BuzzClip User Guide


Getting Familiar with your BuzzClip

Your BuzzClip consists of 4 main parts

The Rounded Top (A)

Rounded top and main body

This is the main control panel for the BuzzClip and it can be found at the top of the device. The sensor is housed here and it slightly protrudes out of it’s rounded enclosure. There are two buttons are located to the left and right of the sensor. The rounded top is on a hinged spring, thus this part of the BuzzClip can be rotated and locked at a 90-degree angle so it may also be used as a handheld.

The Main Body (B)

The Main Body contains the battery, circuit board as well as the charging port of the device. Edges of the main body have been chamfered, allowing you to run the finger along the part in order to locate the Micro-USB charging port.

The Lanyard Loop (C)

the lanyard loop and the vibrator housing

This is a small hole or loop located along the chamfered edge of the main body. This hole is to attach the lanyard that is included in your box for additional safety and security purposes (in case of drops, etc.)

The Vibrator Housing (D)

This rubberized part is where tactile information is delivered through vibrations. It will always be in contact with your body, so you can easily feel the vibrations. It is located at the back or bottom of the device. The shape of the housing provides a stable D anchor point for when the BuzzClip is being worn.


Operating your BuzzClip

Turning On your BuzzClip

Locate the On/Off Button

the on/off button

With the BuzzClip in your palm, you should be able to feel a circular ring at the top which is the sensor. To the left of the sensor, there is a rubberized button indented with a tactile marking to indicate the On/Off button.

  1. Press and hold this button to turn on your BuzzClip. You should then immediately feel a series of short vibrations followed by two longer vibrations. The shorter initial vibrations indicate the BuzzClip’s battery level:
    • 4 vibrations indicate that the battery is above 75%.
    • 3 vibrations indicate that the battery is between 50% -75%.
    • 2 vibrations indicate that the battery is between 25% -50%.
    • 1 vibration indicates that the battery is less than 25%. Charge it soon!

    The two longer vibrations that follow are to let you know that the BuzzClip is ready to go and begin detecting obstacles around you.

  2. Your BuzzClip’s default starting mode is a one-meter range.

Switching Between Modes on your BuzzClip

the mode button

Locate the Mode Button

With the BuzzClip in your palm, you should be able to feel a circular ring at the top which is the sensor. To the right of the sensor, there is a rubberized button with NO tactile mark. This is the Mode button.

  1. You can only switch between modes when the BuzzClip is ON. The device comes with three-modes:
    • a 1-meter mode,
    • a 2-meter mode
    • and a 3-meter mode.

    We suggest using the 1-meter mode for indoor use and the 2-meter and 3-meter modes for outdoor use.

  2. While the BuzzClip is ON, Press and hold the Mode button to change modes on your BuzzClip. You should then immediately feel two short rapid vibrations. This indicates that the BuzzClip is now in the 2-meter mode.
  3. Press and hold the Mode button again and you should then feel three short rapid vibrations. This indicates that the BuzzClip is now in the 3-meter mode. We recommend using this mode for open areas and general landscaping of the surrounding environment.

Turning Off your BuzzClip

Locate the On/Off Button

With the BuzzClip in your palm, you should be able to feel a circular ring at the top which is the sensor. To the left of the sensor, there is a rubberized button indented with a tactile marking to indicate the On/Off button.

Press and hold this button to turn off your BuzzClip. You should then immediately feel one long continuous vibration. Your BuzzClip is now Off!


Wearing your BuzzClip

It opens to fit on clothes and springs shut tight

The rounded top where the sensor and buttons are housed can be slightly pulled away or rotated from the main body due to the hinged spring. Your clothes are to go in between this space that separates the rounded top from the main body of the BuzzClip.

Fastening the BuzzClip

BuzzClip fastened to a T-shirt
  1. The main body and the vibrator housing always go under or between your clothing. Only the rounded top with the sensor and the buttons should be exposed on the outside of your clothing (i.e. on the lapel of a jacket, between the buttons on a shirt or blouse, on the rounded neck of a T-shirt, on the beltline, out of pockets, on the sleeves of a shirt, etc.) Clothing
  2. Always ensure that the sensor is exposed outwards and is not covered by anything so that you do not receive any false positive responses.
  3. Ensure that the sensor is as parallel to your body as possible. BuzzClip parallel to the wearer's body
    For example, if you are wearing a buttoned up shirt, make sure that the sensor is parallel to your chest and that it is not tilted to the left or right.
  4. Ensure that you are able to operate both buttons on the BuzzClip from where you are wearing it.
  5. Ensure that the vibrator housing on the back of the device is pressed up against you and in proper contact with your body so that you always feel the vibrational information delivered to you.

The BuzzClip can be worn many different ways based on one's mobility needs. It can be easily clipped onto shirts, t-shirts, on sleeves (long or short), sweaters, jeans, sweatpants, and more. Multiple BuzzClips can also be used at once for greater coverage around one's body. This would give a blind or partially sighted user much more information about their immediate surroundings. For example, one on the chest and one of each sleeve in order to protect your front and sides.

Looks good wherever it's attached

Holding your BuzzClip

Your BuzzClip can be used as both a wearable and a handheld!

Locked Position

  1. Place the device in your hand with the vibrator housing in your palm.
  2. Position or slide your thumb under the rounded top and you will be able to push the sensor up until it locks at a 90-degree angle so that the sensor is now facing forward rather than up at you.
  3. You can now hold the BuzzClip in your hand similarly to how you would hold a flashlight and use it as a handheld to detect obstacles. We recommend using the 3-meter mode when holding the BuzzClip.
holding the BuzzClip

Unlocked Position

BuzzClip in the Unlocked Position
  1. While in the locked position (sensor at 90 degrees), between the rounded top and the main body, there is a coiled spring. Feel along this spring and locate the plastic stopper on the right side.
  2. Gently push the rounded top a little past a 90-degree angle and then slide this plastic stopper to the right with your thumb.
  3. Now the BuzzClip is in the Unlocked Position with the rounded top and sensor back in their resting states.

Using your BuzzClip

The BuzzClip is not a replacement for a cane but a complementary mobility tool. It is intended to be used in combination with a cane or a guide dog. For those who frequently travel with a cane or a guide dog, we recommend using the BuzzClip to address upper body and head level obstacles while the cane can address changes in elevation and lower obstacles. The BuzzClip can also be used on its own for when in familiar indoor environments and for people living with partial sight who do not use a cane or a guide dog.

Detection Accuracy and Range of the BuzzClip

  1. The BuzzClip can accurately detect anything coming into its range of detection. The sensor ensures that the distance to any nearby obstacles is accurately measured regardless of lighting conditions or transparency of the object. It does this by sending and receiving sound waves. The received information is then relayed back to the user instantly through intuitive vibrations.
  2. The angle of detection is a conical shape from the center of the sensor (mesh within circular ring) and the BuzzClip has three ranges of detection: a 1-meter mode, a 2-meter mode and a 3-meter mode. walker using a cane, dog and BuzzClip
  3. When the BuzzClip is clipped around your upper body or chest area in the 2-meter mode, the detection range will cover you shoulder to shoulder and from about your waist to just above the top of your head.
  4. When the BuzzClip is clipped around your upper body or chest area in the 3-meter mode, the detection range will cover you more than shoulder to shoulder and from about your ankles to just above the top of your head.
  5. The frequency of vibrations from the BuzzClip increases as you get closer to an obstacle.
  6. The BuzzClip delivers three strong rapid vibrations when it is 50 cm (arm’s length) away from an obstacle as an indication to stop and proceed with caution as there is something that is now less than 50 cm away from you.

The Automatic Sleep Feature

  1. The BuzzClip has a built-in automatic sleep feature to conserve battery and to reduce irritation for when remaining a fixed distance away from a person or obstacle.
  2. For example, if you were having a conversation with someone face to face, you would be within 1 or 3 meters of each other, meaning the BuzzClip would be vibrating constantly while you are conversing.
  3. The automatic sleep feature activates when you are a fixed distance away from a person/object for longer than 5-7 seconds.
  4. After 5 to 7 seconds of being a fixed distance away from something (i.e. you are not moving and neither is the obstacle/person), the BuzzClip will stop vibrating and is now in its ‘sleep mode’.
  5. As soon as you or the person/object begins to move more than 5 cm, the BuzzClip will kick back into gear and start detecting and vibrating again.

Using your BuzzClip in Wet Winter Weather

dressed for a miserable day
  1. The BuzzClip is water resistant. It will function perfectly in light rain. Don’t go swimming with it though!
  2. If rain drops land directly into the sensor, the rain may create a film of water in the sensor’s mesh. The unit may stop functioning temporarily. Simply wipe or shake the water off or out of the sensor, give it a few minutes to recalibrate and then it’s good to go!
  3. The BuzzClip can function in extreme winter conditions (-30°C)
  4. Ensure that the sensor is always exposed even with heavy winter clothing.

Charging your BuzzClip

The BuzzClip’s battery will easily last up to 10 hours under rigorous use and can be charged using a standard Micro-USB cable.

To Charge your BuzzClip

  1. Plug in the provided Charger into an electrical outlet in your home.
  2. Plug in the larger end (USB) of the provided charging cable into the Charger.
  3. Locate the Micro-USB Charging Port on the main body of the BuzzClip.
  4. Plug in the smaller end (Micro-USB) of the charging cable into the Micro- USB charging port on the BuzzClip.
  5. Your BuzzClip is now charging! It should take less than an hour for the BuzzClip to reach a full charge. The BuzzClip indicates its battery level to you through specific vibrations as soon as it's turned on:
    • 4 vibrations indicate that the battery is above 75%.
    • 3 vibrations indicate that the battery is between 50% -75%.
    • 2 vibrations indicate that the battery is between 25% -50%.
    • 1 vibration indicates that the battery is less than 25%. Charge it soon!

Connecting the Lanyard to your BuzzClip

Locate the Lanyard Loop

This is a small hole or loop located along the chamfered edge of the main body. This hole is to attach the lanyard that is included in your box for additional safety and security purposes (in case of drops, etc.)

The five steps to attaching the lanyard

To Attach the Lanyard

  1. Locate the thin rope that is attached to the small plastic adaptor.
  2. To detach this thinner rope, push the small round button at the center of the plastic adaptor and pull out the ring on the perimeter of the adaptor.
  3. Thread the thin rope through the lanyard loop.
  4. Open the end of the rope that has been threaded through the lanyard loop and pull the other end of the lanyard all the way through to firmly attach the lanyard to the device.
  5. You can now click the ring back behind the flat surface of the main lanyard and can hang the BuzzClip around your neck for added security.