Some people can bound out of bed the second their alarm goes off while others of us have to hit snooze a few times and muster a surge of willpower to face the day. For the second group, Microsoft thinks it has something to help.
It just released a new alarm clock app called the Mimicker Alarm. And to shut if off you have to complete one of three "games." See if you think you could do these while just waking up.
The first task is to make a particular facial expression that the app asks for; the second is to find an item in your home that matches a color on the screen; and the third is to say a tongue-twister. If these sound a little out there, it's because the app is actually showing off Microsoft's Project Oxford machine learning system. That's how it can actually see and hear what you're doing.
According to Allison Light, the Project Oxford program manager, the app is actually not as strict as other alarms. You can still hit snooze to pause the "game" for five minutes.
If you choose to try the game, then you have 30 seconds to complete it or the alarm starts up again, because the app assumes you've fallen asleep. You can also choose the alarm sound and the game in advance.
If you have trouble getting up in the morning and want to give Mimicker Alarm a try, there's a slight catch. It actually isn't available for Windows or Windows Phone. Nope, it's posted in the Google Play store, which mean it's Android only.
If you want a more traditional alarm clock app, check out Morning Kit (Android, Apple; Free). Part of the problem could also be you aren't getting good sleep. Learn how tech can help you sleep better.