Native app instructions
To install the app
In order to install the waveOut beta app you will need an iPhone 7 or later versions with the iOS 14.4 or later updates. On your iPhone, tap the button displayed above: “Become a beta tester”
Installation steps, follow the instructions:
- If you don’t have the TestFlight app already installed please get it on the App Store;
- If you already have TestFlight installed on your iPhone you can tap the accept button to start installing;
- After installation open and start exploring.
First app launch
The first time you launch the app for the first time, you will be prompted with our terms and conditions (fig.1); in order to start using waveOut, you will need to accept them using the switch button.
In order you use waveOut, you need to be logged in. If you already have an account for the waveOut web planner or mobile app, you can Login; otherwise you can sign up and create your user account (fig.2). By logging in, you will also have access to your search history and your saved routes and places.
If you are new to the app, a tutorial will automatically start; it will guide you through the waveOut app and its awesome features! If you can’t wait to start exploring on your own, you can interrupt the tutorial at any time and get back to it later, selecting Tutorial from the Settings menu (fig. 29).
To create a new account, select the Sign up button, from the top menu (fig.2). Enter your full name, email, password and the password confirmation in the text fields.
Submit your data tapping the Continue button and the waveOut support team will send you a confirmation request in your inbox. Confirm your registration you start exploring the world with waveOut!
If you already have a waveOut account, you can login by selecting the Login button (fig.3) from the dedicated top menu. Enter your email and password on the dedicated text fields and tap the continue button. If you forgot your password, click on the forgot your password button (fig.4) to recover it.
Using the WaveOut App
Welcome screen and Search screen
In the Welcome screen (fig.5) you can enter your destination by typing it in the select destination search field. Selecting the destination search field, will bring up the Search screen (fig.6).
From here you can select one of the recent search results (sorted in descending order by date) or enter a new destination. As soon you start typing, an auto-suggestions drop-down will appear (fig.7); by selecting one of these auto-suggestions you will land on the Itinerary selection (fig.8).
The Itinerary selection page will allow you to choose the desired route. Selecting one of the suggested routes, the navigation will start.
You can also refine the route search, with the help of the different screen elements:
Schedule route button: this element shows the time and date for which the route suggestions are calculated; by default, the departure time is set to the current time and day. Selecting this button, you will be able to change the departure or arrival time and date (fig.9).
Route type control: this element will allow you to filter your route by type. We have available 2 different types of routes:
- walking button: it will provide the best available pedestrian routes
- public transport button: it will provide routes to your destination using public transport, when available. A public transit route will include walking directions from your departure location to the public transit stop and to the final destination. Additionally, WaveOut will guide you through the entire route, letting you know which lines you will need to take, when to jump off and how to get to the next connection. This multi-modal routing option is currently in beta and it might not be available in some locations.
Invert your starting point and destination button: tapping this button will swap the current starting point with the destination and vice-versa.
Selecting a route will automatically start the navigation. You can choose between three different visualization modes, by tapping the change visualization mode button (fig.10):
Text instructions (fig.10): this mode is designed specifically to be explored while navigating using voiceOver (voice screen reader). You will be able to access the description and the orientation of the way-points along you will need to follow to reach your final destination.
High contrast map (fig.11): this mode displays your route on an high contrast map; we designed it for optimal legibility. The map view gives you an overview of the route, showing your navigation progress in real time.
Augmented reality (fig.12): with this mode, you can see the way-points you need to follow, placed live in the real world; this view is ideal to briefly verify that you’re on the right track. Please keep your phone down and always be mindful of your surroundings when using WaveOut!
Regardless of the visualization mode you choose, you will always be able to hear the navigation cues. For an optimal experience, we recommend that you use headphones to follow the sound to your destination. Currently we are not tracking the orientation of your head; the sound that you will hear is relative to where the camera on your phone is pointing. We suggest that you either hold the phone in your hand facing forward (fig.13) or hang it around your neck using a lanyard (fig.14). For WaveOut to take you reliably to your destination, it is important to make sure that at any time the camera on the back of your phone is not obstructed and that the lens is clean.
Bottom tab bar
The tab bar (fig.15) is located at the bottom of the screen, and is accessible at any time.
The bar will give you quick access to four useful tabs:
- Navigation tab (fig. 15): this tab is active by default. From here you will have access to all the WaveOut navigation functions, from planning to following a route.
- Around me tab (fig.16): the “Around me” screen will give you information about points of interest that are nearby you.
- Saved tab (fig.17): lets you access the Saved screen, which contains a list of the places and routes you saved.
- Sleep mode tab (fig.18): here you can pause the navigation and all app sounds, until you decide to wake it up again.
Around me screen (fig.16)
On this screen you have access the different interesting places (fig.19), which are nearby your current location.
For each different place you can:
- know its precise address
- see how far it is from you
- navigate towards it
- save the place for later (fig.20).
Saved screen (fig.17)
You can save anything by tapping the save place or route button that appears shown next to places or routes throughout the app.
The Saved screen shows you all the places and routes that you have saved in your account.
Places will be shown with a customizable name and their address, while routes will also display information about their length and the public transit lines that will take you to your destination, if available (fig.22).
Selecting the more options button shown next to each entry, you will be able to use it as starting point or as your destination (in the case of a saved place), start the route and see its details step by step (in the case of a saved route) you can also edit its name and even delete the entry from your account (fig.23)
You can easily recognize which entries are already saved and which aren’t. We differentiate then with specific color coding and iconography (fig.24).
For easy access to your saved entries, you can sort them by (fig.25):
- Last saved.
- Only places
- Only routes
- Alphabetic order (descendent and ascendent)
- Distance to your current position
Whenever you feel you need to pause navigation, you can easily enable the sleep mode of the app. While this screen is active, all the app processes are inactive. You can quickly reactivate the app by selecting the wake up now button (fig.26).
You can at any stage check your current location by simply selecting the open current position button (fig.27). This button is located on the app header, top right position, always available through the app interface. It displays your precise current address, you can save it in your account and also refresh it at any time. Your current location is also always indicated on the welcome screen (fig.6).
Right next to the current position button, you can find the open menu button, it will lead you to the settings screen (fig.28). Here you will be able to:
- Logout from your current account and log in again.
- Choose between 3 different sounds. This sound is what you will hear coming from the points you need to follow on the street, during navigation.
- Watch tutorials (fig.29). Here we give you fast tips and clarify the basics on how to use waveOut app. You will have access to them as soon you start the app for the first time.
- Sends us feedback. We love suggestions and criticism! We hope to get your input on our app, just write us some lines on this section.
Web planner (fig.30)
Additionally, a companion web planner can be used. This desktop web version, was especially thought and designed to allow you to plan your trips easily and comfortable online, on your desktop. Afterwards you might save these routes on your account and use them later on your waveOut app. They will be synchronised with the mobile app. You just need to use the same credentials to login both versions and load the route or place information from your saved screen.