The GripBeats® Startup Guide (outdated)

For a PDF version of the Startup Guide, please download it here


PRENOTE

The GripBeats® App is currently under maintenance as is due for a new release around May/June 2022 time. For that reason, the following in-app features may not be fully functional and instead, we have created the patch-release method found here.


1. STARTUP

In this first section, there are a series of steps involved in downloading the GripBeats® App, and in turning on, connecting, updating and then calibrating your GripBeats® device which are all very important. Please read carefully!

  1. DOWNLOAD THE GRIPBEATS® APP

  2. Download the FREE GripBeats® App for

  3. Android: Until we launch on the official Android Play Store, the Android GripBeats® App will only be available from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gripbeats.gripbeats


  1. Apple iOS: Until we launch on the official Apple App Store, the iOS GripBeats® App will only be available from here: https://testflight.apple.com/join/Rf0zv6b5




  1. TURN ON AND CONNECT YOUR GRIPBEATS® DEVICE

  2. Make sure your device is charged by using the USB-C charging cable which comes included in the box.

  3. Turn on your device by pressing and holding the power button on the side of your GripBeats® unit until you see the light-ring make a short flash. Your device is now turning on.

  4. On the GripBeats® App, head on over to the following page:

  5. [GripBeats® App > Perform > Connected > Manage Devices]


  1. Click on “GripBeats®” and watch as the “Device 1 Disconnected” at the top of the screen becomes “GripBeats Connected”. You can now move on to calibrating your device by clicking “Start Calibrating” and following the instructions in the next section.

  2. Note that you can connect up to four separate GripBeats® devices to one GripBeats® simultaneously. That means you can play with three other hands and make an ensemble of four GripBeats® if you really wanted!

  3. If your GripBeats® device is not appearing, is unable to connect, or does not create sounds when entering the PERFORM page (later), then turn off your GripBeats® device, turn off the GripBeats® App and repeat whole Connectivity process above.


CALIBRATE YOUR GRIPBEATS® DEVICE
  1. Calibrating your GripBeats® is crucial if you want to be able to use GripBeats® to the best accuracy and best representation of how the device fits to your hand. Without calibrating your GripBeats® device, you may find that sensors trigger without you wanting them to, or that you are not able to perform certain triggers at all.

  2. On the GripBeats® App, you can visit the Calibration page either from the “Device Selection” page when connecting your GripBeats® device, or from selecting “Calibration” from the home page directly:

  3. [GripBeats® App > Home Page > Calibration]


  1. Choose the device you would like to calibrate and also confirm whether the device is being worn on your left hand or your right hand, an option you will see to the far right of “GripBeats® Connected”.


  1. You will see a large tab at the top of the screen with a hand outstretched performing what we call the ORIGIN gesture. This is simply a gesture of the hand outstretched, opened out in front of you parallel to the body, as if pointing out in front of you but with all fingers. Once you have your hand in position, click “GO!” in order to begin your calibration.


  1. You will know when the calibration has begun because the original “GO!” button will become “STOP” and you will also feel a single vibration. Keep your hand in the ORIGIN position and allow the calibration to run naturally in its own time.

  2. When the calibration has completed you will feel a double vibration.

  3. If you accidentally move your hand or you are not happy with your calibration, then you may select “STOP” and ‘Recalibrate’.

  4. You will know when the calibration has finished because the app “STOP” button will return to “OK” and then “DONE” and you will see the subsequent Gesture Calibrations below illuminate lower down on the screen in order to calibrate your device further.



  1. The ORIGIN calibration of the previous steps will calibrate your device’s pressure sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer offset values for the device’s resting positions. However, you will need to help provide the device with your hands’ full range of movement by calibrating the next “Required Gestures”.


  1. The YAW MIN/MAX Gesture Calibrations will perform similarly to the ORIGIN Calibration except that this time the user must squeeze their hand while performing continuous motions of the hand in the directions provided.



  1. The PITCH MIN/MAX Gesture Calibrations will perform similarly to the ORIGIN Calibration except that this time the user must squeeze their hand while performing continuous motions of the hand in the directions provided.


  1. The ROLL MIN/MAX Gesture Calibrations will perform similarly to the ORIGIN Calibration except that this time the user must squeeze their hand while performing continuous motions of the hand in the directions provided.




2. DIAGRAMS

  1. A DIAGRAM OF THE GRIPBEATS® DEVICE


In Grip Mode:
  1. When in Grip Mode, GripBeats® truly becomes the wearable digital musical instrument it was made to be. With access to all motion, acceleration and even pressure controls, the Grip Mode is the most versatile mode there is.

  2. To wear your GripBeats® in Grip Mode firstly

  3. Attach the GripBeats® to your wrist with the wrist strap only, as you would with a watch. Make sure the crown of the device (the top-facing side of the device) is on the inside or palm-facing side of the wrist.

  4. Get the FPC strip section of the GripBeats® device and wrap it firstly between the thumb and index, then around the back knuckles, and again back around the palm of the hand before then attaching back to itself using the FPC buckle around where the knuckles are on the device.




In Surface Mode:
  1. When laid out on a flat surface, GripBeats® can be played as piano or drum pad. It’s the perfect way of simulating playing a MIDI keyboard by simply laying out your GripBeats®.


In Wrist Mode:
  1. Wrist Mode is somewhat of a simpler version of Grip Mode where you still wear the device on your wrist but you simply don’t extend the FPC strip around the hand, it continues to wrap around the wrist. This way you can wear GripBeats® as a bracelet for whatever reason (being subtle, stylish or creative!) and still be able to make music using movement, acceleration and also pressure controls for the pressure sensors that you can access!




3. MAKING MUSIC

  1. Before making music, you should calibrate your GripBeats® device so that your device’s pressure and motion sensors do not trigger musical notes accidentally. To know how to calibrate your device, head over to the STARTUP section of the manual. Once calibrated, you can head over to the following page and make music:



4. PERFORM

  1. The PERFORM pages is the only place you need to be to make music. Here you can switch between musical instrument sounds, your gesture profiles, record, loop, change sound effects, tonality, and much more. You can visit the PERFORM page by heading over to:

  2. [GripBeats® App > Home Page > Perform > Loop]


INSTRUMENT TABS
  1. From the selection of INSTRUMENTS TABS (located on the third row from the top of the screen), select the third tab. This is the LEAD instrument tab which is best used for demonstrating more melodic instruments. You may also experiment with using the first tab (the DRUM instrument), the second tab (the BASS instrument), or even the fourth tab (the LOOP STATION).