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Stop snoozing and start using Carrot Alarm for iOS

Please Carrot, don't hurt 'em.

If you are the type to hit the snooze button repeatedly in the morning, then the Carrot Alarm for iOS might help you get out of bed quicker. This 99-cent universal app forces you to complete a series of gesture-based tasks in order to turn the alarm off, and should you hit snooze on Carrot, it'll return 10 minutes later with more difficult chores greater in number.

Carrot assumes the personality of a sarcastic robot. It wakes you with a number of different sounds and songs, and as you use the app, you unlock more features and sounds and songs.

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Setting Carrot's alarm is easy. Swipe up and down to scroll in 15-minute increments to set the wake time. You can also tap the gray arrows above and below the time to adjust the clock in 5-minute increments. Slide the button above the clock to turn the alarm on. The screen turns from white to black to let you know the alarm is set. You can tap on the current time to see for what time you have the alarm set. You can also slide the button above the clock to turn the alarm off.

Carrot instructs you to leave the app open with your iPhone (or iPad) face down and charging. The alarm will still go off if you turn your phone off, but you'll need to swipe to open it before you get to Carrot's chores.

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When the alarm goes off, you can either swipe up to turn the alarm off or swipe down to snooze for 10 minutes, which Carrot does not like. If you turn off the alarm the first time, you need to swipe, pinch, and shake your way through a short series of tasks. After a snooze alarm or two, Carrot may wake you up with less pleasing sounds -- it woke me after a snooze by repeatedly telling me, "You are ugly and you smell." -- and a greater number of more difficult tasks.

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Swipe to the left to access Carrot's settings and see a list of the features you can unlock by using the app. In settings, you can change time for the snooze alarm (2, 5, 10, or 15 minutes).

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I'm a blissfully heavy sleeper, and I found Carrot's various alarm sounds to be a bit too quiet, even at full volume. Then again, I have yet to unlock the Dubstep Torture feature, which might be just what I need in the morning to leap out of bed.

(Via Lifehacker)