- 01 – User Guide – Introduction
Welcome to the Cyber Eyez family! We are thrilled that you have chosen the best head mounted device and software in the world and want to make sure your experience is excellent. This guide will help provide information for Cyber Eyez compatible hardware along with general hints for the Cyber Eyez application. Please remember that Cyber Timez believes strongly that we should always be “In the Service of Others,” so at anytime you feel frustrated or overwhelmed we strongly suggest you start with our very helpful Product Support Page where you can find resources specific to your Cyber Eyez application.
- 01.01 – User Guide – Device Specific User Manuals
Cyber Eyez is an app. Just like apps on your phone, Cyber Eyez relies on the hardware provided by the phone, headset, joystick, etc. providers to operate. That means basic functions like powering it on and off, using the buttons and many system settings aren’t necessarily covered by this guide about Cyber Eyez. To make sure you get the most out of your device, please download and review the respective device manuals. We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the devices before diving headlong into Cyber Eyez. Cyber Eyez relies on some features of the phone that need to be set up, such as WiFi, for Online Reading Assistant(s), color identification, online object recognition and mood ring modes to work.
- 02 – User Guide – Getting Started (VR Edition)
- 02.01 – User Guide – Granting Permissions
Cyber Eyez requires some permissions from your device to run including:
- Access to your camera – Cyber Eyez uses your camera to take pictures and provide a real time display of the camera view…it’s pretty critical for Cyber Eyez to work.
- Access to storage to save images for processing – While we wish everything lived in the ether, it just can’t. Even if we don’t save the images long term, we do need to write them to disk even temporarily to analyze them.
- Access to the microphone – Some versions of Cyber Eyez support voice commands and even Alexa…we need the mic to hear you :).
Depending on your device, this process will vary slightly. It *should* be no different than granting permissions for any other app on your device.
Any Android Device via the Cyber Eyez App
The first time Cyber Eyez is launched it will ask for permissions to the Camera, Storage and Microphone. Tap allow on each one to continue into the app.
Any Android Device via Settings
Before you launch Cyber Eyez the first time, you can set the permissions via the System Settings on your device.
- Open Settings by either:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the icon shaped like a gear
- Swipe up from the bottom, browse your apps until you locate Settings and tap on it
- Scroll down until you get to Apps. Tap on Apps.
- Scroll down until you get to your version of Cyber Eyez and tap on it
- Tap on Permissions
- Turn on the toggles for Camera, Storage and Microphone
Headset On (SAMSUNG ONLY)
This method requires fairly good sight, scanning and targeting skills. The first time Cyber Eyez is launched inside the headset it will ask for permissions to the Camera and Storage. Look around to find the white dot that projects from the center of your forward in the virtual screen. Line that white dot up on the “Allow” button and “click” by tapping the swipe pad.
- 02.02 – User Guide – Remote Control
Cyber Eyez can (and in some cases must) be controlled by a remote control. Please check the Supported Hardware page to find a remote that is or *should be* supported. Cyber Eyez supports keyboard strokes for Up, Down, Left, Right and Enter.
Joysticks send up, down, left, right by moving the joystick and the trigger button for enter. MODES MATTER! Several remotes are setup by default to control “media” for volume, next and rewind…this is not what we want for Cyber Eyez. The quickest way to find out if it’s in a “media” mode is to move the joystick up or down. If the volume goes up or down accordingly, then blammo, you’re in media mode. Also, some support a “mouse” mode. With these, when you move the joystick you’ll see a mouse cursor icon move across the screen. Also, not what we want. We want “Game” mode.
**Usually** the remote mode can be changed by pressing the “Mode” button and the “C” key at the same time. You may need to experiment to find the mode that works correctly with your device. When it is working correctly, you should be able to navigate on your device using the remote.
Vysor (Android Only)
Vysor is an awesome app that you can use to control Cyber Eyez via your keyboard! This isn’t a Vysor tutorial, but in a nutshell you need to:
- Install Vysor and launch on your Android device
- Install Vysor for Windows, Mac, Linux or even just a browser
- Plug in your device
From here, Vysor will be able to access your device screen and display it on your monitor. Even cooler, you can now use the Up, Down, Left and Right arrow keys to navigate in Cyber Eyez. Press Enter or the space bar to take a picture.
If you have Vysor Pro, after you connect via USB it is possible to connect wirelessly! Very handy for moving the device around, but keeping your screen mirroring nice and big on your monitor!
- 02.03 – User Guide – Insert Into the Headset (Cardboard VR Edition)
Cyber Eyez VR requires a compatible headset to function. Please check the Supported Hardware page for headsets that have been tested with or *should* work with Cyber Eyez VR. Basically, you need a headset that will:
- Hold your phone
- Allow for the phone’s camera to have a clear view of the outside world
Beyond that, Bob’s your uncle. You can choose any headset that you like as long as it meets those two parameters. As for inserting your phone into the headset itself every headset will vary. There are however, some common things to look for such as:
- Line up the center of the phone with the center of the headset. Usually there is a line or some other marker on the headset to identify the center.
- Remove your case. I know, it’s awesome and all, but very few headsets will work without damage if you keep the case on.
- Adjust the head straps to be tight, but comfortable. Look, we know you’re going to wear this thing to binge watch whatever online…it’s OK. We just want you to be comfy and not have a sore nose…that’s why tight, but comfortable is important.
- 03 – User Guide – Cyber Eyez Basics
Cyber Eyez has several modes to enable different types of functionality and new features and functions are being added all the time! Navigating and using all these modes couldn’t be easier. If you can draw a plus sign, you can use Cyber Eyez.
*Quick Note* When we discuss swiping below, please remember this applies to swiping the actual screen as well as pressing a joystick, swiping a touch pad, pressing a key on the keyboard or some other method of sending up, down, left, right and enter to Cyber Eyez.
To select from the different modes in Cyber Eyez, swipe up or down to scroll through the list of modes. When the mode you want to use is selected, stop swiping.
When Cyber Eyez is running, swipe from the left to the right to zoom in. By default you can swipe left to right multiple times to magnify at up to the maximum resolution of your device camera in real time. When you have reached the maximum zoom level you will hear a prompt saying “Maximum Zoom.”
When Cyber Eyez is running, swipe from the right to the left. When you have reached the minimum zoom level you will hear a prompt saying “Minimum Zoom.”
Taking a Picture
To take a picture, long press on the screen. Think of it as a long “click,” just done with your finger. When the device takes a picture, you will hear a “shutter click” sound effect.
If you’re having trouble getting the device to snap a picture, first make sure you’re touching the pad itself when tapping. Second, lift your finger off the pad for a second or so and then lightly place it back on the pad. No need to mash it, a long tap will do :).
Some new users will get strange results for object recognition and reading assistant even after many tries in different environments. While there is image stabilization enabled, if the whole device is moving it won’t help much. When you are using Cyber Eyez (especially in the beginning) be deliberate when taking your pictures. By deliberate, we mean be patient, line up the frame and tap your finger and try not to shake the device. It takes a little practice, but you will get the hang of it!
Exiting Cyber Eyez
To exit Cyber Eyez, click the “home” button on your device.
- 04 – User Guide – Cyber Eyez Modes (VR Edition)
- 04.01 – User Guide – Viewing Mode (VR Edition)
Viewing mode is where you’ll likely spend most of your time. Once you’ve made all your brightness, white balance and screen location adjustments, come back to Viewing mode and enjoy the show!
- 04.02 – User Guide – Adjust Brightness Mode
LOTS of environments and eye conditions call for brightness adjustments. Swipe left to decrease the screen brightness. Swipe right to increase the screen brightness.
Depending on your device you will have more or less steps available for white balance adjustment.
- 04.03 – User Guide – Move Display
The Move Display feature in Cyber Eyez is one of the absolute BEST features found in ANY head mounted low vision aid. We worked for years with really small, but movable screens to help people find their “sweet spot.” When we moved to VR headsets we quickly realized we needed the same functionality, but on a bigger scale. Hence, Move Display was born.
What does it do?
Move Display enables you to move the entire visible display up, down, left, right, closer (magnify) or further away. We’ve worked with individuals with RP and other conditions resulting in a limited field of vision to specific regions. Using Move Display, you can put the entire display right in the spot where you can see it the most.
Make Stuff Huge
One of the first things people use Move Display for is Near and Far. We invented it for a customer that had a condition resulting in pinhole vision and very little peripheral. He wanted to “make the screen smaller” so he could see all four corners with his vision. However, working with a former sniper at the VA one day he put the headset on, walked to the window, moved the display closer several steps and started reading signs in parking lot over 100 yards away! You can combine Zoom and Move Display by setting the Move Display to a close value, then swiping to the Viewer or Reader modes and Zooming In. This is like telescope level magnification, but on your face and controlled by you ;).
Find Your Sweet Spot
One of the most common use cases we’ve run across is people with limited peripheral vision due conditions like RP moving the display left, right, up and down until they can see all four corners. One young man had 20/400 vision in his right eye in the lower right quadrant. He used the Move Display feature to place it low and to the right. This position enabled him to see things in his left field of vision that he had not had access to for many years.