So…What is the SUNU band? Well, in short, the SUNU band is a smart band that is worn on the wrist of the user. It uses sonar and echolocation in conjunction with haptic vibration feedback to detect obstacles up to 16 feet away. It pairs with a smartphone app that is available both on the iPhone and Android. The SUNU band is packed with many different features and in this article, my goal is to provide tips and tricks on how to become successful using the SUNU Band. For more in-depth articles and tutorials please check out the SUNU band website. www.sunu.com
Tips and Tricks
Tip #1 – Learn the hardware. The SUNU band does not have a very complicated interface but I do find it imperative that a person learns the interface to be successful. From my experience, the more comfortable someone is with the layout of the band the more successful their experience will be. It can become frustrating when just fumbling around and not performing the right actions to properly control the band or struggling knowing where the sonar beam is pointing.
Tip #2 – Learn the gestures of the touchpad – The SUNU band has a built-in touchpad that uses gestures as a way of controlling different aspects of the device. Similar to tip #1 spending the time to learn the gestures will alleviate a lot of the frustration one may experience if they just try and do it on the fly.
Tip #3 – Make sure your SUNU band and App are updated – One awesome thing about the SUNU Band is that the makers are always updating both the band and the app to maximize its potential. To get these benefits you need to update your band periodically using the SUNU app that is available for Android and iPhone.
Tip #4 – Understand the different vibrations – This tip is super important. The band produces different vibration patterns depending on how close or far away the person is from an object. And to be successful using the band you must know the differences between the vibrations. Here is a brief overview of the four. One-No vibrations- no obstacles are being detected. Two-Intermittent vibrations- the object is sufficiently far away. Three-Moderate vibrations-Object is a moderate distance away. Four-Constant-Object is now within one’s personal space.
Tip #5 – Part 1-Using your SUNU band to locate phone- This tip is very useful and almost everyone I have talked to about the band had no idea this function existed. One thing that pretty much all of us do at some point is misplace our phones. And most of the time they are on either silent or vibrate making them very difficult to find even if you call them. This function gives you the ability to hold the home button on the SUNU band for three seconds causing your phone to chirp making it much easier to locate.
Part 2- Double-tap pocket to turn sonar on and off – I think of this one as a neat little trick. The sonar can be a little distracting sometimes especially if you stop and want to talk to someone.One way to discreetly turn off the sonar without having to use both hands and become a distraction to others is by tapping the wrist with the SUNU band against your side or pocket twice in quick succession
Finally, the main thing with the SUNU band is to spend time practicing with the device. There is a learning curve but I believe it’s well worth working through that curve to reap the benefits of this device.