If you have used some of the high end smart phones like Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy or Huawei Honor, then you know about the air gesture controls feature available on some of these phones. The air gesture controls in these phones works through the proximity sensor – it detects your palm as you bring it close to your phone and then takes the appropriate action. If you have an Android smart phone that does not offer an in-built air gesture control feature, even then you can enable air gesture control to some degree using the free Air Gesture Control app.
The Air Gesture Control app uses the proximity sensor to provide you with all the air control features. After the installation, you are shown a screen with basic instructions about configuring the air controls and then taken to the Home screen of the app. On the Home screen, you can enable or disable the air control and test the proximity sensor range. For most of the smart phones, the proximity sensor works at around 1 centimeter of distance. As you move your fingers close to the proximity sensor on your Android phone, this app shows you that you are “In Range” in green color.
On the Settings screen of the Air Gesture Control app, you can toggle on or off various gestures – controlling the music player, opening the voice search, unlocking the phone, recording the audio, counting the push ups (by putting the phone on floor under your chest and then doing push ups), turning on the flash light, controlling the ringer volume and many more. You can also make your phone vibrate whenever the Air Gesture Control app recognizes a gesture.
After configuring the app for the gestures, you can test them. As is obvious, you should not enable two conflicting gestures that can confuse the app. For example, if you enable turning on the flash light and opening voice search both, then it will only toggle the flash light and ignore the voice search.
Personally, I found the push up counter gesture very interesting. Just enable the Push up gesture in the settings, put the phone on the floor with its screen visible to you and start doing the push ups. Your chest (or chin or nose) will come close to the proximity sensor again and again, and the the phone makes audible count each time – “push up number one”, “push up number two”, “push up number three” and so on. It is like your coach or friend is counting your push ups in a gym.
Conclusion: The Air Gesture Control app can bring the air gesture controls to any Android smart phone that has a proximity sensor control. The free app comes with all the useful and interesting gestures like music player control, photo gallery navigation, push up counter and more.
You can download the Air Gesture Control app for Android from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.tank.corp.proximity.