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Click Hear (and also Click Heard)

 

The Click Hear app is a tool that assists dog trainers to see a graphical history of their clicker training sessions. What Click Hear does is listen (hear) for the frequencies made by your own clicker and records the date and time for each click made for the current clicker training session. This can be particularly useful for professional dog trainers but can also help individual dog owners in understanding how, over time, their dog clicker training sessions can be altered to produce better results. Click Hear uses digital signal processing (DSP) and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method to detect the frequencies of dog clickers.


Here's a clip from Wiki about Clicker training...


Clicker Training is an operant conditioning method for training an animal using a clicker or small mechanical noisemaker, as a marker for behavior. The method uses positive reinforcement - it is reward based. The clicker is used during the acquisition phase of training a new behavior, to allow the animal to rapidly identify that a behavior is sought and also the precise behavior of interest. (resource: Wiki - Clicker Training)


Click Heard


The Click Heard app is the same as the Click Hear app except that the Click Heard app is free and has Apple iAds. This free version works only on the iPhone and iPod Touch.


How to use Click Hear


The first page shows a listing of the Click Hear training sessions that you created. It shows the dog name, date and time of the session. Pressing a session cell displays the results page for that session.


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Pressing the plus (+) button on the first page will allow you to create a new training session or calibrate your clicker.


We recommend that you first calibrate your clicker so that Click Hear learns the frequencies of your clicker. Press the gear icon and you will enter Calibration mode.


To obtain an accurate calibration you should be in a relatively quiet environment. Note that no data entry is allowed while in Calibration mode.


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With clicker in hand and at the distance from the iPhone that your training session will occur, press the Calibration button and press the clicker so that it makes 10 clicks. Note that a clicker makes two clicks, one while depressed and one when released (press, release, click, click).


After the calibration is done the page returns to the standard Start Session screen. Now you're ready to start your training session! Fill in your dog's name and set the training session parameters. You can enter in a session duration in minutes or a session duration in seconds or both. Then press the Start Session button.


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When a training session is active the data entry fields become inactive. If a duration in minutes was given then the Count Down timer is displayed and begins to count down to zero. When Click Hear identifies a clicker sound, the Click Counter advances by one.


The frequency bar displays towards the bottom. You don't have to watch this bar while training. It's just there as a visual clue that the iPhone is listening. The green area on this bar indicates the frequency range of your clicker.


A training session ends when the Count Down reaches zero (if Session Minutes was entered) or when the Click Count reaches the Session Clicks amount (if the Session Clicks was entered). If both were entered then the first one to reach its goal will end the session.


When a session ends the Session page will automatically save your data and return you back to the home page. The home page will display a new entry for the session you just completed.


Crunching the Numbers


The training sessions that you record with Click Hear are stored in a database and displayed in graph form whenever you put your iPhone in landscape orientation. What displays depends on which screen you're on in Click Hear.


The Seconds between Clicks graph displays when you are looking at the results of a particular training session. Note that other graphs are revealed for your currently viewed training session by swiping left or right.


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When displaying a graph from the home page, the data reflected in the graph represents all sessions together. Note that in the graph below the title is not prefixed with a dog name and indicates that it is a summary of all your training sessions.


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Please email us if you have any support questions: jim@jimvision.com



  • Click Hear - Version History
  • Version 1.1 - Released on September 30, 2012
    • Updated for iOS 6.
    • Updated to utilize larger screen size on the iPhone 5.
    • Leading and trailing spaces are now removed from the Dog Name during the saving of a dog training session.
  • Version 1.0 - Released on June 8, 2012
    • Initial release.

  • Click Heard - Version History
  • Version 1.1 - Released on June 17, 2013
    • Corrects minor bug to data access.
  • Version 1.0 - Released on June 9, 2013
    • Initial release.