Dawn Chorus

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Description of App: 

Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm. When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus of song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum is an active research institution with an environmental research center in Rector, Pennsylvania called Powdermill Nature Reserve. The birds in this app were studied at the museum, are often banded at Powdermill, or are frequently impacted by window collisions—a phenomenon that the museum helps study and prevent as part of BirdSafe Pittsburgh.

The Innovation Studio is the design, development, and workflow laboratory at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where it supports a culture of innovation throughout the museums.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone
iPad

iOS Version: 

12.2

Accessibility Comments: 

This app works flawlessly with VoiceOver and has hints and all the birds have their specis name so you can find them. Basically the app is fully accessible.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

I was browsing the app store for some reason and was looking for something different. I found this app by accident and thought I would give it a try. The bird songs are beautiful and woke me up in time. This is one of the best and most pleasant alarm clocks in my opinion.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@CarnegieMNH