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Monday, 4 July, 2016

User Guide

Filed under: — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:45 pm

Short Version

This app lets you follow a pre-loaded route on your phone and watch with the watch displaying a map and simple statistics.

The watch UI is aimed at horse riders, seek or times where finger accuracy is not good.

It’s NOT a fitness tracker

Why

The Route Shower is a simple ANDROID wear application that is intended to help Horse Riders follow a pre-prepared route (GPX) around a course.
In many ways it is intended to turn your android smartwatch into a GPS watch (garmin forerunner etc). It is not supposed to be a fitness tracker, there are other applications that do that quite well. I felt, though, that the other applications available are more geared towards runners, walkers and cyclists and lack the kind of usability that a Horse Rider needs, especially when it comes to pressing tiny icons on a watch while being jiggled around.

Quick Start.

Before you start you’ll need to add routes in the phone application before you get much useful out of the watch.

On the Phone

When you start the phone application the watch application will automatically start (TBD)

In the phone application you can add routes (GPX only at the moment) from your phone’s storage, or Google Drive, or by clicking on a mail attachment(TBD)

When you add a route it will automatically zoom the map to show the whole route and ask you if you want to “keep” the route, you will be asked to give the route a name, and possibly if you want to replace an existing route with the same name.

Once named the route will be immediately transferred to the watch and shown in the “Manage Routes” view (just swipe right to dismiss this view, the route will remain available on the watch and by default will be shown on the watch’s map view when it’s in range).

On the Watch

NOTE: When a route is loaded on the phone it will immediately be transferred to the watch, and you’ll see it shown with some summary details, just swipe right to go back to the “start recording page”.

The watch interface has no surprises, it’s just screens that you swipe around. The first screen has a single button in it to let you quickly start recording.

If you swipe right to left you can manage the routes that have been loaded, another swipe lets you change your preferences if you want to tweak things.

Swiping up again shows the map with nearby routes on it.

In practice you’ll want to start recording, this enables a new row with some statistics on it (Swipe up/down until you find it).

It will also move the map to your current position and start recording a breadcrumb trail of where you’ve been.

You should be good to go, don’t forget to press “Record” to enable the stats, and don’t forget to press “Stop” when you’re done.

Map View

The map view is a familar Google Maps view with all of the visible routes shown in it.

Tip: You can configure what routes are shown using the “Manage Routes” screen on the first row, you will proably only need to “Manage Routes” if you’ve loaded several overlapping routes for the same area so that you can just see the route you want to follow.

The biggest difference between this map and the usual Google Map is what happens when you drag/swipe the map

  • swiping up/down the screen moves you to another row
  • swiping left/right zooms in/out. This is because tapping tiny buttons is nearly impossible when riding, and even harder if your short eyesight isn’t great.

 

Customization

I’ve tried to keep customization down to a reasonable level, but you can

Set what is displayed on the watch when it is “on”, the options are:

Roads and route
Roads and route, and a breadcrumb trail
route only on top of a blank background
This uses less watch battery
route, and a breadcrumb trail on a blank background
This uses less watch battery

Set what is displayed on the watch when it is “off” also known as “ambient” mode

Roads and route
generally not very useful
Roads and route, and a breadcrumb trail
generally not very useful
route only on top of a blank background
This uses less watch battery
route, and a breadcrumb trail on a blank background
This uses less watch battery

Other Map Options

  • satnav – the default view
  • paper-like – may use less battery, but not as intuitive because North is always “up” whatever direction you’re going.
  • Custom – here you can further tweak what you see.

GPS options
Normally the watch will use your phone’s GPS, but if it looses contact with the phone it can optionally use the watch GPS until it re-connects with the phone.
WARNING: although this means your watch will track without your phone it seriously drains the battery and the battery will probably go flat within a few hours!

Custom:
In the custom view you can tweak the map display further, options available are:

  • Rotate map (satnav) — the map rotates according to your direction of travel or the internal watch compass
  • Rotate map according to direction of travel or compass (TBD) – disabled if Rotate Map is disabled
  • Tilt map (satnav) — the map is tilted so you can see a little bit more of the route
  • show zoom buttons
  • enable double-tap to zoom in and two finger tap to zoom out

NOTE:when BOTH rotate map and tilt map are both off the map changes to a “paper” mode which might be lower battery usage

 

 

TBD Customizations

Auto Stop

under what conditions????

(when stationary near start for 10+ minutes after travelling a significant amount of route) — ?? interfere with vetgates?

when travelling >30 mph for mor than 10 minutes (back in the horsebox)

MPH/ KPH switching

 

 

 

 

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