Chekov: Voice Checklists For Pilots

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Chekov: Voice Checklists For Pilots

Chekov is a free voice-driven checklist application for iPhone and iPad. Chekov makes it easy to build, edit, and run checklists. Respond to each list item by either tapping the item or by speaking an acknowledgement word or phrase.

Chekov lets users to create up to ten checklists, each with up to ten items. An in-app purchase unlocks the full potential of Chekov, with unlimited lists, unlimited items, and list sharing. The upgrade is priced at $4.99 USD.

Install Chekov from the Apple App Store:

Using Chekov


List add / edit demo.
 

Creating / Editing Lists

Editing an existing list: To edit an existing list, swipe left on the list item in the main view. This will expose an Edit and a Delete button. Tap edit to make changes to the list. Tap delete to delete the list.

To create a new list: Tap the “+” button in the upper right-hand corner of the main view. This will launch the list editor. (See below for details on using the list editor.)

List editor: Fill in the list name. Optionally set the list function (an aviation-specific value used to automatically launch lists in certain phases of flight). If you want to chain the list (i.e. automatically launch another list on completion), use the On Completion option to select the target list.

Adding list items: Tap the “+” button on the menu bar. This will launch the item editor. Fill in the Item Text and Item Audio Prompt fields. Optionally enter additional acknowledgement words* in the Audio Response Options field. Optionally enter item details in the Detail Description text field. Tap the back button in the upper left-hand corner to return to the List Editor screen.

Re-ordering list items: To change the order of the list items, tap the “Edit” button in the upper right-hand corner of the List Editor screen. This will put the list into edit mode. Use the drag handles on the right-hand side of the items to revise the order. Use the Delete button to delete unwanted list items. Tap the Edit button again to exit edit mode.

Deleting list items: To delete an individual list item, swipe the item to the left to reveal the delete button. Tap delete.

Running A List

To run a list, tap the list name. This will cause Chekov to display the list, select the first list item and speak the associated audio prompt. To continue to the next list item you can:

– Say the English word “check”.
– Say any of the custom acknowledgement words for the item.
– Tap the item.

To cancel a list you can:

– Say the English phrase “cancel list”.
– Tap the “Done” button on the list view’s navigation bar.

To skip a list item, say the English word “skip”.

To repeat the current list item, say the English word “repeat”.

For details on the current list item, say the English word “details”.

Chekov Settings

To access the settings view, tap the three-line “hamburger” button in the upper left-hand corner of the main view.

The “Display Checklist” toggle button allows you to enable or disable the visual display of lists. If “Display Lists” is turned off, running the list will result in the system playing audio prompts and expecting audio responses.

The “Play Checklist Audio” toggle button allows you to enable or disable audio checklists. If “Play Checklist Audio” is turned off, running the list will result in the list view being displays without any associated audio prompts or responses.

The “Audio” row displays the current audio interface, which is either “Speaker” or “Headphones”. (Note that at this time ‘Headphones’ is used for all remote connected audio interfaces including Bluetooth audio devices.)

The “Voice” option allows you to select any of the available text-to-speech voices.

The “Language” option allows you to select the language used for speech recognition.

Upgrading: Unlocking Chekov

The settings view also contains an option to purchase an “unlock” upgrade or to restore a previously purchased upgrade. The upgrade removes the default 10 list / 10 item limit. To upgrade, tap the “Upgrade Now: {price}” button. To restore a previous purchase, tap the “Restore Previous Purchase” button.

The upgrade also enables list sharing. After the upgrade you can access the action (share) button on the List Editor.

 

* Note that acknowledgement words must be valid, recognizable “dictionary” words in the currently selected language. Do not enter phonetically spelled words, portmanteaus, or non-standard forms.