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Puzzlebox Orbit - Instruction Manual: Android

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Preparing the Puzzlebox Orbit

  • The first step before using your Puzzlebox Orbit is charge both the Orbit helicopter as well as the infrared dongle using the included USB charging cable
  • Please be certain the helicopter is in the "Off" position while charging
  • A red light will appear inside the USB cable itself when a connected device is fully charged

Download the Puzzlebox Orbit software from Google Play

  • Click the following link or search for "Puzzlebox Orbit" in the Google Play store:

  • You will need to accept the security permissions to allow the Puzzlebox Orbit software to communicate over Bluetooth with your NeuroSky MindWave EEG headset

  • It is recommend to select "Allow automatic updating" as the Puzzlebox Orbit software will be updated frequently include new features and add support for more devices

  • The Puzzlebox Orbit software should now be installed

Connecting to the NeuroSky EEG MindWave Mobile

  • If you have not already, please enable Bluetooth and pair your NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset with your device.
  • The NeuroSky headset has three positions for its power switch: Off, On, and Pairing Mode. If you slide the switch past On and into Pairing Mode, you should see the blue light blink repeatedly.
  • Once the blue pairing light is blinking, you can select "Scan For Devices" to search for your NeuroSky headset

Connecting the Infrared Dongle to your Android Device

  • The infrared ("IR") dongle should be plugged into the headphone jack of your Android device
  • Because control commands are issued to the IR dongle through the audio port, it is necessary to turn the volume up to the maximum level. You may see a warning message during this procedure, which can safely be ignored.

  • Ensure the volume is at maximum after connecting the IR adapter. If you set the volume prior to plugging in the IR adapter you may only be setting the internal speaker volume, and not the headphone jack volume.

  • NOTE If your Android device features a sound enhancer (such as "Beats Audio") this must be disabled in your sound settings

Using the Puzzlebox Orbit software

  • Once your EEG headset is paired you can start the Puzzlebox Orbit software

  • Press "Connect" to start receiving data from the EEG headset
  • The light on the NeuroSky headset should become steady blue while it is connected to the Puzzlebox Orbit software. If at any time the light turns red it will be necessary to Disconnect and Reconnect to the headset.
  • Notice the green "Signal" bar. This measures the contact quality between the ear clip and your skin.

  • The Signal bar must fill completely in order for your brainwaves to be processed accurately
  • If the green Signal bar does not appear or does not fill you can try moistening your earlobe with water or use an alcohol swab on the EEG sensors. It is not recommended to use water on the EEG headset

  • When a clean Signal has been established, your brainwaves will be graphed in red for Attention and blue for Meditation
  • Slider buttons are included on the Attention and Meditation progress bars and serve as targets for those respective mental states

  • When your brainwaves are detected as having crossed either target threshold, a control signal will be sent to the Puzzlebox Orbit to take off

Advanced Settings

  • As of version 1.2 an "Advanced Settings" option has been added to the software which offers a number of additional new controls:
  • Throttle: Controls how high the Orbit will fly when activated. As battery power drops this setting may need to be increased in order to maintain a consistent response.
  • Yaw: Controls the clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation of the Orbit.
  • Pitch: Controls the forward/backward motion of the Orbit helicopter. This is achieved by operating the small propeller at the top of the Orbit.
  • Channel: If an Orbit helicopter fails to respond to a control command changing channels may help (but first try "Invert Control Signal" - see below)
  • Generate Control Signal: In the original 1.0 release of the Puzzlebox Orbit software, the flight characteristics were hard-coded into a WAV file. This capability has been preserved for backward compatibility, though it is now disabled by default. If your Puzzlebox Orbit was functioning properly prior to the version 1.2 but is currently experiencing difficulty, checking this box should restore functionality.
  • Invert Control Signal: Android devices differ from one another on a hardware level. Certain models are known to use audio chipsets whose output requires adjustment in order to communicate with the Puzzlebox Orbit through the infrared dongle. One example is the HTC One X International Edition (see ticket:1). Enabling this option should be the first thing to try if an Android device fails a "Test Flight".

Additional notes on flying the Puzzlebox Orbit

  • There is a power switch on the helicopter itself. After a couple minutes the helicopter may time out if no control signal is received. Simply power the helicopter off and back on again.
  • The Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter also features a "safety mode" which is triggered whenever the helicopter crashes or the propeller blades are physically interrupted while in motion. To restore flight simply power cycle the helicopter (power off and back on again).
  • A blue light appears on the IR dongle when it is activated. If the light does not appear, be certain to check the volume settings for your device.
  • A button marked "Test Flight" is present in the software interface. Pressing this will cause a test signal to be sent to the Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter. This can be used to verify your device is configured properly. If this feature does not work, the volume level is confirmed at maximum, the IR dongle is firmly inserted into the headphone jack, and all devices are fully charged, please let us know the make and model number of your Android device by Contacting Us