New flowOS 2.0 firmware was released on 11.11.2019 --> click here to update :)
The info below is for an older version of the firmware release in 2018.
A new firmware updater and a significant firmware update were released late November 2018 for both capsule 2.0 & vision props.
- Click here to download and install the new firmware updater
What's new in flowOS-vision-0.4 (vision clubs) and flowOS-one-1.2 (capsule):
- you can also scroll down and download pdfs of the new features & a glossary for flowOS UI button presses:
- New features - see table below for new features
- New settings in Page 5 - scroll down for new list of Page 5 modes/settings
- Improved battery life - scroll for list of improvements
1. New features
|New feature||What it does||How to do it|
Quickly creates a "look" amongst multiple props by randomizing their adjust/hue. In some cases, there are multiple parameters that adjust, only 1 is randomized, this enables some coordinated effects :)
|"Hold to adjust” when you're in adjust (hold until light blinks, let go).|
You can re-randomize as many times as you want by repeating “hold to adjust”.
Press to select, "hold to save" (hold until light turns off and back on again to save).
|Save actively adjusting mode to favorites|
e.g. If you like fire mode cycling through its rainbow color options, or want a specific color fade, as part of a show in favorites. You can even use lantern (or bolder in clubs) to create a fade-out or fade-in for shows.
|“Hold to save" during adjust will save mode with adjust running in favorites. The mode will start from saved position when played in favorites/P4.|
|Auto-sleep/wake setting (P5M5)||Your prop can automatically go to sleep when not in use/moving, and can also wake up automagically on movement.||Adjust P5M5. Indicator = blue, blue level blinks|
Note: Auto-wake responds very quickly for the first hour, checking for motion 10x/sec., after that it only checks once every 2 sec. to conserve long-term battery life and may take 4-6 sec. of movement to wake
|P5/settings adjust synchronize|
When adjusting a setting, you typically want the whole group to be the same, so now they will all jump to match the controlling prop’s adjustment. This differs from adjusting pattern modes in a group - if they have different adjustments, you’ll most likely want them to stay offset to preserve the “look” of different colors.
|“Hold to adjust” in any setting.|
“Press” to select it for temporary use (will return to previous setting on “off”) and/or “hold to save” to keep it.
|Global brightness adjust (P5M2) now always starts at level 1 (dimmest)|
Avoid eye-shock and low battery shut-down sometimes caused by maximum brightness. Also makes selecting a dimmer level faster/easier.
|P5M2 “hold to adjust”. “Press” to select it for temporary use (will return to previous setting on “off”) and/or “hold to save” to keep it.|
|P5/settings delete to reset|
You can reset any individual setting to default without affecting the others by “deleting” it.
|"Hold to delete" any single setting to reset it to default, eg. delete/clear grouping, cancel auto-wake, set to default brightness, etc. (hold past save until light blinks red 5 times, let go)|
|P5M10 factory defaults/connect to firmware updater|
You can quickly reset ALL user settings and favorites to default (default favorites is only 2 modes: red, and auto-play).You can also manually connect to the firmware updater computer app if it didn’t happen automatically.
|P5M10 has no adjustment.|
“Hold to save” to connect to firmware updater.
“Hold to delete” to reset all settings and favorites to factory default.
|Favorites autoplay applies to group|
Now even if your other props have more favorites, and would not yet have reached autoplay, all group members will autoplay when the controlling prop gets to autoplay (they still play their local favorite lists, which may differ from each other) This also means they will all delete as a group, if you “hold to delete”.
|Navigate to the last mode in your favorites page. With up to 60 favorites this might be mode 61! We recommend leaving the default “red” favorite in place as a landmark for this reason.|
|Duplicate favorites||To quickly duplicate a mode during show creation for auto play timing or delaying mode changes of specific props in a group.||Save an unadjusted favorite (in the favorites page) to duplicate it into P4M1. Also leaves the original in its place.|
|P13 “bonus page"|
40 experimental modes! with a variety of kinetic response types and adjusts. includes autoplay (P13M41). P13 modes can be save to favorites.
|Click 13x and explore!|
2. Page 5 now has 11 modes - some are placeholders for new settings "to be developed" (TBD)
|P5Mode||Setting||Default indicator/ default level||Adjust indicator|
|1||Grouping||dim blinking red/ no group||dim orange, green, blue, etc.|
|2||Brightness||white with orange level blinks/ level 3||brightness, with level blinks|
|3||White balance||white with orange level blinks/ level 1||white balance cycle with level blinks|
|4||TBD||dim solid red (placeholder for kinetic response adjustment)|
|5||Auto-sleep||blue/ 1||blue level blinks|
|6||TBD||dim solid red (placeholder for user type)|
|7||TBD||dim solid red|
|8||TBD||dim solid red|
|9||TBD||dim solid red|
|10||factory defaults/connect to firmware updater||bright red|
no adjust, save or delete
|11||random autoplay||random adjusted pattern 1-30, displays pattern/3||level blinks|
3. Power/battery life improvements:
Increased standby battery life: only 14%/week loss (previously 20%/week)
Increased long-term battery life: reduced standby period to 1 week. This means only 14% of battery life is lost if prop is not used for more than 1 week. Even after 1 year, only 10% additional (24% total) should be lost due to gradual battery self-discharge. After 1 week they will not group-on until each device has been turned on individually.
Clubs only: the LEDs are now powered directly off USB when plugged in, so you can run full modes with no impact on charge time, if your charger and cable can handle it. 350mA charge + typically ~350mA modes (up to 2000mA total).
Clubs only: improved average runtimes. In addition to lowering the default brightness of many modes slightly, we discovered we were way too conservative in our previously published battery-life estimates.