Let the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wake Your Kid Up

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If you have trouble motivating your child to get out of bed in the mornings, you may want to consider employing the help of some animated characters. Google Assistant’s Character Alarms use voiceovers and music from popular animated franchises like Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lego, and Hatchimals. These options might be a little bit hard for you as an adult to listen to, but it’s a lot more pleasant than yelling your kids awake.

Character alarms have been available on smart speakers and other Google Assistant-powered devices since late 2018, but Google just rolled out an updated version of the feature for smart home display devices, such as the Google Home Hub. When enabled on smart displays, the alarm is accompanied by character portraits and other customized UI elements based on the character or franchise.

Here are all the Character Alarms currently available in Google Assistant:

  • Hatchimals: Alarms based on the Adventures in Hatchtopia animated series, featuring several characters that tell jokes and provide series trivia, as well as interactive puzzles.
  • Lego City: This alarm features the news anchor character, Jake Early, reading news stories based on Lego and the Lego City animated series.
  • Lego Life: Includes music, Lego trivia, and Lego build project ideas.
  • Lego Friends: Features fully voiced stories from the Lego Friends series.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters: These customizable alarms focus on a specific member of the TMNT team, as well as mini storylines the include the show’s entire cast. Each alarm features slightly different methods of wake-up encouragement based on that character’s personality.
  • Leonardo: Jokes and quips
  • Michelangelo: Daily affirmations
  • Raphael: Positivity and motivation
  • Donatello: Science trivia
  • April O’Neil: Life advice

How to enable Character Alarms with Google Assistant

While Character Alarms are available on a wide range of Google Assistant-supported smart speakers and display hubs, they’re currently exclusive to the US and Canada. If you’re in those regions, and your device is connected to a wifi network, you can enable a character alarm with the following voice commands:

  • “Hey Google, set a character alarm”
  • “Hey Google, set a [character name] alarm”

You can also further specify the date/time of the alarm, and how often it repeats. To stop an alarm, you’ll need to use the “Hey Google, stop alarm” or “Hey Google, stop,” voice commands, though smart display devices will also let you manage them through the device’s touch screen. Further Google Assistant alarm commands can be found on Google’s Character Alarm support page.

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