YOUR MAC MEDIA APPLICATIONS
MAGICALLY CONTROLLED BY TOUCH FREE GESTURES
Magic? Oh, yeah!
You probably already love your Mac, and the music and movies you have on it. ControlAir is all about enjoying the things you love – touch free! Raise your finger, and you are in control of iTunes, Spotify, Netflix and more without needing to touch your keyboard or mouse! What can you do without touching anything? The things you actually use on a daily basis – adjust the volume, skip songs, and playing and pausing. And the magic to top it off? Raise your index finger to your lips in a “shush” gesture, and instantaneously mute the sound.
Up to 5 feet (1.5m) away from the device, ControlAir is a great way to control your media applications touch-free, not only when they are open in the desktop in front of you, but also when they are running in the background while you are engaged with other apps.
I launched the app but nothing else happens. Now what?
ControlAir runs in the background, waiting for you to open a supported application (iTunes, Spotify, QuickTime, etc.) and perform a gesture. If you don’t open a supported app, or do not raise a finger, you’ll do a lot of staring before something happens…
I raised a finger, but nothing happened. What gives?
Let’s go one by one and cover all bases:
- Is the app running? Sorry, but we have to ask. You know…
- Does the Mac camera see you? May sound kind of obvious, but if you and your hand are not in the picture, it’s not going to work. To ensure the camera “sees” you, click on the ControlAir icon at the top menu bar and select “Preferences” – a setup window will appear. Follow the camera alignment instructions to make sure you are located within the camera’s field of view.
- Are you within the supported distance? No one is suggesting you have to have a measuring tape handy, but the official working distance for ControlAir is 1’ – 5’ (and to our friends overseas, that’s 30-150cm). If you think you may be too far, get closer. If you think you are too close, we should note you do not have a touch screen
- Are the lights on? Kind of back at the second question, but from a different angle. If there isn’t enough light, camera performance may be heavily affected. To let you know when that happens, the icon of the app at the menu bar changes to a crossed-over light bulb, to indicate there isn’t enough light. ControlAir may work in low light, but it may not. If you have a desk lamp or another light source near by, turn it on and see if that solved the problem.
- What are you doing with your finger? We will be the last to criticize nose picking, but ControlAir may remain indifferent. Revisit the video above to ensure you are performing the gestures correctly.
From what distance can I control my Mac?
To enjoy touch-free control of your Mac, you should face the camera of the device and be located within 1-5 feet (30-150cm) away from the device.
The ControlAir icon on the menu bar changed, what does it mean?
Sharp eyes! If the ControlAir icon changes into a crossed-over light bulb, then the app is politely letting you know it’s kind of gloomy. insufficient lighting in the room may affect camera performance, which may cause detection problems. We recommend adding more light in the room until the icon changes back to the ControlAir icon. Don’t pull your sunscreen out yet – ControlAir doesn’t need full daylight to work
What happens when I have two supported apps running at the same time?
ControlAir controls the app that was most recently in the foreground. To verify which app you control, simply look at the media app icon on the left side of the ControlAir menu when it appears – it’s an indictor to let you know what’s being controlled.
Can I select which media apps I control with ControlAir?
While we are not sure why you may want to limit yourself, we’re all about free choice. Under the “Preferences” option (from the menu bar menu) you can deselect and select the supported apps to control touch-free.
Which versions of Mac OS are supported?
Currently ControlAir is compatible with Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, so if you have an older one it’s time to upgrade – if only to use ControlAir…
Can I use an external camera to use ControlAir?
We support the native cameras of Mac computers. External cameras are not supported.
How do I disable/ enable ControlAir on my Mac?
You can disable ControlAir by choosing “Disable” on the system menu bar, when you miss the app and want to reactivate it, simply go back to the menu bar and click “Enable”.
What functions are supported in the media apps?
We kept it short sweet and useful: play/pause, increase/decrease volume and mute, skip to next/previous song (for music apps) and fast forward and rewind (for video apps). More to come, so if you have specific requests (apps and functions) don’t be shy: firstname.lastname@example.org.