Wake Smarter – The Voice Controlled Alarm Clock App ($ 2.99) by Crop Duster Media
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
If you’ve got a case of Siri Envy because you’re too cheap to upgrade to an iPhone 4S, Wake Smarter might make you feel just a tiny bit better about setting your alarm when you go to bed. I’ve seen prettier alarm clocks out there but, in terms of features, Wake Smarter is probably the fanciest alarm clock you’ll ever meet!
The most obvious thing that’s different about this alarm clock is the Siri-like voice control option, but it’s also packed full of alarm options that range from funny to useful to just plain weird… unless you think it’s somehow normal to wake up to Facebook status updates.
When you set an alarm in Wake Smarter, you can add and queue up any number of “Alarm Actions” that include:
- Alarm sound – choose from internet radio, your Music playlists, or built-in ringtones
- Custom message – type it, record it, or choose from “celebrity” wake-ups done with hilariously bad voice impersonators who imitate Barack Obama, Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin, and others
- Today’s weather forecast
- Calendar events
- RSS news feeds
- Facebook posts
- Twitter posts
You don’t have to choose just one… you can use a bunch and arrange them in any order you want. Wake up to Siri-ish readings of the weather, then posts from your Facebook friends, then music… line ‘em up and hopefully one of them will get you out of bed. Setting the alarm with voice commands is easy enough, but it’ll take some practice before you can do it all with voice because Wake Smarter isn’t quite as smart as Siri and requires very specific voice commands to do everything.
I never thought I’d want or need any alarm clock outside of the default alarm built into iOS, but Wake Smarter is pretty cool! It also has some prank potential with its ability to play recorded messages at specific times, but that’s probably not what Crop Duster Media had in mind when they put this app together. This is definitely an interesting and versatile alarm clock.
|Visual Presentation||Looks pretty good|
|Ease of Use||Voice control will take some practice, but button-pushing is easy enough|
|Value vs. Price||I could see paying $ 3 for this, especially if I had a visual impairment|
|Overall||Unique, useful, and in many ways funny|
|App Name:||Wake Smarter – The Voice Controlled Alarm Clock App (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||$ 2.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Developer:||Crop Duster Media|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 4, iOS 5.|