WaveOff: toggle your iPhone’s screen with a wave gesture

WaveOff Hero

If you own a jailbroken iPhone, you can now toggle its screen on and off using a simple wave gesture. WaveOff, a tweak released yesterday on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, allows end users to move their hands to and from across the devices proximity sensor to turn toggle its screen.

It’s a bit on the gimmicky side, but WaveOff is a good tweak for those moments when you want to show off in front of your friends and family. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean.

While WaveOff works pretty much as one would expect, there are a few things that you should know before dropping $0.99 for the tweak. First and foremost, the wave gesture only works when the device is awake. If your device is locked and in sleep mode, the proximity sensor isn’t active, so the wave gesture won’t work.

You should also keep in mind that the gesture have to be performed fairly close to the iPhone’s screen — within inches. Waving your hand more than a few inches above the iPhone’s screen results in a fruitless endeavor.

If you can go into your purchase knowing these shortcomings, then you’ll likely be happy with WaveOff’s limited appeal. It’s good for showing off, but outside of that, it’s use is quite limited. Let me know what you think in the comments below.