Alarms are something that we have been hating since ages – be it the old bedside clocks or the cellphone alarm apps – they all have been subjected to our morning blues. Snooze button is the culprit. For most of us who want the extra bit of sleep, all we need to do is hit the Snooze button and it’s done. There are no dearth of alarm apps on the Play Store, but most of them are simply mimicking the classic alarm clock, albeit with different UIs.


The latest produce from the Microsoft Garage called the Mimicker Alarm promises to not only wake you up but also pull you out from the slumber. This app from Microsoft wants you to take a Selfie with a particular expression, find an object with a matching color and repeat some tongue twisters (Although I can’t manage this one even when I am fully awake!). You can choose from these three games and only after completing the test, the alarm would go silent.

So the game also needs to be completed within 30 seconds of switching off the alarm, in case you don’t do so the app is taught to assume that you have dozed back to sleep and will start sounding the alarm again. The good part is that you can choose the game and go with the one you are mostly comfortable with.

Mimicker alarm app is not something totally out of the box since Sleep as Android does the same only a tad bit better. That being said, it showcases the capability of Microsoft Machine learning setup. Allison Light, a program manager at Microsoft Project Oxford said “We are showcasing several different Project Oxford API’s, Since we’re open sourcing all the code, we thought an alarm app would be easy for other developers to read the code and see how we used the APIs.

If you don’t mind making faces at your phone every morning and run to fetch objects, then the Mimicker Alarm is the best bet for you.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.