CARROT Alarm Clock Eliminates the Need For a Stick

Fall is here, and with it is the annual return to having a schedule that necessitates getting up early. If you’ve been following the site for any length of time, you know I am decidedly not a morning person, and have been on a quest to find the perfect alarm clock since I was old enough to need one. Several times in the past I’ve thought I found the one, and I have always been wrong. This time could very well be different.

CARROT started as a To-Do app that goaded you into doing the things on your list by mocking you, shaming you, and in general being rude so you’d get off the couch and accomplish something. This new incarnation is an alarm, and while I can easily see it driving me up a wall, I can also see it actually getting me out of bed on time, and that’s pretty amazing.

Here’s how this works: You set your alarm, choosing from 30 different popular songs. Your alarm goes off, and you hit snooze. Wait. No, you don’t. There is no snooze. The only way to make it stop is to complete a series of tasks, all involving your phone. You might have to flip to mix a deadly neurotoxin, or shake to clean out the lab monkey cages, or (my personal favourite) pinch to grant sentience to a toaster. As you complete your assigned tasks, the app tracks your progress and awards points. Once you get enough points, you can unlock more songs, app upgrades, and it even has a collection of bedtime stories.

But there is no snooze. And you have to be awake and aware enough to read what task you’ve been assigned and accomplish it. By which time you’re awake enough you might as well haul yourself out of bed and start the coffee, because going back to sleep is not going to happen. However, if you do manage to sleep through the alarm, or fail in your given task, the app will “publicly humiliate you in front of all your closest social media friends.” I don’t know what that means, but I have an idea in my head that’s pretty darn funny.

Unfortunately, this is only available through the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 6.0 or later. However, it’s only $2.00 US for a new download with added content, or free as an upgrade.


Source: Gizmodiva

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