NEW AND IMPROVED APP FOR MAC AND APPLE TV - PUBLIC BETA RELEASE

YURIY RYASHKO - 09/18/2019

Boom, boom, boom!!! It is time! With humanity accelerating its development in the 21st century, we are bringing you our new app concept with the long-awaited platforms, macOS and AppleTV. Just as expected in the 21st century, it is both super-powerful and super-simple-and-friendly to use. And surely, as you expected, there is a huge update of high quality routes, both AR-enhanced and standard ones.

Intro

Teaser 1:



Teaser 2:



New Features - Highlighted Functionality

Here is a quick overview for this release. After watching, you will be ready to go and download. :)

 


For those who did not go immediately and download, but want to learn more, let’s take a look at the new features and details.

 

REDESIGNED UI AND USER EXPERIENCE

 

A few words need to be said about the approach. With the design of the new app, our team wanted to get rid of all the annoying issues with the old, past interface, and take into account feedback accumulated over the years from our users, partners and community.  So, the #1 priority for the new app was SIM-PLI-CI-TY - while the basic concept and underlying technology did not change on both Augmented and Virtual Routes - everything is still about the rides at your favorite locations, iconic cycling places or next race.


 

*This a start screen. In the future, the fourth plate in the middle right part will show up, demonstrating your last activities and results.

From the start screen, you are just 1 Click away from:

  • Starting a ride
  • Choosing a Route
  • Joining a Challenge or Race (Time Trial)
  • Connecting your sensors or trainer unit
  • Accessing main settings



*New Route Gallery View, all interactive

This is what the brand-new app concept aims for and does provide:  the utmost simplicity and immersiveness. A high level of immersiveness is achieved with the improved FULL HD video quality for existing apps and QHD availability in the new app. And the next point is just about that.


“4K READY” / QUAD HD VIDEO QUALITY

 

The video resolutions of 540p, 720p, 1080p are available now for online streaming, and 1440p (QHD 2560 × 1440 pixels) only for downloaded routes.

 

The current release ends the public beta period for our augmented reality/routes (AR) as a feature.  The new app enhances Augmented Routes 2.0 - completely auto-smoothed elevation profile with a top-level, realistic immersive feel and much better video quality - 1440p with the super high bitrate -> comparable to 4K. Extended description and details are here.

Streaming 4K is very challenging for both the server side and user’s network infrastructure, but one day it will be there. With the available QHD, we are just one ladder step closer to that goal.


UNLIMITED VIRTUAL PARTNERS

 

Basically, this feature allows you to simulate any race...Yes, any race from the past or any race still to take place in the future. No more 1-3 rider limitations! Do you want to ride in a crowded peloton? Just click as many times as the number of riders you want to see on that course and...voila!

 



Any ride and record can be visualized and replayed, based on on the real second-by-second historic ride data. If you don’t like to be compared to others, you can switch to a comparison of yesterday’s you and your own best efforts. Just put your nickname in the search window, and choose only your records from the past. Yep, welcome to the Matrix! You are in a race with a dozen “you’s” all around. Don’t fail that one - your own projections are watching you! ;) No, it is not a fairy tale and you are not a magician, but it works just like that.


GROUP RIDES

 

Nothing changes. You will see any riders in real-time if they are on the same AR course at the same time as you. To ride together, bring your friends online or find riding partners in the Rouvy Athletes group.   



A little spoiler here:  official group rides for different time zones are planned for the upcoming winter. 


CUSTOMIZED RIDER MODELS

 

Avatars now have the option to be modified with the possibility of changing their jersey, apparel color and skin color.


 

Both male and female 3D models were improved. Once you test and check them out, let us know if you like them.


QUICK AND REDESIGNED TRAINER CONNECTION

 

The connection process has been automated to the highest possibility that the hardware allows at the moment.   


With a click on “Connect Trainer,”  the app will scan the available sensors in the vicinity, (without browsing any long unfolding equipment lists) and all you need to do is CLICK to confirm the chosen sensor. Yeah - that is it!


NEW AR AND STANDARD ROUTES

 

Following our tradition, a part of every big release is new exciting roads to explore.

 


This time, we ride some UK Classics in Scotland and the UK. Find the full overview of the new released routes in this blog post.


PRICING:  ABSOLUTELY FREE WHILE IN BETA

 

Yes, you read it correctly. No charge for the Mac and Apple TV app while it stays in public beta. Once the public beta period is over (expect at least a couple of months), the app will charge according to our present pricing plans. (Make sure to go over the beta limitations marked at the end of the post.)

 

DOWNLOAD places: 

 

Find and download Rouvy AR here for Mac, or Appstore for Apple TV.


THE ROADMAP FOR OTHER APPS: 

 

We plan to release new features in the next few months for all other platforms (Win, iOS, Android) as well.

With that, keep pedaling and enjoy your rides and training on Mac and Apple TV!

 

UPDATE: 

 

January 22, 2020: ROUVY AR is released into beta for Windows and iOS. Android is coming soon as well. 


P.S. Read carefully the following limitations

 

Apple TV’s technology-related, specific limitations:

 

  • only Bluetooth (for connection of any specific ANT+ device to Apple TV, you can buy an ANT+->BLE adapter)
  • max 2 connected devices
  • if you are a new user, you have to create a Rouvy account via website www.rouvy.com
    (not possible in Apple TV)

 

Public Beta App Limitations:

 

Before contacting our help desk with anything related to the new app for Mac and Apple TV,   please go through the full list of public beta limitations

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  • ddfisch - 04/08/2020
    I have not been able to find the 'reality mode' function in Rouvy AR that was present in Rouvy. Is there a way to implement reality mode in the RouvyAR platform?
  • alexpopagiant - 04/06/2020
    I cannot connect the kinetic road machine smart control t 6100 trainer, I get an error as it cannot be connected as controllable in rouvy AR program. In the rouvy workout application it works very well controllable on AR routes.
    Please solve the problem. Thanks, Alex
    • lrose44 - 04/07/2020
      Same problem for me. Would love a fix.
  • felippecampos - 04/04/2020
    Hello there, greattings from Brazil. I'm using Rouvy for the last months, however since the last update (Rouvy AR) I'm not abble to connect my notebook app with Ant+ stick. It's still supported? Loving the news so far, despite that. Thanks.
  • merobinso - 03/29/2020
    Just did my first ride. Everything synced flawless...my smart trainer, my Ipad Pro, my Garmin 1030. I dowloaded the Passo Gavia video to my ipad. But where is it stored? Is it possible to download to a solid state drive so my Ipad storage isn't filled? Plus, I will also use my Macbook at times, and would like to avoid having to download multiple times. Love this app so far. Thanks.
    • yuriy888 - 03/30/2020
      Thanks for the feedback. The "download" is recommended for the best experience. To keep the space clean, you can always delete the video after the ride is over and download again before the next ride. For the external drives' workaround tips please drop a message to support@rouvy.com Thanks.
  • j1mmyswaggart - 03/27/2020
    Are you able to access TrainingPeaks plans via Rouvy AR or will I have to access them through the Rouvy app
    • yuriy888 - 03/30/2020
      You should use "ROUVY Workouts" app for TrainingPeaks and workouts library and "ROUVY AR" for online races. Cheers.
  • kasver - 02/07/2020
    I am not sure what happened, but your latest update to the new Apple TV 4K APP has created an issue where it no longer controls the resistance on my Eleite Direto smart trainer.

    I have removed and added it back manually and have uninstalled the trainer and APP and re-installed them multiple times. I have also tried just using the Directo alone with out a HR monitor of the cadence/power sensors.
    • mauriceendhoven - 02/15/2020
      I have the exact same problem. Did you manage to find a fix for it?
      • yuriy888 - 02/17/2020
        Update your apps, there was a new release last Thursday with some fixes.

        IMPROVEMENTS:
        - video playback performance
        - android support
        FIXES:
        - TVOS device reconnection after app restart
        - jersey selection
        - TACX trainers broken connection
        - other minor bug fixes

        If the problem persist contact the help desk.
    • yuriy888 - 02/10/2020
      This is not a support desk, please contact support@rouvy.com
      They will check your setup and help you out. Cheers.
      • kasver - 02/11/2020
        Great customer supportive answer. Time to find a new training App
        • yuriy888 - 02/12/2020
          Complaining about the free product, at the place which is not purposed for that, does not look appropriate... There are plenty of apps and each has its own issues. We are pretty sure to have one of the best value-for-money offerings. And even free versions, which does not seem enough for some :)

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