Mimicker Alarm - New Android app from Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a new alarm app for Android. The Mimicker alarm is a new offering from Microsoft Garage. It is much different from the regular alarm app you can find in the app stores. Let us make an attempt at understanding the brand new alarm app.

Alarms tend to be the most hated ones in the morning, yet widely used. We just set the alarm, and when it tries to wake you up - you snooze it or shut it off and go to sleep again. Not anymore - here comes the app that is bent on waking you up in the morning come what may. The Mimicker Alarm app from Microsoft is designed to wake you up at any cost. We will check the app out in the following paragraphs.

What is Mimicker Alarm app?

Mimicker Alarm is product of Microsoft Garage - which has come out with some outstanding Android apps like Invite, Send and Guardian. It is a free alarm clock app for the uninitiated.

So, it's an alarm app. And there are hundreds of them on app stores. What's so special about this Mimicker Alarm? Well, though it is one of those alarm apps, what sets it apart from the rest is how it does what it is supposed to do. It will not let you turn the alarm off until, and unless you complete the task it puts before you.

The app goes beyond the traditional alarm clocks. It forces you to perform a surprise task and you need to complete it before turning the alarm off.

How does it work?

The Mimicker Alarm will try to wake you up by making you play a simple game. You need essentially to mimic what the app is asking you to. And that's why Microsoft calls these games "Mimic". If you want to stop the alarm, you have to mimic the action.

The app gamifies the alarm action in a way. The Mimicker will bring up any surprise task. It may ask you to shoot something in a particular color, or to shoot a selfie. Until you do not perfectly mimic the action you have been asked to, the alarm will never go off.

Some more info on the developers

The app has been built as part of Project Oxford by Microsoft Garage. The Microsoft Garage is a community of interns, teams and staff from Microsoft that has come together to.share ideas and bring them into reality.
The Project Oxford is
" a platform of artificial intelligence APIs"
if you want me to use Microsoft's words. The app makes use of multiple APIs to get its tasks done. It uses Emotions API to play the selfie game, Speech API for the tongue twister game and Computer vision API for the color analysis game.

Some Salient features

Some of the unique features of the exciting app include -
  • Tutorial on the first run to help you understand the app.
  • You have multiple mimics to wake up each morning. This avoids monotonous mornings as with other alarm apps.
  • You can customise the alarm settings based on the day, time, mimic or snooze.
  • It lets you upload your own mimics.

Well, coming to the feature I mentioned above about uploading your own mimics - here is more information on it.
The codes of the Mimicker App are available on GitHub, and you can contribute your own mimics. You can reach it at github.com/microsoft/projectOxford-apps-mimickeralarm.

Any privacy concerns?

Well, the app needs your images, videos and such stuff to be uploaded to their servers. The images and videos you shoot as part of the mimic will thus be sent to the server. There could be reasons to suspect issues related to privacy.

Microsoft has issued an explanation for this concern. It has been stated that the uploaded data is sent to Project Oxford APIs to perform the tasks. Nothing more than that will be used for any purpose.

Microsoft has stated that <" the data you upload.... may be used by Microsoft for service improvement...To protect your privacy, we do not use any of the uploaded data to identify or contact you"
If you are still wary of your privacy being compromised, check their privacy policies.

Final thoughts

The Mimicker Alarm app from Microsoft is the best one when it comes to waking you up. It makes use of modern technology to complete it's task. For those who find it difficult to leave the pillow in the morning, you can download the app from Google Play Store. It is free - head on and try it out!

Article by Timmappa Kamat
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