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How to get the most out of OKO

A user crossing the street with OKO
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Welcome to the OKO app instructions page! We're thrilled to have you here and we're committed to helping you get the most out of your experience. OKO is a tool designed with you in mind whether you're a new user or an experienced user looking to explore more of what OKO has to offer. Here, you'll find step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and guides to navigate through all the functionalities of the app. So, buckle up and let's dive in to make your journey with OKO an engaging and rewarding one. Happy exploring!

The magic of OKO

Open the OKO app

Simply say 'Hey Siri, open OKO' for a hands-free experience. Alternatively, you can manually open the app by pressing the icon.

Phone positioning

Position your phone against your chest, ensuring the camera is facing the direction you want to cross. Some users consider using a lanyard case to let the phone hang freely for added convenience.

OKO stops you from veering off

While you're crossing, ensure to keep your phone against your chest. As soon as OKO no longer senses the pedestrian signal, it indicates that you are starting to drift off course. Simply readjust your direction, and you'll be back on track.

May the Force Be With OKO

Refrain from using power-saving mode, as it can negatively impact detection speed

What traffic lights does OKO recognize

OKO recognizes the Red hand to indicate the DON'T WALK, the Red hand with seconds next to it to indicate the COUNTDOWN and the white walking man to indicate the WALK signal. We do not recognize car traffic lights or stop signs. 

Open the OKO app

Simply say 'Hey Siri, open OKO' for a hands-free experience. Alternatively, you can manually open the app by pressing the icon.

A higher sense of orientation

Point away from the intersection to begin scanning the crossing. Gradually move towards the parallel street while keeping the camera aimed in the intended crossing direction. Once the pedestrian traffic signal is identified, the app will relay the information to you, confirming that you're facing the correct direction for crossing.

OKO fully offline

A significant feature of the OKO app is its ability to operate directly on your phone, ensuring consistent performance at each crossing. This local functionality also allows you to use the app even in airplane mode if desired.

OKO is an extra tool in your toolbox

OKO is an extra tool in your toolbox and is not a substitute to your O&M skills, nor a guide dog or a white cane. 

Share feedback with your voice

You can easily share feedback within the app itself by dictating what you would like to share and you never have to leave the app

Create a siri shortcut for OKO

With this straightforward Siri shortcut, launching the OKO app is as easy as double-tapping the back of your iPhone.

  1. Open the 'Shortcuts' app on your phone

  2. Create a shortcut to 'Open App'

  3. Select OKO as the app you want to open

  4. Hold this shortcut to rename it to 'Open OKO'

  5. Open your phone setting page

  6. Navigate to 'Accessibility

  7. In the 'Physical and Motor' tab press the 'Touch' tab

  8. All the way at the bottom select the 'Back Tap' tab

  9. Select the 'Double Tap' tab

  10. All the way at the bottom you will find your custom shortcut called 'open OKO'

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I have just recently over the past two weeks started using OKO, and I can honestly say this is a game changing app. it’s almost like having an audible pedestrian signal right in your hand. Plus, it is super simple to use.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - RJ zey

How to use OKO explained by Sam from The Blind Life

Checkout this video from Sam from The Blind Life explaining how to best use the OKO application. 

Materials for orientation and mobility specialists

At AYES, we believe that collaboration is key to creating the best possible tools for the visually impaired community. That's why we love working together with Orientation and Mobility trainers to ensure that our solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of their students.

Whether you're a trainer looking to incorporate our technology into your curriculum, or a student looking for new and innovative tools to help you navigate the world around you, we're here to help.

To learn more about our collaboration with Orientation and Mobility trainers, and to discover all the ways that AYES can help you achieve your goals, visit the following link today. Together, we can create a brighter future for everyone.

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