthermore, it has also made it easy to access office documents within Skype with a single tap.