App Uses Motion Technology, Vibrates To Alert Sleepy Riders

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You planned on hopping on the F train and going home to your apartment in DUMBO after a late night out in the Village, but woke up at dawn with a view of the Coney Island Wonder Wheel in your window.

You got up early for an appointment near Columbus Circle, but dozed off and awoke to the sight of the frame houses of Far Rockaway in the mid-morning hours.

Falling asleep on the subway can lead to frustrating and embarrassing consequences. But the makers of a new app hope to make sure you never sleep through your stop again.

The MetroNap app, now available for Android users, allows users to enter their stops before getting on a train. Using technology to detect vibration, the app will then detect whether the train is moving or not once a user has reached his or her stop, and emitting a vibration to wake the user up when it’s time to exit.

The app is designed specifically for the New York City subway system. New York-based developer Tobias Dohman launched the app late last month.

He came up with the idea for the app after falling asleep with his girlfriend on the subway, and ending up on the far outskirts of the city.

The app has been met with mixed reviews since it was launched. One user called the app “really useful… especially for long trips. The interface to select the stations is really intuitive.”

But another user called it “useless,” saying the alarm went off in a Gristedes grocery store 20 minutes after he got off the train.

Gizmodo also questioned whether the app could detect whether a train was stopped at a station, or stopped in a tunnel due to train traffic, signal problems or other issues.

MetroNap is currently only available for the Android through Google Play.

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