Living Better: Apps Replacing Traditional Alarm Clocks (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.incnow.tv) -- Surveys show fewer and fewer people use watches and traditional clocks these days because more and more of us rely on our smartphones to tell us the time of day, remind us of appointments and wake us in the morning. Special apps may make the traditional alarm clock a thing of the past.

R ise is a new app for the iPhone that is both simple to set and elegant to see. You just swipe, tap and set. The alarm display is sleek and minimal. Use music or sounds to wake you. Cost is $1.99 and it only works for the iPhone.

For Android and Apple, check out wave alarm. At $2.99, this app uses your smartphone's motion detection capabilities to shut the arm off. You don't have to touch the screen to silence the alarm, just wave your hand. It also displays weather and lets you choose between alarm sounds and music.

If you have trouble getting up, try the freaky alarm. It won't let you push the snooze control unless you first solve some puzzles and mind games, all designed, of course, to get you thinking and wake your brain. It's $1.99 for the iPhone.

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