Alarm app makes you get up, take photos, stay awake

Android alarm app Sleep If U Can drags your lazy self out of bed and makes you practice your photography skills before it shuts off.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Sleep If U Can alarm app
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We've seen quite a few diabolical alarm clocks. One of the cleverest so far has been the Ramos clock, a device that makes you get out of bed, locate the disarm panel, and type in a code to shut it down. It's awesome, but also a little expensive, starting at $160.

For the price of free, you can get an Android app that has a similarly evil plan in mind for your morning. Sleep If U Can uses a photo matching system to make the alarm shut up.

Take a photo somewhere in your house. It could be the bathroom sink. It could be the coffee pot in the kitchen. When the alarm goes off, you have to get up, return to where you took the original photo, and take a new one to turn off the ringing. If the photos don't match up, it will keep going off, so you can't cheat.

If you really want to be weird, you could use a photo of the front of your house. Your neighbors will wonder at the sight of you stumbling outside in your pajamas every morning to take a fresh picture of your home.

Sleep If U Can isn't entirely heartless. There is a snooze function and you can choose to skip the photo requirement if you're traveling or just simply tired of hauling your butt out of bed to turn off the alarm.