Additional Public Intents

Robin K shared this idea 2 years ago
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Would be great if there were some additional public intents available in Locus. With these a person can create some voice controls using Takser + AutoVoice for hands free Locus Interaction. Very handy for any power sports applications and in winter (gloves).


Add quick/auto named waypoint (no user other user interaction required)

Zoom in

Zoom out

Rotate map

Show view

Load map by name

Toggle Hold map center


Thank you.

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I like the idea of expanding the number of public intents because it allows me to control Locus Map using an external app (even an external device). For example, I can create verbal commands to "Create Waypoint" and "Pause Recording".

I would like the existing Waypoint intent to be enhanced (perhaps using an optional parameter) so that it can automatically create a new waypoint without user-interaction.

Currently, it presents a dialog-box allowing the user to edit the waypoint's name. The optional parameter would change the intent's behavior so it automatically create a waypoint using the default name (Point1, Point2, Point3, etc) without any user-interaction.

Similarly, intents to control zooming and panning should also accept parameters dictating the amount of zooming/panning. For example, integer values of 1-10 where 1=10% and 10=100%.

If this were available, I could say "Pan Right" and the map would pan to the right by the amount I had programmed (5=50% of the screens width). If I say "Zoom In", the map would magnify by whatever amount I had specified (1=10% for vector maps or 1 level for raster maps).

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Another suggestion: the Waypoint intent should also accept an optional parameter for "Waypoint Name".

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that way you could take phone out, shale it, and tasker could create a waypoint called " manual point whatever and date" voice control isnt always viable.

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i would also like the intent to open the compass and weather screens

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very good idea

Zoom in,

Zoom out,

Load map by name (Identifying card names by language is difficult. Each card precedes a number. 1_BadenWuerttemberg, 2_Germany .... then I can say invite card 2)


As with Alexa or Siri. I say hello Locus and Locus switches to voice control and waits for commands.


Or you can make your own command by voice with the locus then switch to voice control.

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what might be better is to combine with the new profiles


set up a profile to load a certain map, then call profile with intent

i could see this being very usefull

if combined with tasker, you could then say "locus load bike " etc etc

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An intent to select maps would require a non-optional parameter for "map name". The "map name" must be spelled the way it appears in Locus's list of maps (and it must be in whatever language you use).

For example, in English, the AutoVoice macro could be something like "Show Map Cycling" and it would transmit a Map intent with the parameter "OpenCycleMap".

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The future is voice control. Siri, Alexa, Bixby. The new Bixby from Samsung should surpass everything else. There is a separate button. Perhaps you can use this for such a function.

Let's wait a few weeks and look where the way goes.

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Unless Samsung's Bixby is available for all Android phones, and comes with an API, and can work without an Internet connection, it is not a good option for Locus Map.

Google plans to release an API for Google Assistant. Developers will be able to create custom Actions. However, I don't know if these Actions will require an Internet connection to process them.

https://developers.google.com/actions/

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I just found this Samsung news release and it indicates Bixby works "in the cloud" so it is not a suitable voice-interface for offline navigation apps like Locus Map.

https://news.samsung.com/global/bixby-a-new-way-to-interact-with-your-phone

"Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby."

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