We released flowOS 2.0 on 11.11.2019 :: this new firmware version for capsule and vision props has significant changes to "grouping":

  • new quick-group feature that enables you to quickly group any flowtoys connect props
  • new grouping paradigm with closed/open groups 
  • click here to update your firmware --> props with different firmware versions may not connect



NEW quick-group connection

  • from off: Hold for ~10 sec. until flashing/solid white. Let go. THAT’S IT! 

  • this creates a unique group with any other flowtoys connect light in quick-group mode, there is no limit to how many can join the group.

  • this is what you should see: 

    • battery level indicator → most recent mode (keep holding!) → flashing white/solid white (you can let go when it turns white)

  • if you want to add more lights to the group later, you can create a new quick-group with all the lights, or see “advanced grouping” to broadcast the group ID and connect more lights.

  • quick group indicators: FYI

fast flashing white = connecting, trying to connect to existing group.

solid or slow flashing white = grouped, inviting others to connect. 




NEW advanced grouping (P5M1) 

→ significant paradigm shift from previous grouping paradigm!

  • red = no group.

  • orange, green, aqua, blue, pink = “open” groups. Simply select the color to be in the group, no connection procedure needed. 

    • ALL lights in an open group color will be grouped, including other people’s that were not intentionally connected. 

    • To avoid accidental control by other users in range (like getting turned on while in your bag, or having your grouping or settings accidentally edited), these groups cannot be saved. Open groups are intended for temporarily connecting multiple groups/lights together.     

  • White = “closed” group (also created by quick-group) → requires connection procedure.


If you want to add more lights to the group, you can create a new quick-group with all the lights, OR add individual lights to the existing group as follows:


Connecting procedure for closed (white) group: 

  • set one light from the existing group to “inviting” mode: 

    • navigate to P5M1

    • adjust to white

    • “double adjust” (hold-to-adjust twice while white) 

    • light should now be flashing white.

  • you can use quick-group to join the inviting group, OR adjust to white and select (if already white, enter adjust, and select, no need to cycle through all colors)

  • when you are done connecting other lights to the group, press the button on the inviting light once to leave broadcast mode.

  • if your light is already in a white group and you want to create a new group with that light, go to quick-group.


EXTRA NOTES ON GROUPING: 

  • Grouped lights adjust and connect as group (including joining/changing private white group)

  • If there is another group “inviting” within radio range, you will see a red/white flashing “grouping conflict” indicator. Simply try again. You may need to wait a bit for whoever may be creating the grouping conflict to finish their process.

  • In order to change/disconnect some lights from an existing group, you can quick-group them, OR adjust your group to red (no group) OR solo-on only the lights you want to change.

  • After grouping and in some solo-on and auto-wake scenarios, you may need to press the button twice, or once on each light, to get them to respond to the group.

  • When updating firmware, grouping from previous firmware will NOT be retained.

  • Grouping may not work between different firmware versions. Make sure all your lights have the same firmware version, (or most recent version if different lights, eg. capsule and club)



Archive instructions for pre-2019 November firmware - just in case you haven't updated your firmware :


Grouping is an advanced feature that requires you to understand the basic button presses of flowOS. 

You will need to know how to:

  • "Page click" to get to the settings page
  • "Long press" to adjust
  • "Press" to select
  • "Hold to save"

If you are not already familiar with these button presses, please refer to this button press guide.


Short version (scroll down for more detailed version):

  • On page 5 “mode” 1, adjust and save the same group color [Group colors: Red (no group), Orange, Green, Aqua, Blue, Pink, White (universal)]

  • Group to be joined must be displaying its group color (P5M1).

  • Scroll down for more details :)


The video below shows how to connect 2 capsule lights - if you have vision props, the navigation is the same :) 



Detailed instructions:

 

Example: connecting 2 new/ un-grouped lights - let’s call them A and B

  • Put A and B into page5 mode1 (p5m1) - click each light 5 times, each light should blink 5 times. P5m1 is “grouping” and your light will show a color (doesn’t matter what it is at this point).
  • Do a "long press" on both A and B to enter “adjust” (hold light until it blinks and let go) - the lights should blink and change colors every few seconds.
  • Do a short "press" to select the group color of your choice. e.g. press when they both turn green. 
  • Do a "hold to save" to save the connection, hold both A and B past off - back on - off - and on again - let go.
  • A and B are now grouped. You’ll have to go out of Page 5 to see if they are connected. Easiest way to do this is double click on both - this takes them to Page2 mode1. If you press any 1 button, the other light should change with it.


Example: connecting 4 lights - let’s call them A, B, C and D:

  • Put A and B into P5M1 (click 5 times, the light should blink 5 times). P5m1 is “grouping” and it will show a color (doesn’t matter what it is at this point).
  • Do a "long press" on both A and B to enter “adjust” - the lights should blink and change colors every few seconds.
  • Do a short "press" to select the group color of your choice. e.g. press when they both turn green. 
  • Do a "hold to save" to save the connection, hold both A and B past off - back on - off - and on again - let go.
  • A and B are now grouped. You’ll have to go out of Page 5 to see if they are connected. Easiest way to do this is double click on both - this takes them to Page2 mode1. If you press any 1 button, the other light should change with it.
  • Now you’ll have to connect C to B or A, and then D to C (or B or A) in a similar way, except ONLY put the new light in adjust. If joining C to B, do NOT put B in adjust, just have it display and broadcast its group color! If you put B in adjust, you will be creating a new group. This is super important. 


Notes on grouping:

  • To group, put 2 or more lights into P5M1

  • If one light/prop already has a grouping you wish to join, do NOT adjust it.

  • On the one new group member, or both if forming a new group: long press to enter adjust.

  • Short press to select the group color of your choice and connect them. This connection will be lost when you turn off unless you save it.

  • To save the connection, hold both flowtoys (or single new group member) past off until they turn back on.

  • You must enter adjust before joining a new group, even if your group color is already the same. 

  • Grouping ONLY happens when you actively connect 2 or more lights. The color alone does not determine the group.


Cool tips & features:

  • Hold to save directly from adjust, no need to select first.

  • You do not need to actively connect with every light in an existing group, even if only one of the group members is present, they can initiate a new member.

  • You can temporarily join a friend’s group by connecting, but not saving.

  • If your friend has the same color group as you, you will not be connected unless you actively did so.

  • Any light in a group will control all the others.

  • There is technically no limit to the number of lights that can join a group!

  • No master/All group members are equal: any light in a group will control all the others.

  • To maximize range, while using a capsule as a remote control, do not cover it up too much with your hand. They do not require line of sight, but it helps. Because they are constantly transmitting, spinning them around also helps them to hit optimal reception points :)

  • Connected flowtoys continually relay the state of the group to each other, and can act as repeaters to extend the range of the group.


End of page behavior in a group

  • When 1 light gets to the end of a page and turns off, the other lights remain on - they do not turn off. This prevents a novice user (eg. your friend who is pushing buttons to control your flowtoys while they watch you play) from accidentally turning off all the lights, which you can still do intentionally by holding to off.

  • When you turn the light back on, it will go to p1m1, and the others in the group will join it.

  • To make all lights turn off at the same time, hold to off.