Manual

1. Quick start guide

1.1 Overview of xBand

xBand has two buttons. The button with ridges going perpendicular to the strap is the Action Button and the button with ridges going parallel with the strap is the Morse Button.

1.2 Charge xBand

1. Plug in the USB Type C cable into the charging adapter.

2. Plug in the other end of the cable to any USB charger or powered USB port.

3. Connect the charging adapter to xBand. The charging pins on the underside of xBand should be aligned with the pins on the adapter.

4. If the adapter is connected correctly and xBand has started charging it will vibrate the letter: C. Dash, Dot, Dash, Dot.

When xBand is taken off the charger it will vibrate the letter: B. Dash, Dot, Dot, Dot.

Also, when xBand has less than 15% battery it will give you a warning by vibrating the letter: B. Dash, Dot, Dot, Dot.

1.3 Turning xBand on

If xBand is off, hold the Action button and release when xBand vibrates the letter: O. Dash, Dash, Dash.

1.4 Turning xBand off

If xBand is on, hold the Action button and release when you feel the first short vibration.

If xBand was on it will turn off after vibrating the letter: X. Dash, Dot, Dot, Dash.

1.5 Install the mobile app

Install the xBand app from App Store:

xBand App on the App Store

Or from Google Play:

xBand App on Google Play

1.6 Connect xBand to your phone

Open the app and check that you have Bluetooth enabled. Your phone will start looking for nearby xBands. Hold xBand close to the phone and turn it on. When the phone finds your xBand it will automatically connect and xBand will vibrate the letter: U. Dot, Dot, Dash.

If xBand fails to connect to your phone, try putting it in pairing mode (see below).

1.7 Put xBand into pairing mode

If the phone has failed to find the xBand, or if you want to connect to another phone you need to put xBand in pairing mode.

Enter pairing mode by holding the Action button, release when you feel the third short vibration. While xBand is in pairing mode it will be visible to any nearby phones and indicate this by repeatedly, every 15 seconds, vibrate the letter: I. Dot, Dot.

When xBand is found by a phone it will be automatically connected and vibrate the letter: U. Dot, Dot, Dash.

1.8 Use xBand as a standalone device

If you do not want to receive notifications from your phone on xBand and only want to use the time and date functions you can turn off Bluetooth on xBand. This can conserve battery in situations when you are not near enough to your phone for Bluetooth to work, or if you simply do not want to receive information from your phone on xBand.

Observe that xBand has to connect to a phone at least once for the time and date functions to start working. After you have connected to a phone for the first time, you can use the time and date functions on xBand without being connected to a phone. If xBand has been turned off you will have to connect to a phone again for the time and date functions to start working.

Disable Bluetooth on xBand and enter standalone state by holding the Action button, release when you feel the second short vibration. xBand will respond by vibrating the letter: S. Dot, Dot, Dot.

xBand will then disconnect from any phone it was connected to and will not try to reconnect to a phone again.

If you want to exit the standalone state and re-enable Bluetooth on xBand to connect to your phone again you can simply repeat the action: hold the Action button and release when you feel the second short vibration. xBand will then turn on in its normal state and respond by vibrating the letter: O. Dash, Dash, Dash.

After this, xBand should automatically reconnect to your phone. If not, put xBand in pairing mode.

You can also re-enable Bluetooth on xBand by turning xBand off and then on again, or by putting it in pairing mode.

1.9 Check if xBand is connected to a phone

You can check if xBand is connected to a phone by quickly pressing the Action button twice.

If xBand is connected it will respond by vibrating the letter: U. Dot, Dot, Dash.

If xBand is not connected it will respond with the letter: D. Dash, Dot, Dot.

If xBand is in a standalone state (Bluetooth on xBand is disabled) it will respond with the letter: S. Dot, Dot, Dot.

You can also see if xBand is connected on the Home Page in the app.

1.10 Check the battery level of xBand

Quickly press the Action button three times. The current battery level in percent will vibrate on xBand.

Example: Battery level is 81%. xBand will vibrate 81.

You can also see the battery level of xBand on the Home Page in the app.

1.11 Check the time or date

xBand can vibrate the current time in Morse code. Numbers in Morse Code follow a regular pattern and by using the time functions you will soon learn it. You can also practice the numbers in the app.

After the first time xBand has been connected, the time functions are available even when xBand is not connected to a phone. If xBand has been turned off you will have to connect to a phone again for the time and date functions to start working.

1.11.1 Current time in minutes

Quickly press the Morse button once. The current time in minutes will vibrate on xBand.

Example: Time is 12:37. xBand will vibrate 37.

1.11.2 Current time in hours and minutes

Press Morse button quickly two times (double click). The current time in hours and minutes will vibrate on xBand.

Example: Time is 12:37. xBand will vibrate 12 37.

1.11.3 Current date

Press Morse button quickly three times (triple click). The current date; day and month will vibrate on xBand.

Example: Date is November 5th. xBand will vibrate 05 11.

1.12 Cancel (Skip the rest of an incoming vibration message)

If xBand is vibrating (for example a notification message or the current time) you can quickly press the Action button once to stop xBand from continuing vibrating the incoming message.

Your xBand will also stop vibrating the current message if you initiate a new command by pressing any button on your xBand.

1.13 Repeat last message

To repeat the last message vibrated on xBand (for example a time message or a notification) hold the Morse button until the vibration feedback stops and then release. xBand will then vibrate the last message again.

2. Modes

Modes are the main way you decide how xBand interacts with your phone and how complex the information sent to xBand is. We recommend you start with Standard mode to intuitively learn to recognize different vibration patterns. After that you can start to practice receiving more complex information through vibrations and enjoy the many features of the other modes.

2.1 Standard Mode

Standard mode is the easiest mode to learn in the beginning. You do not have to learn complex vibration patterns and will in a short time be able to intuitively identify which app a notification comes from.

2.1.1 Notifications

When xBand is connected to a phone, any notification the phone receives will be sent to xBand in the form of a vibration pattern corresponding to the app that sent the notification.

The default vibration pattern for an app is the Morse Code for the first two letters in the name of the app. For example "fa" for Facebook. You can also customize your own messages by adding your own abbreviations for different apps, for example setting "fb" for Facebook.

For notifications to work you have to allow xBand to receive notifications. This can be done in your phone's settings and you will get a warning in the app if this is not done.

2.1.2 Customized messages

When xBand is connected to your phone you can find settings for customized messages in the xBand information section of the app's Home Page. Abbreviations are one way you can customize which vibration pattern is sent to xBand when you receive a notification. For Standard mode this means you can override the default of the two first letters in the app name.

You can add a new abbreviation by writing the app's name manually or by choosing the app in the list of your latest received notifications. The abbreviation you choose will be translated into vibrations in Morse Code the next time you receive a notification from that app.

2.2 Other Modes

Coming soon.

3. Band settings

When xBand is connected to your phone you can find the settings for xBand in the xBand information section of the app's Home Page. Here you can find settings for how fast vibration messages are received, vibration strength and behavior of the vibration motors.

3.1 Advice when choosing the vibration speed

We recommend you select a high speed for the vibrations themselves (character speed in words per minute). However, you need to be able to distinguish between short and long vibrations. The overall speed of a vibration message can then be decreased by using gap extension, which adds extra spacing between words and between characters. When you start using xBand you will probably want a longer gap extension. Over time, as you learn and get used to the different vibration patterns, you can decrease the gap extension.

4. Replacing the strap

We highly recommend that you use the strap provided with your xBand. It is however possible to replace the strap with other watch straps. If you want to replace the strap with a strap not provided by us, choose a strap with some elasticity. xBand needs to sit tightly on your wrist for the vibrations to be conveyed optimally, and a strap without elasticity might get uncomfortable when tightened.

4.1 Compatible straps

Choose a strap with a lug width of 20 mm.

As xBand uses a screw-in pin to attach to the strap not all universal watch straps with a straight mount will work. Straps with fixed, non removable pins will not work if the pin is not very similar to the one provided with the original xBand-strap. Straps without pins or with removable pins can be mounted on the original screw-in pin as long as they have a hole that is large enough.

Most straps for Garmin Fenix 5S, 6S and 7S will work with xBand.

4.2 Removing the old strap

Starting at one end of the strap, use the screwdriver that came with your xBand to unscrew the screw on one side of the strap-attachment. Sometimes it is necessary to hold the screw on the other side of the attachment fixed with another screwdriver to prevent the pin from spinning. Pull out the pin and screw.

Repeat with the other end of the strap.

Do not use the supplied screwdriver to unscrew the screws on the underside of xBand.

4.3 Attaching a new strap

Starting with one end of the strap, insert the pin through one side of the attachment on xBand, through the hole on the end of the strap and through the other side of the attachment. Secure the pin by inserting the screw in the other side of the attachment and  screw in place with the provided screwdriver.

Repeat with the other end of the strap.

5. Quick guide to vibration messages from xBand

5.1 O: Dash, Dash, Dash.

xBand has turned on.

5.2 X: Dash, Dot, Dot, Dash.

xBand has turned off.

5.3 U: Dot, Dot, Dash.

xBand is connected to a phone. Received when a connection is established or after checking the connection state if xBand is connected.

5.4 D: Dash, Dot, Dot.

xBand is disconnected from a phone. Received when a connection has ended or after checking the connection state if xBand is not connected.

5.5 S: Dot, Dot, Dot.

Bluetooth on xBand is disabled. It is in a standalone state and will not try to connect to any phone. Received when entering the standalone state or after checking the connection state if xBand is in a standalone state.

5.6 C: Dash, Dot, Dash, Dot.

xBand is charging. Received when xBand has been put correctly on the charger.

5.7 B: Dash, Dot, Dot, Dot.

Battery indication. Received when the xBand is taken off the charger or when the battery on xBand has reached below 15%.

5.8 I: Dot, Dot.

xBand is waiting for a phone to connect with it (repeated every 15 seconds).

5.9 T: Dash.Followed by numbers

An automatic time message. Received when you have automatic time turned on in the app.

5.10 Other letters, symbols and numbers

Are either a part of a notification, a time message or a date.

6. Quick guide to xBand commands

6.1 Turn on

If xBand is off, hold the Action button and release when xBand vibrates the letter: O.

xBand response: Letter: O, if xBand has turned on.

6.2 Turn off

If xBand is on, hold the Action button and release when you feel the first short vibration.

xBand response: Letter: X, if xBand is turning off.

6.3 Enter pairing mode

Hold the Action button and release when you feel the third short vibration.

xBand response: Letter: I (repeated every 15 seconds).

6.4 Toggle standalone state (Disable or enable Bluetooth)

Hold the Action button and release when you feel the second short vibration.

xBand response: Letter: S, if you have entered the standalone state (disabled Bluetooth). Letter: O, if you have exited the standalone state (enabled Bluetooth).

6.5 Check connection

Press Action button quickly two times.

xBand response: Letter: U, if xBand is connected. Letter: D, if xBand is not connected. Letter: S, if xBand is in a standalone state (Bluetooth on xBand is disabled).

6.6 Check battery level

Press Action button quickly three times.

xBand response: Current battery level in percent, for example 81 if the battery level is 81%.

6.7 Get current time in minutes

Press Morse button quickly one time. This corresponds to writing the letter: E, in Morse code: Dot.

xBand response: Current time in minutes, for example 37 if time is 12:37.

6.8 Get current time in hours and minutes

Press Morse button quickly two times. This corresponds to writing the letter: I, in Morse code: Dot, Dot.

xBand response: Current time in hours and minutes, for example 12 37 if time is 12:37.

6.9 Get current date

Press Morse button quickly three times. This corresponds to writing the letter: S, in Morse code: Dot, Dot, Dot.

xBand response: Current date; day and month. For example 05 11 if the date is November 5th.

6.10 Cancel

Press the action button quickly one time to skip an incoming message.

xBand response: Stops vibrating the current message.

xBand will also stop vibrating the current message if you initiate a new command by pressing any button on your xBand.

6.11 Repeat

Hold the Morse button until the vibration feedback stops and then release.

xBand response: Repeats the last vibrated message.

7. Trouble shooting

7.1 xBand does not connect to your phone

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on the phone, you are holding xBand close to the phone and xBand is on.

If xBand is not already in pairing mode, hold the Action button and release when you feel the third short vibration. xBand will then vibrate two short vibrations every 15 seconds.

Check that xBand is not already connected to another phone. Check this by quickly pressing the Action button twice, if xBand vibrates the letter: U, xBand is already connected to a phone.

Check that xBand is not in a standalone state with Bluetooth disabled. Check this by quickly pressing the Action button twice. If xBand vibrates the letter: S, the Bluetooth on xBand is disabled. Enable it again by holding the Action button until you feel the second short vibration.

If none of the above works and you are using an iPhone:

1. Close the app.

2. Go to Bluetooth settings on the phone and forget the pairing to xBand.

3. Set xBand in pairing mode.

4. Open the app again.

7.2 xBand is unresponsive

If xBand is unresponsive and it can neither be turned on nor turned off, make sure xBand is charged.

If that does not help then: Reset xBand (see below).

If that does not help: Contact support.

7.3 Reset xBand

You reset xBand by holding down both buttons (both the Morse button and the Action button) for at least ten seconds and then release both buttons. After this you can try turning xBand on again.

8. Support

If you need additional support or have any questions you can contact us through the Help-menu in the app or by emailing us at support@xtactor.com.