Using Cephable’s Motion Controls

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Presenter: Alex Dunn, Founder & CEO

Goal: Learn how to effectively utilize Cephable’s Motion Controls by tilting, turning, or shaking your mobile device to send commands and enhance your computer interaction experience. 

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Install Control Profile

Tilt Arrow Keys 

Using Cephable’s Motion Controls


Before Accessing Motion Controls 

Make sure you have downloaded the Companion App on your phone or tablet, AND that you have already downloaded Cephable’s desktop app onto your Windows or Mac computer.

Please see the other tutorials if you need support downloading the desktop app:

Enabling Cephable on Windows


Enabling Cephable on Mac

Download the Cephable App Now!


Downloading/Setting up the Companion App 

To access the Companion App, download it onto your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play. 

After installing the desktop app, get the mobile app to connect from your phone.


Log Into Your Accounts

Make sure you are logged into your Cephable account on both devices (your computer and your phone or tablet).

Sign into Cephable


Choose Your Output Device

From your Companion App, choose your “Output Device” from the list of pink buttons. You may have 1 or multiple. 

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Make Sure Your Devices Are Connected

Then, from your Companion App make sure your Status is green and it says “Connected” at the top of your output device home screen.

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Enabling Motion Controls 

Now you can use the Companion App with Motion Controls independently or at the same time with expression controls and voice controls with the desktop app.  

Note- see the full tutorial, Using Cephable’s Companion App for more information on this topic. 


Using Motion Controls 

Make sure you have a profile with Motion Controls selected from your home screen. You can download the one attached to this tutorial or use another one you already have.  

You will see the icon of a phone shaking on the left side of a control button to signal the presence of a Motion Control. 

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Here’s an Example

In this example, we will walk through the profile, “Tilt Arrow Keys” to navigate around a Microsoft Word document using tilt Motion Controls mapped to the arrow keys on the keyboard and a shake Motion Control mapped to the backspace button.

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Make Sure You’re Connected

From the Companion App, make sure you have the correct profile selected in “Current Control Profile” and that you are still “Connected” in green.

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On your computer, open up a Microsoft Word document that you want to explore using Motion Controls. Make sure you are clicked into the document and not another window on your computer before moving on to the next step.

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Start Motion Controls

Next, on your Companion App, scroll down until you see “Start Motion Controls”

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Motion Controls In Action

Now on your Companion App when you tilt your phone/tablet – up, down, left, or right, you will see the cursor move in those directions within Microsoft Word. Also try shaking your phone to delete text. 

You will know you have moved your phone enough in one direction when you see the black dot move out of the blue square and into the pink square. 

If you would like to change the sensitivity (how far you need to move your phone to trigger a command), you can click “Settings” in the upper right-hand corner of your Companion App. 

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Changing Your Sensitivity 

From this page, you can change your sensitivity on the sliding scale for “Motion Control Sensitivity” For example, the higher the percentage, the less you need to move your mobile device to trigger your commands.

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