ControlAir provides magical touch free control over media applications on your Mac, such as iTunes, Spotify and others. Just raise your finger in the air to control volume, skip songs and pause. A finger raised to your lips will mute the sound.
ControlAir is a great way to control your media applications touch-free, not only when they are in front of you, but also when they are in the background, while you are engaged with a different app.
To enjoy the touch-free control, you should face the camera of your device between 1 to 5 feet.
ControlAir supports the following apps:
- QuickTime Player
- Gear for Google Play and YouTube
# Troubleshoot #
If you raise your finger and you don't see the control menu shows up, then it is probably because your finger is not visible. Open the Preferences window and then the Setup tab, and choose the 2nd section called Camera alignment, in it make sure that when you raise your finger it shows entirely in the view.
# FAQ #
Q: On what devices can I use ControlAir?
A: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac devices are supported, running OS X 10.9 and up.
Q: I raised a finger, but nothing happened. What gives?
A: Here is a checklist and guidelines to help you enjoy ControlAir:
・Make sure you are between 1’ – 5’ feet from the device (50 cm to 1.5 meters).
・ControlAir needs to “see” your finger in the air for touch-free controls; make sure you are raising your finger within the field of view of your Mac’s camera.
・If your room is too dark ControlAir might not be able to “see” your finger. In this case you will see a notification: “Low frame rate”. To get out of this mode simply get some more light in the room :)
・Make sure that you have a media app running. Once in an app you will be able to control the main functionalities with touch-free gestures.
Q: What gestures are supported?
A: ControlAir tracks your index finger (right or left had). Once the finger is up in the air a menu will appear on screen offering the main media controls at the tip of your finger. Move finger slightly left or right to scroll between the options. To click “fold“ your index finger and immediately raise it back to the initial state. You can mute and unmute the sound by raising your index finger to your lips in a “shush” gesture. Simple.
Q: Do you support use of external cameras ?
A: At this point we support use of the internal camera only.
Q: Can I use ControlAir on my iPad or iPhone?
A: Not at this point.
Q: Does the media app I want to control have to be in the foreground when I use ControlAir?
A: A media app has to be activated, after which it can run in the background. you can be browsing the web or using a different app and still be able to control the media playing in the background.
Q: How do I turn on/off ControlAir?
A: You can disable ControlAir by choosing “Disable” on the system menu bar. To exit it entirely just click “Quit” on the same menu.
Supports OSX 10.11
Ratings and Reviews
Great Idea, Poor Performance
I was so excited to see this app since I just replaced my 2006 iMac with a 2017 iMac, and one of things I was griping about was no longer having a remote control on the new one. I thought this app would make it a non-issue but alas… the app does not work very well. It’s such a great idea, but after playing around with it for a short time, I unistalled it.
Reading my gestures was hit or miss. I would usually have to make the same gesture 3 or 4 times before it responded and sometimes when I folded my finger, it would depress the button only partially and then seem to get stuck. I ended up having to do most things manually anyway. The app was just a frustrating waste of time.
I will look into hooking up a proper remote control to run off my bluetooth or wifi.
Now let me be honest… I don’t like writing reviews. Although when I downloading this app for free I was’t expecting much, afterall it is free. Although when I started using it, I was proved wrong. At first it seems as it doesn’t work well. You have to find an angle in that it works and stay near that spot. I’m not sure how fluid it runs on iMacs but atleast on my old MacBook it is amazing! If you’re looking for an awesome way to skip, pause, and control the volume on mac, this is an awesome choice.
Amazing control and responsiveness
This app works pretty well and it is the only app I know that does this feature.
My main request would be for Apple to start including an infrared camera in their devices so that this feature could work better.
Aside from that I would love a feature that turns off the app when the mac reaches a certain battery percent or perhaps when it is not on a charger.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.