Blog

App Creation #24 – App Inspiration – Alarm Clock Pro


There are not many people who revel in the prospect of waking up in the morning. In fact, the morning routine of waking up to a ridiculously loud noise, rubbing your eyes and popping to the bathroom is hardly the story of what dreams are made of, but duty calls.

Travel clocks can be even worse, with their quite frankly mediocre designs and unclear little screens. Now wouldn’t it be lovely to have something that imitates the clock radio we have at home, but joins you on your adventures?

Nothing to be Alarmed About!

Alarm Clock Pro Settings

Our humble alarm clocks haven’t changed a great deal and maybe there is a reason for that. That traditional digital design of featuring generously sized numbering combined with that almost hypnotic blinking second indicator are enough to send anybody to sleep.

At a glance, the time is revealed and although your immediate reaction is to sigh – conjoined with a chunter before slamming your head back on the plumped pillow – you at least know exactly how far away that same old boring routine is.

A Wake Up Call

The ‘Alarm Clock’ app replicates this familiar design and as long as you can prop your phone against a sturdy object, you have an alarm clock that fills all your requirements without resorting to those often cheap and nasty specialist travel clocks.

Why Reinvent the Wheel?

Alarm clock doesn’t strive for yet another solution for our waking up needs. Instead it follows the already set out blueprints provided to the latter. The temptation would have been to take advantage of the brilliantly vibrant screen on modern phones and turn it into a colourful rainbow of colours, but why go to all that trouble and possibly ruin what already works so well in the real world.

Bright Ideas

Adjusting the brightness for those tired droopy peepers is essential for creating that relaxing environment. After all, the entire goal is to get some much needed sleep.

If you need to adjust the brightness in the middle of the night, the last thing you will be wanting to do is to dig down through a few menus, locate the relevant settings and begin the adjustments. Alarm Clock has a far better and effortless method.


By dragging your finger down on the screen, the brightness will drop depending on how far your finger travels. Raising your finger up on the display will increase the brightness.

If your phone is standing upright, the digital clock face will appear quite narrow, however tilting the phone on to its side will allow the digits to fill the entire screen.

iTunes Store Link: Alarm Clock Pro

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

App Creation Series Index:
 > App Creation – Beginners Guide to App Design, Development and Marketing

Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

Website | Portfolio | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube