Use voice commands to control PIVOT Yoga
There are two ways to control PIVOT: by tapping on the screen, and with your voice. Voice control is great because if you're in the middle of a pose you can interact with PIVOT without having to break the pose.
The first time you use PIVOT Yoga, you'll be asked to register your voice. Make sure you do that in a quiet place, speak at a normal volume level, and put the phone where it's going to be during your practice. (Do not record your voice commands by holding your phone to your mouth.)
Once you've registered your voice, PIVOT Yoga will listen only to you. Your nephew cannot run into the room and hijack your PIVOT Yoga session by shouting commands! (We've all been there with back-seat Siri hijackers.) He can, however, interfere with PIVOT Yoga's ability to hear you, so you might need to tell him to pipe down.
Voice recognition also works best if you connect your phone to a TV using a cable.
Once your setup is done, you're ready to use voice commands. Please note, you must make sure PIVOT is listening before you say a voice command. That's easy: if PIVOT is listening, there will be a large blue microphone showing on the screen. If you don't see a microphone, tell PIVOT to start listening by saying the "wake" command "Hey PIVOT". Wait a beat for the microphone to appear (don't run all your words together), then say your command.
Here's a list of all voice commands:
- Hey PIVOT. Used to make sure PIVOT is listening. You won't always need this.
- Begin Now. You'll use this to start the class after you've got your mat set up.
- Pause Class. This pauses the class playback. However, it doesn't pause your avatar, so you can use this command to catch up and match the teacher's pose.
- Resume Playback. This command starts the class back up at the exact point you paused it earlier.
- How's This Look? PIVOT Yoga will never offer feedback unless you ask for it. But ask for it you can! This command will do two things: First, it will trigger an evaluation of your pose (basically, it compares you to the teacher's pose), and the teacher's voice will give you a single, important alignment cue. At the same time, it will pause your class for you and take you into a pose comparison mode where your avatar is superimposed on the teacher's reference pose. This makes it really easy to see at a glance where you have some adjustments to make. There is quite a lot of special sauce going on here--for example, we normalize your avatar with the teacher's avatar, so that the only difference is the yoga. We also automatically give you the best view (side, front, etc.) of where your alignment issue is. Once you're given an alignment cue, we know if you've made the adjustment and the teacher's voice will congratulate you if you got it right. And if you want to see a different side of the pose, you can do that too (see Rotate Camera below). You can ask How's This Look as many times as you want. At some point, the answer to that question will be "Perfect!" or whatever your teacher likes to say in the presence of yoga greatness.
- Rotate Camera. In pose comparison mode, saying "Rotate Camera" enables us to show a different view of your pose (and the teacher's). Each view is numbered, and the command rotates clockwise, one at a time, among the views. If there's an alignment issue on a particular side of your pose, the number for that view will turn red. If not, it will turn green. So if you want to get super technical, you can just adjust yourself visually until all the numbers are green.
- Quality Check. If at any point you feel like your avatar is not reflecting your movement properly, you can call this command, and follow the instructions. We'll run a little mini-check that takes about 4 seconds and that is quite likely to fix the problem. If it doesn't, you may have a different issue, like a poor calibration, or wearing the clothes in a way we didn't expect, or even defective clothes.
- A Little Help. This command just lists all the commands you can say at that moment. Note you can tap them to activate them, or use your voice.