Another month, another app; Apple approved my VOTimer today.
VOTimer is a simple countdown timer.
My design goals for this release were to make a timer that
1. is fast and intuitive to use
2. is usable without touching, in the kitchen your hands are often dirty.
3. is accessible with VoiceOver and providing a low vision friendly UI.
4. will continue to run if I have to exit the app to check something else.
5. has a variety of alarm sounds.
To achieve the above, I fitted a big numeric keypad that you can use to enter the time. On an ipad the
buttons are big enough that you can use your elbow to push them in a pinch, just don't push too hard.
With an iPhone the timer can be paused, resumed and silenced with the proximity sensor, no need for touching.
You can even use voice commands to set the timer, for completely hands free operation. Even with Siri you
need to touch the phone to indicate you want to say something. With VOTimer the speech recognition is
continuous, just pause for one second after speaking and your command will be carried out.
VOTimer understands adult native English speakers the best. The speech recognition accuracy should
quite good and it will improve in future releases.
In order to assess if VOTimer lives to its promise, here are 3 codes for the quick.
It is available from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/app/votimer/id631181941
Let me know if there is some feature you'd like to see, or if I think something should be improved.