Using Cephable’s Companion App
Presenter: Julia Franklin, Chief Learning Officer
Goal: Learn about the additional features and functionalities of the Cephable Companion App
(virtual buttons & motion controls), and how they complement the primary desktop Cephable app.
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Using Cephable’s Companion App
Before Accessing the Companion App
Before using the Companion App on your phone or tablet, make sure that you have already downloaded Cephable’s desktop app onto your Windows or Mac computer.
*Please see the other tutorials if you need support on this step.
Accessing the Companion App
To access the Companion App, download it onto your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play.
Make sure you are logged into your Cephable account on both devices (your computer and your phone or tablet)
From your Companion App, choose your “Output Device” from the list of pink buttons. You may have 1 or multiple.
Then, from your Companion App make sure your Status is “Connected” at the top of your output device home screen.
Now you are able to use the Companion App and several new input options (virtual buttons & motion controls) independently or at the same time as expression controls and voice controls within the desktop app.
Virtual Buttons are an input that allow users to create and customize a collection of buttons that they can tap from their phone or tablet as another input for their computer
Make sure that you have the profile listed in this tutorial (Calculator) saved to your account and selected as “Current Profile”
*Note- see the full tutorial on virtual buttons for more info
Next, open the “Calculator” App on your computer / laptop.
Next, on your Companion App, press “Start Virtual Buttons”
Then you should see this page of Virtual Buttons within the connected profile.
*Note – A profile can have 1 large virtual button for one input that fills the screen or many smaller buttons that will still fill the screen.
Now, you can use your tablet/phone with larger Calculator Buttons and the commands will go directly to your computer.
*Note – make sure that you are “clicked into” the calculator app on your computer when trying to send commands from your Companion App.
Motion Controls are an input where users can tilt or shake their phone or tablet to send commands to their computer.
- Make sure that you have the profile listed in this tutorial (Calculator) saved to your account and selected as the “Current Profile” (see the full tutorial on Motion Controls for more info)
- You can see that a command in a profile has a Motion Control in it when you see the tilted phone image on the left side of a command button in the profile summary.
- In this profile, when we shake our phone or tablet, it will clear the Calculator on our computer.
Make sure that you are still clicked into the Calculator App on your computer and have a number entered so that you have something to “clear”
On your Companion App, press “Start Motion Controls”
You will then see the Motion Control screen and the black dot will move as you tilt and turn your device.
Now – when you “shake your device” – Cephable will clear the Calculator.
Using the Companion App, you can also create new profiles, edit existing profiles, share profiles, or use your phone or tablet as an additional camera for triggering expression controls on your computer.
We hope you enjoy exploring the additional features and capabilities of the Companion App for an enhanced Cephable experience.