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9 fiendishly clever alarms guaranteed to get you up in the morning

Feb 6, 2016, 1:35 AM
Getting up in the morning is a struggle for many of us, but the right alarm can make it less painful.
There are a wide variety of apps and gadgets tailored to wake you exactly how you'd like in the morning. Maybe you're someone who needs a brutal alarm that prevents you from hitting the snooze button a million times, or one that forces you out of bed. Or maybe you want a gentler, elegant alarm, or one that gives you a little affirmation in the morning.
Whatever you need at the start of your day, these 9 innovative alarms will give it to you. From apps that force you to literally walk to stop them, to ones that stop you from having to fumble around for your phone, these are the best high-tech alarm clock solutions out there:

Walk Me Up won’t stop until you start walking.

Walk Me Up is an alarm that doesn't stop until you start walking. It's a neat trick to get you out of bed, and hopefully once you're up you won't just jump right back in. But before you use this app please note that your phone can’t be in silent mode and you have to have notifications enabled.
Price: Free (iOS)

SpeakToSnooze lets you talk to your alarm instead of fumbling around for it.

This alarm has voice control so you don’t have to fumble for your phone to either snooze your alarm or turn it off. Simply say “snooze alarm” to snooze it or “alarm off” to shut it off completely.
Price: Free (iOS)

Uhp tells all your Facebook friends if you don't get up.

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Uhp’s unique feature is that the app can be set to shame you on Facebook or Twitter if you don’t get up. You can set it to post if you don’t walk away from your bed (with your phone), which is how Uhp determines whether you are up or not.
Price: $1.99 (iOS)

Alarmy makes you take a picture of a certain object to make sure you're up.

Alarmy is a brutal alarm app that forces you out of bed. You can set it to only turn off if you take a picture of an object in your room — let’s say the sink in your bathroom. And there is no snooze button.
Price: Free (Android), $1.99 (iOS)

Sleep Cycle is an alarm that optimizes your rest time.

Sleep Cycle
The goal of Sleep Cycle is to wake you up at the optimal time. You set a window of time (30 mins, an hour, and so on), and the app monitors your sleep cycle to wake you up at the time the maximizes how much rest you actually get. At least that’s the theory.
Price: Free (iOSAndroid)

Rise is the most elegant alarm clock app.

Rise is one of the most-beloved alarm clock apps out there. The minimal alarm clock app is beautifully designed and takes advantage of gestures, making it very easy to pick and choose a time to wake up. Even better, you have the ability to set progressive alarms, repeating alarms, and even wake up to your own music.
Price: Free (iOS)

Barcode Alarm lets you set up a series of alarms for your morning routine.

Barcode Alarm’s innovation is that it makes you scan a barcode to turn off. You can set a series of alarms for things you have to scan to make sure you are getting through your morning routine: toothpaste, then cereal or coffee, then perhaps a random item you keep in your car. It’s great for keeping you on track.
Price: Free (iOS)

Snap Me Up wakes you up with a selfie.

Snap Me Up makes you take a selfie to turn it off. These pictures will be saved in an album called sleepy snaps so you can see a fun series of portraits of what you look like first thing in the morning — and then maybe delete them all.
Price: Free (Android)
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BONUS: Ruggie is an alarm clock mat you have to stand on to turn off.

Ruggie is an alarm clock mat that literally makes you get out of bed. You put the mat by your bed, and it won’t stop ringing until you step on it, at which point it will talk to you, providing you with some custom motivational words.
Price: $79 (Kickstarter)
Special recognition to Product Hunt, which featured many of these alarms.
Additional reporting by Kevin Smith.