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post #1 of 25
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Noisapp is happy to announce that we have joined the EpicSki community as a sponsor. Noisapp is a new mobile application that automates your music volume based on your motion. It turns your music up when you are moving, and turns it down when you stop moving or slow down.

 

As fellow avid skiers, we are constantly annoyed when we have to mess around with headphones and smartphones during our ski day. So we have built Noisapp - motion controlled music!

 

Noisapp is ideal for skiers and boarders who listen to music while they ride. The app enables you to seamlessly listen to music when you are moving, and gives you the ability to talk to friends, or be more aware of your surroundings, when you stop or slow down, without touching your headphones or smartphone. 

 

It's available free on the Apple AppStoreGoogle Play Store, and Windows Phone Store.

 

The free and paid versions are functionally identical except the free version has ads (they do not disrupt your music).

 

We think Noisapp is awesome! and we need your feedback to make even better! We would love to hear your questions, thoughts, and feedback so we can continue to improve Noisapp and make the experience as seamless as possible; so you can focus on skiing!

 

We will be giving away 3 Apple AppStore (iPhone) promo codes for the ad free version on July 31 in a random drawing of members who leave their feedback in this thread.

 

To enter the drawing just reply to this thread with your questions, feedback, or thoughts regarding Noisapp.

 

The best way for us to keep improving Noisapp is continued feedback from fellow skiers, boarders, and community members who find it useful, so let us know what you think in the thread and on the Noisapp EpicSki sponsor page.

 

We hope you enjoy using Noisapp as much as we do!


Edited by noisapp - 7/27/15 at 10:51pm

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post #2 of 25

How does it work when riding the chair lift? Sometimes I want to listen to music on the chair and sometimes people want to talk to me.

post #3 of 25
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Here are some additional details about Noisapp that may answer some questions many people may have.

 

Noisapp works with any media player* (iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, etc). This means the application works with the music you already listen to on your phone.

 

Noisapp requires iOS 6.0, Android 4.0, or Windows Phone 8.1.

 

While Noisapp was built for snowboarding and skiing, it can be useful for mountain biking, cycling, running, walking, or driving; It works with essentially all activities involving music and motion. Noisapp's core function of automating your volume can be configured to fit many different riding styles and activities. Users can configure several parameters within the app's settings, which enables it to be used under a wide variety of circumstances.

 

The main settings include:

 

On Volume: Volume level while in motion.

Off Volume: Volume level while stationary.

Fade Speed: Speed in which the music volume is faded in and out.

Sensitivity: Movement threshold that will activate motion tracking.

 

In addition to these parameters, Noisapp GPS mode allows users to set a MPH (or km/h) threshold at which their music turns up and down. This mode is ideal for activities involving long periods of smooth (constant velocity) motion.  In GPS mode, the app will measure your max speed so you can easily decided where your speed threshold should be.

 

Links to each app store, and demo videos are available on Noisapp's landing page: http://www.noisapp.net

 

Follow Noisapp on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

 

Note: iPhone users must allow Noisapp to use location services to run in the background.

 

*Windows Phone users must have music on their device.

post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

How does it work when riding the chair lift? Sometimes I want to listen to music on the chair and sometimes people want to talk to me.

 

I added another post with additional details about Noisapp that may answer some reoccurring questions. 

 

Now on to your specific question: Noisapp has two main states: 

 

Disabled: Noisapp is OFF and not sensing motion. (Noisapp is disabled when you see the blue button, with back logo.)

 

Enabled: Noisapp is ON and is sensing motion. (Noisapp is enabled, when you click the big blue button, the button will expand and fill the screen, logo will turn white.)

 

If you wanted to listen on the chairlift for example you would simply disable (turn off) Noisapp, and you can play your music as normal. With that said we have had requests to have the ability to enable and disable Noisapp on the fly with the button on most headphones, however the current release you must enable/disable Noisapp via the on-screen button (Typical Noisapp use would be to enable it once at the begining of the day, put it in your pocket, and leave it on). It was designed to either be used or not, but we understand that people may want to switch between the enabled and disabled state, so it is definitely on our feature request list to make switching between Noisapp enabled and disabled easier.


Edited by noisapp - 7/14/15 at 2:52am
post #5 of 25

First I was wondering if the movement of the chair would be enough to let the music play. In theory if you set the velocity setting low enough (e.g. < 4mph) would that let the music play while riding the lift? I was hoping there would be some way to move the smartphone and have the app use the accelerometer/gyroscope to detect a specific shake/tilt movement to toggle the volume setting.

post #6 of 25
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Quote:
First I was wondering if the movement of the chair would be enough to let the music play.

 

This depends on the 'sensitivity' setting. If you set it less than a quarter of the way from the left, the chairs motion might be enough to turn on the music. You would need to experiment with the sensitivity for your specific device in this case.

 

Quote:
 In theory if you set the velocity setting low enough (e.g. < 4mph) would that let the music play while riding the lift?

 

Yes, this is the case, if you set the velocity below the speed of the chairlift, the music will continue to play on the lift.

 

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I was hoping there would be some way to move the smartphone and have the app use the accelerometer/gyroscope to detect a specific shake/tilt movement to toggle the volume setting.

 

This is along the same lines as allowing the headphone button to enable/disable Noisapp's motion sensing. I personally think the idea is interesting and would make a useful feature.

post #7 of 25

" it can be useful for ...driving"

How does it work for driving? My car might be cruising at 70mph but as the driver, I'm pretty much at a standstill. I usually don't listen to music outside, but I might like to try this app out. Thank you!

post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by CookieDecali View Post
 

" it can be useful for ...driving"

How does it work for driving? My car might be cruising at 70mph but as the driver, I'm pretty much at a standstill.

 

For driving you would use GPS mode, and set the speed threshold to whatever would be useful for you. For example if you ride motorcycles with your friends, and want to talk at the stop lights/stop signs without messing with your headphones, you could set it to 5MPH. Then if you drop below 5MPH your music volume will lower so you can chat.

 

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Originally Posted by CookieDecali View Post
 

I usually don't listen to music outside, but I might like to try this app out. Thank you!

 

Awesome! Our pleasure! If you do try it out, please let us know your experience! Thanks for your question and feedback.


Edited by noisapp - 7/7/15 at 9:31am
post #9 of 25

Can this app do the opposite? Is it possible to turn my music down when I'm riding and up when I'm at a standstill?

post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by botsone View Post
 

Can this app do the opposite? Is it possible to turn my music down when I'm riding and up when I'm at a standstill?

 

 

Yes. If you set the On Volume lower than Off Volume the music will lower while in motion, and turn up when you stop. So you could in principle have your music down while you are riding, and be listening to your music on the chair.


Edited by noisapp - 7/8/15 at 11:30am
post #11 of 25

I just downloaded the app. I haven't used it yet, but I'm entered in the contest! I think this a great idea.

post #12 of 25

I'm an android user. This isn't going to affect ring volumes, right? Just Media output?

 

Wait, it lists the apps it will control under the Media Player menu, right?

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post
 

I'm an android user. This isn't going to affect ring volumes, right? Just Media output?

 

Correct. Noisapp will not affect ring volumes or phone calls, just the media player.

 

Quote:

Wait, it lists the apps it will control under the Media Player menu, right?

 

Yes, on an Android device you must select your media player from the list, and also have that media player opened in the background, and ready to play/playing music. On an iPhone, you just need to have your music playing as normal when you enable Noisapp. Thanks for your questions. Please let us know your experience and feedback!

post #14 of 25

Sounds awesome. It's no fun fumbling with buttons on a cord when you're wearing gloves and my helmet's bluetooth adaptor is horrible.

 

Any plans for Apple Watch support, or is that something that wouldn't even add value? I ask not having used the app yet, obviously.

post #15 of 25
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When you try it, please let us know your experience! Noisapp works with any headphones including bluetooth headphones, so if you have a bluetooth enabled headset it will just be an added convenience. Just FYI, you can test Noisapp just walking around your kitchen, you do not need to be skiing or snowboarding to 'try it out'. Actually it is advised that you play around with it first, so you understand and dial in the settings before you ski with it (then when you do go skiing, you can just adjust the sensitivity/speed threshold to your liking). We are experimenting with Apple Watch (which requires a bluetooth headset). The value add would be that there is no need to carry your phone, so it would be situational, so stay tuned for that! Thank you for your feedback.

post #16 of 25

I would totally try this if I didn't have to touch my phone at all. W/ my current bluetooth headphones (Chips by Outdoortech) all I have to do at -20 degrees is gently tap the outside of my earpad to pause, play, cntrl vol... etc...., no glove removal. Sounds like you guys are on to something but , no glove... no love! (If I have to go back to taking my gloves off in the New England cold........ you get the picture!) Work that out and I'll try it! :) Good luck!  

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post
 

I would totally try this if I didn't have to touch my phone at all.

 

This is actually the point of Noisapp. It turns your music up when you are in physical motion, and it turns it down when you slow down or stop moving. There is no need to remove your glove or touch your phone in any way after the app is enabled, and phone in pocket.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post
 

W/ my current bluetooth headphones (Chips by Outdoortech) all I have to do at -20 degrees is gently tap the outside of my earpad to pause, play, cntrl vol... etc...., no glove removal.

 

You may want to try the app walking around your kitchen to test it and understand what it does (it's free FYI). Once the app is enabled, and the phone is in your pocket, there is no need to touch the phone, and no need to remove your gloves. Also it will likely work with your current headphones, so you wont have to touch your headphones all day to turn your music on and off. Simply start moving and your music will turn up, slow down or stop moving, and your music turns down.

 

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Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post
 

Sounds like you guys are on to something but , no glove... no love! (If I have to go back to taking my gloves off in the New England cold........ you get the picture!) Work that out and I'll try it! :) Good luck!  

 

Thanks for your feedback. Again, no need to remove your gloves while using Noisapp, or even touch your phone for that matter (that's the point of the app). The app adjusts your music volume based on your physical motion (eg it turns your volume up when you are physically moving, and turns it down when you stop moving/slow down). You can try it walking around your kitchen, jogging, riding a bike, driving, or any activity where you are in physical motion. If you do happen to try it, please let us know your experience!


Edited by noisapp - 7/14/15 at 6:51am
post #18 of 25

You said this: " If you wanted to listen on the chairlift for example you would simply disable (turn off) Noisapp, and you can play your music as normal. With that said we have had requests to have the ability to enable and disable Noisapp on the fly with the button on most headphones, however the current release you must enable/disable Noisapp via the on-screen button (Typical Noisapp use would be to enable it once at the begining of the day, put it in your pocket, and leave it on)."

 

Here on the east coast we ride chairlifts a lot,  and sometimes I want to listen to music on the chairlift...........sometimes I don't, it depends on the company.............. this is what I was talking about when referencing having to  take off my gloves ............ when you get this option sorted it will have solved a major issue for you. Having to touch any on-screen buttons is a no-go w/ mittens or thick gloves.

post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post

 

Here on the east coast we ride chairlifts a lot,  and sometimes I want to listen to music on the chairlift...........sometimes I don't, it depends on the company.............. this is what I was talking about when referencing having to  take off my gloves ............ when you get this option sorted it will have solved a major issue for you. Having to touch any on-screen buttons is a no-go w/ mittens or thick gloves.

 

Gotcha, you were referring to enabling and disabling Noisapp, and not Noisapp's general use when enabled. I understand now, and appreciate your feedback! We have plans to implement the use of the headphone button to enable/disable the motion tracking, so expect to see that in a future release. Thanks again for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated!

post #20 of 25

As riding chairlifts is an integral part of skiing, disabling and enabling Noisapp for chairlift control and convenience needs to be an integral part of it's "general use when enabled" . Figuring out how to manage the the controls during motion on a chairlift w/o glove removal,  is integral to your tech.

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post
 

As riding chairlifts is an integral part of skiing, disabling and enabling Noisapp for chairlift control and convenience needs to be an integral part of it's "general use when enabled" . Figuring out how to manage the the controls during motion on a chairlift w/o glove removal,  is integral to your tech.

 

Agreed. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I will update the thread once that functionality has been implemented. Thanks for your interest.


Edited by noisapp - 7/14/15 at 7:58am
post #22 of 25

Okay  F$@!(#& ing COOL App. Just tried it and I like it!

 

Suggestions: Besides our previous conversation in the above thread. In your settings please add the option for "Pause" functionality so we may choose that or  Volume reduction. I'll get to a good song at the top of a run, pumped and ready to roll, and someone all of a sudden pulls up to chat or ski patrol w/ a warning, or something that interrupts my song. With your current functionality the song lowers but when I go to start my run I've missed part of the song while talking. I want the option for the songs to Pause when I stop, and start when I start.

 

Awesome! 

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post
 

Okay  F$@!(#& ing COOL App. Just tried it and I like it!

 

Excellent! Glad to hear you like it! Thanks for letting us know!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yo Momma View Post

 

Suggestions: Besides our previous conversation in the above thread. In your settings please add the option for "Pause" functionality so we may choose that or  Volume reduction. I'll get to a good song at the top of a run, pumped and ready to roll, and someone all of a sudden pulls up to chat or ski patrol w/ a warning, or something that interrupts my song. With your current functionality the song lowers but when I go to start my run I've missed part of the song while talking. I want the option for the songs to Pause when I stop, and start when I start.

 

You can set Noisapp to pause the music by setting Off Volume all the way to the left. However, the pause feature is currently only available on Android, and Windows Phone versions of Noisapp. We are working to support pausing functionality on iOS (iPhone), unfortunately it comes down to a limitation of what Apple allows developers to do with the iOS operating system. We hope that Apple will address this limitation in a future iOS update. We will definitely update the thread when this is available.

post #24 of 25
Does the app consume my mobile data?
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by botsone View Post

Does the app consume mobile data?

 

No. Noisapp does not use data. Although, if you are streaming music, your media player will use data.

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