29
Nov
wakevoice

Remember that scene in Iron Man where Tony Stark sleeps with the journalist (Christine Everhart), and then in the morning, Jarvis wakes her up by reading the current weather, surf conditions, and so on? Yeah, now your Android device can do that.

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I was looking for a picture that showed the UI on the glass, but this will do nicely.

The app is called WakeVoice, and it's a pretty excellent idea - to quote the developer:

... via speech synthesis (tts), your alarm clock will speak to you. It will announce customize message, weather forecast and latest news. Furthermore, due to the enability of voice recognition, you will be able to stop the alarm clock directly from your bed without touching your phone and only by your voice. For instance, saying "STOP" when alarm is ringing will easily stop it. Adding services currently available (weather, news) and many more to come (horoscope, ephemeris, MP3 playlists, radio, calendar, night mode, and others) WakeVoice truly becomes the complete and ultimate alarm clock you lacked.

Dig beneath the layers of cheese in the description, and you'll find something that's legitimately cool. Obviously, I'm speaking for myself here, but I generally lie awake in bed for about 2 minutes after waking up; anything to make this time even slightly more useful is awesome - and that's excluding the sheer novelty of it.

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I'm looking forward to waking up to this tomorrow - and given that the dev offers a free trial version, what's to lose?

Trial version:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adnfxmobile.wakevoice.lite

Full (paid - ~$2.61):

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adnfxmobile.wakevoice?install=web

[Source: XDA-Devs]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • SiliconAddict

    *sighs* Its 2010 and txt to voice still sucks. I mean seriously. This is the same voice quality that I was playing around with on a Mac back in 99/2000 in one of our college libraries. I mean beyond that it rocks. ITs a very nice app. But not a voice I want to wake up to.

  • Matze

    @SiliconAddict
    But you thought about, that WakeVoice doesn't provide the voice...install another tts library like svox ...

    • SiliconAddict

      Didn't realize it was using the built in txt to voice. Thanks. I'm assuming alternates are on either the market or a google search away??

  • http://wakevoice.adnfxmobile.fr LegZ

    @SiliconAddict:
    Yep, just try "Svox" !
    This TTS library is so amazing with WakeVoice. Love it :D

    • SiliconAddict

      Will do. Thanks

    • Aaron Gingrich

      $3 for a voice? =\. Know of any free ones?

  • http://blog.trinition.org Trinition

    How does this compare to GoodMorning?

  • Sacha

    GoodMornin doesn't have vocal recognition... That's 50% of WakeVoice IMHO!

  • Aaron Gingrich

    Today was my first day using it as an alarm. Problem #1: At 6:10 AM, I'm not coherent enough to remember what to say. I ended up yelling "SLEEP! SLEEP! SNOOZE! SLEEP!" without giving it time to analyze the first word.

    It did not end well.

  • http://wakevoice.adnfxmobile.fr/ ADNFX Mobile

    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for this article. I'm the dev behind WakeVoice ;)

    So, you said "It did not end well". But was it only because you forgot your voice command to stop the alarm or there was anything else? Anyway, don't hesitate to re-try it (without forgetting your voice keyword :p) and of course, you still have the possibility to stop the alarm by touching the "stop button" or by hitting a phone physical button (if you have enable it on the global settings).

    Thanks again Aaron :D

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Absolutely, thanks for the awesome app :)

      Yea, it was 100% my fault that it didn't end well. Like I said, I don't function well that early in the morning ;). I ended up just hitting the button.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      • http://wakevoice.adnfxmobile.fr ADNFX Mobile

        So, how were your next mornings with WakeVoice? :)

        For your, is it one of the best Android alarm clock out there? Or is it just an alarm among others in Android world?

        • Aaron Gingrich

          Awesome, thanks. I'm still getting used to waking up to WakeVoice rather than my old alarm, but I'm loving it and it's getting better and better every day.

          As far as I can tell it's definitely the best for me. Thanks for making it :)

  • BambooJackson

    You were, right about that pic.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      LOL, thanks ;)

  • http://rartoo.com Sean

    I've been using "Smarter Alarm" which does a similar thing (no voice control though)... might have to check this out :)

  • Jess

    Ok can you clear something up on this, I know the article is like more than a year old but... after you say STOP it says thank you, goodbye, etc. then starts reading for example Horoscope or whatever... but that doesn't stop... so is it that it just stops the ringing? And then the rest you stop yourself?

  • http://wakevoice.adnfxmobile.fr LegZ

    Yep the keywords are "only" for stop or snooze the ringing. After that, WakeVoice will read the info you choose in the settings, and it will stop at the end of course.