I’m one of those people that easily forgets just about everything, all the time. You know what I mean: you could get a phone call from the wife as you’re leaving work heading home, and she tells you, “don’t forget to stop for milk on the way,” and it’s just in one ear and out the other. How many times do you only remember that errand as you pull in the driveway at home?
Okay, so what if there was a way to stop this kind of thing ever happening again? No, we’re not talking about a new brain. What we’re talking about here is an Android app that sets alarms according to the way your brain works. It’s called Brain Alarm – and after testing, it certainly lives up to its name.
What Is Brain Alarm?
Brain Alarm is an Android app that uses certain triggers, called conditions, to remind you about just about anything. For example: when driving home after work, as you approach the local supermarket or gas station, your trusty Android phone asks you if you need to stop for milk. The forecast predicts rain and your phone asks if the windows at the house are closed. That’s what this app is all about.
Brain Alarm uses conditions to set off alarms. The conditions are numerous and you can use them in conjunction with one another to tweak when you receive those alarms.
How Does Brain Alarm Work?
There are three parts to each Brain Alarm reminder: the alarm, the condition(s), and the notification. Here’s a quick overview of what each part is and how they work together.
The alarm is the whole reminder stitched together. When you’ve got the app open, you’ll want to tap the New Alarm button to begin creating the alarm. Before doing this, you may want to set a location if that’ll be one of your conditions.
Conditions are what you set for when you want the notification to go off. For instance, if you want to be reminded to put your car windows up if rain is in the forecast, you’ll set a weather condition. Brain Alarm has a good number of conditions you can choose from which can be used singularly or in combination with others:
Time – Set a time or time range.
Date – Set a date or date range.
Battery – Is the battery less than/more than the set level?
Internet – Is the phone currently connected to the Internet?
Location – Set a location (to be read via GPS).
Reception – Do you have a signal?
Charge – Is the phone charging?
Day/Night – Is it daylight (after sunrise but before sunset)?
Storage – Check the phone’s storage or the memory card’s storage level.
Temperature – Is the temp less than or more than a specific temp in your current location?
Weather – There’s an assortment of weather conditions to choose from.
Open Wi-Fi – Is there an open Wi-Fi connection within range?
As you can see, there are many conditions; and since you can use combinations of them, the uses are just about endless.
When that reminder does hit the screen of your Android, the notification is what shows (and sounds). There are several tweaks you can make, including the name, the type, the appearance, the layout, the audio, and the vibration.
How to Set Up a Notification in Brain Alarm
The process of creating your first Brain Alarm notification really is pretty simple once you understand all the parts discussed earlier. Here’s a step-by-step guide, though.
Step 1: Create a New Alarm
When you open Brain Alarm, you will find a New Alarm button at the bottom of the screen. Enter your desired name for the alarm at the top – this will let you find it in your list of alarms.
To the right of the name you can toggle the alarm off and on.
Step 2: Set the Conditions
Close to the bottom of this same screen you’ll see a horizontal list of icons displaying the different conditions you can set. Notice you can scroll from side to side to see all of the offered conditions.
Step 3: Set the Notification
On the strip at the bottom of the screen you’ll see a Menu button in the middle. Tap that to find the option to select a notification.
If this is your first alarm, you probably won’t have any notifications saved so you’ll want to tap the New Notification button at the bottom. There you’ll find all the wonderful options to tweak that notification, the ability to preview it, and obviously the option to save it.
Once you’ve created the alarm, set the conditions, and set the notification, you’ll have your new alarm all set up. Seriously, that’s all there is to the makeup of any alarm. Your alarm clock (the alarm) on your bed stand allows you to set a time (the condition) for the buzzer (the notification) to sound. Now your Android can act as your brain’s alarm system!
Cost and Conclusion
Brain Alarm Lite is free in the Google Play Store but has a few limitations, such as limits on the number of alarms and notifications and you have to put up with a few ads. The paid version removes these limitations, and costs $2.40.