Mobile phones have driven wristwatches and pocket timers out of vogue, but there are times when you are sure to miss those simple gadgets. You can use your $500 iPhone as a stopwatch, but if you are cooking in the kitchen or working with clay, it is probably not wise to touch the screen with dirty hands. Fortunately, Wave Timer for iPhone has got you covered in such scenarios. It is a timer app, but there are a couple of things that make it really unique. First, it has a great interface, complete with a spin wheel for setting the timer quickly, but the best part is that you can silence the alarm through motion detection, simply by waving your hand in front of the screen.
If the concept behind Wave Timer sounds a little familiar, it’s because the app is from the developers of another similar app, Wave Alarm. Having said that, the implementation of the concept is fairly different in this app, and we are sure you will find plenty of uses for it.
Wave Timer might be among the simplest apps we have reviewed in a long time, but it comes with an instruction screen nonetheless. These instructions can be viewed by hitting the small info icon in the bottom-right corner of the main screen. You can set the timer using the three-level dial that occupies the major portion of the app’s home screen. The innermost dial represents hours, the middle one is for minutes, while the outer one lets you specify the number of seconds.
When you’ve adjusted all the dials, hit the big play button and set the phone down. When the timer reaches its end, the alarm will go off. As mentioned earlier, the alarm can be silenced by hitting the play button again, shaking the device (motion detection), or waving past the front-facing camera at the top of the device. If the app is not in the foreground, you will still hear the alarm sound, but it will have to be turned off like an ordinary alarm. This means that you can’t exit Wave Timer after running it if you want to silence the alarm without touching the device (through motion detection).
From the app’s Settings menu, you can choose an alarm sound of choice, adjust the volume of the sound and toggle shake mode. An in-app purchase of $1.99 unlocks additional sounds. The app itself is free, and optimized for all iPhone and iPod touch devices that come with a front-facing camera.