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PeekSmith 3 / SuperPeek

First Steps

Congrats on having your PeekSmith device. You will love this tiny piece of magic, and amaze your audience.

Contents of the box:

  • the PeekSmith 3 or SuperPeek device
  • charging cable

You're Backed by a Supportive Network

Join our PeekSmith Facebook group for updates and to discuss your ideas. It is a welcoming and active community you will love. You can contact us if you have any questions:

Be Up-to-Date

It is important:

  • for useful tips and details, read our documentation
  • to get the latest features, keep updating the app and the firmware

Turning ON and OFF PeekSmith 3 / SuperPeek

Easy first steps:

  • charge the device: wall chargers, car connectors, and computer ports should work (some powerful chargers might not) — make it charged before a performance
  • works with you: PeekSmith will back you during your performance, it has an amazing battery life
  • turn it on: press and hold the side button — will vibrate, and display a home screen with firmware version, brightness, and battery levels
  • turn it off: press and hold the side button — after a few seconds the red LED starts blinking, and you can release the button when a goodbye message appears
  • screen protection foil: remove the thin, transparent foil on the screen when it starts looking ugly

PeekSmith 1 and 2 had a small on/off switch. When these devices are on, you should see red LED lighting inside the device. These are also displaying a short message and the battery status. The PeekSmith Two device will do a short vibration.

The device is ready to connect to a mobile app via Bluetooth or used as a standalone device to connect to other Bluetooth devices.

Standalone Device (PeekSmith 3 / SuperPeek)

 

PeekSmith 3 can operate on its own by connecting to other Bluetooth devices: dice, NFC reader, and impression pads. Read our Standalone Mode guide to master what you can do without a phone.

With the PeekSmith App

Visit The App page and follow the instructions to install the free companion app.

Start the app, and go to Settings. You will see different sections, in the first one, the “PeekSmith Device”, you should see a “Select PeekSmith” title and a “List devices” button. Press the button, and your PeekSmith device should be listed there. Tap on the device name, and the device should connect. The PeekSmith device will display a welcome message.

If your PeekSmith 3 device is not listed, please check these:

  • Make sure Bluetooth is ON on your phone.
  • Phones have a limit on the number of devices they can connect to. If you have more than 6 devices (a band, earphones, etc.) connected to your phone, try disconnecting them if you cannot connect to the watch. Modern phones are usually can connect to 10-16 devices at a time.
  • Allow the app to use Bluetooth and/or Location Services.
  • On Android, make sure the GPS is ON. While we are not tracking you, this is somehow a must-have for Bluetooth communication, too.
  • On Android, Bluetooth has some bugs. You should try restarting the phone if you have any connection problems.
  • You should not connect to PeekSmith 3 from your Bluetooth Settings, but the app will set up the connection.
  • For more tips, you can read our Bluetooth Troubleshooting guide.

Now you should see a green button with the “Details…” text, press it, and you can test your device.

There are different ways you can use your PeekSmith device now:

  • Your assistant can use the PeekSmith app and can send you messages with it. The phone should be in the Bluetooth standard 10 meters / 11 yards range to be able to communicate with the device.
  • You can use Web Polling to retrieve data from other apps. For example, Inject 2 and WikiTest are popular magic apps, you can use them with PeekSmith by going to “Display Web Data” in the PeekSmith app, turning on the “Read data from URL”, and selecting your “Data source”.
  • We have a video about using PeekSmith with Cognito, you can watch it here: How to use the PeekSmith display with Cognito
  • The PeekSmith app can also watch any custom web URLs, so if a developer sets up a web URL, you can set it in the “Display Web Data” section, by selecting the “custom” data source.
  • There’s a growing number of applications that can work with the device. We are listing them on the Compatibility page. You should consult the app’s instructions about how to use it.
  • On Android, you can set up catching mobile phone notifications as well (iOS doesn’t allow you to catch notifications because of privacy reasons). Any magic app that can send a notification can be used with the PeekSmith device, just go to the Notifications section in the PeekSmith app, and turn on catching the notifications. You can test this feature by sending an email yourself or asking someone to text you / send you a chat message.

Charging the Device

You can charge the device with the Micro-USB / USB-C port (latest models). Any compatible charging cable should work, you can buy them in an electronics store. You can plug your device into your computer’s USB port, or a wall charger.

It is about 1-2 hours to charge your device to 100%. It doesn’t matter if PeekSmith is on or off while you charge it, the charging time is more or less the same. If the device is off, it will charge a bit faster. You will not damage the device by keeping it on the charger for the night.

There are two important notes:

  • Don’t let the device totally discharge, as the battery can be damaged (it is true for any LiPo battery). At least charge it every 2-3 months, even if you are not using it.
  • Some “intelligent” chargers are not providing the 5V constantly, but trying to detect if a device is plugged in. If they were designed for mobile phones with 1A/2A charging, they might not detect PeekSmith’s 100 mA need, and won’t charge.
  • You can use any 5V charger, even 100W laptop charger. They don’t overload the device.

Devices with a Micro-USB port will not give you visual feedback when you charge the device. Turn PeekSmith 3 on to see if it is charging properly.

Devices with the USB-C port turn on as you plug them into the charger, and you will see charging information.

Troubleshooting

For first-time users, some tips to know:

  • The PeekSmith app should be in the front to work. You should not lock the screen, or switch to another app. There’s an option in Other Settings: “Turn OFF screen when covered”. If you enable it, the app will turn off the screen if it detects something in front of your screen (like your pocket). You can use it instead of locking the screen.
  • The PeekSmith device (and typically any other Bluetooth device) can connect only to one application. If the device is ON, connected to the PeekSmith app, then other compatible apps won’t be able to list and connect to it.

Further Advice

PeekSmith is an electronic device that can work in normal room conditions. W