Waking up for works sucks, and we all know it. And it’s even worse when you aren’t in the same time zone you were last week, or have any other reason to dread missing your morning alarm. Wakie, a a new Windows Phone and Android app (iPhone owners can feel left out, for once) intends to solve this problem in a phenomenally inventive way—it lets strangers call you.
That’s right, just like a hotel wake-up call, Wakie does the same with a bit of a crowdsourcing twist. It allows strangers from around the world to call you in the morning at your designated time of cognitive misery. Seriously, you actually get to talk to these people.
The premise is simple, but it may take some bravery. That’s because Wakie requires your phone number, which is apparently kept “secure and anonymous” by its creators. Otherwise, you can sign up with Facebook, which you might even deem worse for privacy concerns. Either way, Wake needs your phone number. Currently, you have to be invited to join the community to register, so the applications encourages you to invite your Facebook friends.
Wakie is built up by “Wakies” and “Sleepies.” Sleepies are called by Wakies at the time chosen for some nice groggy conversation with another human being. Sound weird, right? Don’t worry, it gets more entertaining. Wakie also works a bit of dating application, encouraging users to select the type of people they would like to talk to. Meet, Jennifer O’Donnell, a gorgeous 29-year-old Brunette (avatar) from the U.S. Who hasn’t wanted their alarm clock to serve the purpose of the likes of Tinder? Weirdly, inviting friends is exactly like Tinder. Swipe up to add a friend’s circular avatar icon to the community, and Swipe down to reject. The same ideas likely goes for matching or choosing your type (we think) once you become an established member of the Wake community. Users can choose to do both, so there’s plenty of awkward phone calls to be had.
Oddities aside, Wakie conversations only last one minute. A warning is given at 50 seconds, and then the call is disconnected automatically at 60 seconds. “Hello, Sleepy.” “Hello, Wakey,” is the suggested conversation for this process, followed up by a “Thank you for waking me.” If no one is available to ring you up, Wakie’s robot will call you instead.
I was actually a bit weirded out to try this tonight, but I’ve set my alarm for 8:30 am to see what’s next. What do you think of the crowdsourced Wakie alarm clock? Would you like a wake up call from a stranger? Let us know below and check it out for yourself. Personally, I fear Howard Stern will be calling us all next.