Blue2 Bluetooth Switch
About This Product
The average battery life of the Blue2 is found to be 13 hours with general use.
Switch Options (Internal and External)
The Blue2 has two built-in switches, one white and one orange. These switches can be used to active two independent functions in any of the six available modes. You may also opt to connect an alternative switch to the Blue2. This can be done by using either (or both) of the 3.5mm connections on the back of the Blue2.
Please note: any switch that is connect to the Blue2 will emulate the same function as the built-in switches. They cannot be assigned independent functions.
The Blue2 can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, or Chrome device. Functionality may be limited depending on the device you are pairing with the Blue2. The Blue2 is designed to be “seen” by other devices like a Bluetooth keyboard, therefore the information transmitted from the Blue2 to a device is a keyboard keystroke. For example, Mode 1 of the Blue2 sends a “space bar” when pressing the white switch (or switch labeled S1) and “enter key” for the orange switch (or S2).
Pairing with a Device
- Turn Blue2 on using the on/off switch.
- Press the pairing button on Blue2 one time.
- In your devices Bluetooth® settings find and select BLUE2.
- Repeatedly tap the mode button on Blue2 to select a mode.
- Set up any settings for your chosen method of switch access within the app or through accessibility options on the device you paired with Blue2.
- Blue2 is now ready for use with your device and/or app.
Blue2 can be paired to any iOS or MacOS device to be used for the accessibility option called “Switch Control”. Switch Control is a powerful accessibility option that allows a user to quickly and effectively navigate their iOS or MacOS device by use of our Blue2. For further information please review our iOS 13 Switch Control User Guide.
Configuring Blue2 with Android Accessibility
Blue2 can be paired to many Android devices to be used for Android accessibility options. To fully utilize these features you must be using a device that has Android operating system 5.0 or higher. For more details on the available options within Android accessibility use the following links.
Configure Blue2 with an App
There are many applications in the marketplace for all of the supported hardware types of the Blue2. We recommend finding an application that will work with keyboard keystrokes (see "Pairing Details" section for additional information). Most apps built with accessibility in mind are very intuitive in terms of setup, but if you find an app that you like, we recommend accessing the user's manual for accessibility for details on available features and options within the app.
Customizing your Blue2 for alternative keyboard keystrokes is easy. By following this process, you can record custom key sequences to use with many switch accessible apps or for shortcuts to your favorite keyboard functions.
The Blue2 can be customized to play/ pause/ skip tracks when playing music.
Please follow these steps to customize your Blue2:
- Turn Blue2 on using the on/off switch.
- Plug a USB keyboard into the USB programming jack.
- More the “learn switch” to the left to turn it on.
- Select mode 4, 5, or 6.
- Activate switch 1 to start recording mode. The S1 light will blink while in recording mode.
- Activate up to four keystrokes that you would like recorded to Switch 1 on the USB keyboard.
- Activate Switch 1 to stop recording mode.
- Activate Switch 2 to start recording mode. The S2 light will blink while in recording mode.
- Activate up to four keystrokes that you would like recorded to Switch 2 on the USB keyboard.
- Activate Switch 2 to stop recording mode.
- Move the learn switch to the right to turn off.
- Remove USB keyboard.
- Select your new mode to use.
- Function 1: Turn Pages in an eBook
- Function 2: Control Music: Play/ Pause/ Skip Tracks for Music Playback
- Function 3: Cause and Effect with Garage band or similar App
Blue2 states "Connection Unsuccessful"
- Check that the Blue2 power switch is in the “on” position.
- Make sure the Blue2 is within 30 feet of the iPad.
- Attempt un-pairing (forgetting or removing) the Blue2 in the Bluetooth settings of the first device. You should then see the device as in the list as pair-able in the Bluetooth settings. *
- Charge the Blue2 for at least 1 hour, then attempt to reconnect it to your device. **
**NOTE: When plugging the device into the charger you should see the lights near the center of the device flashing. This is designed to show the device is charging. Once these lights stop flashing the device will be fully charged.
Blue2 shows as "Connected" in my devices settings, but it is not functional.
- Charge the Blue2 for at least 1 hour, then attempt to use the Blue2 with your device. When power of the Blue2 is low it is possible to experience intermittent connectivity. In this event you may see the device as being paired but not receive any output when pressing switches.**(see above)
- Turn the "Learn" Switch off, then attempt to use the Blue2 with your device. This switch is found on the right side of the Blue2. When this switch is activated the Bluetooth communication is locked out, causing the device to pause all communications. Indication of the switch being active can be seen by pressing of the “Mode Selection” button multiple times. Mode 4, 5 & 6 are the only modes that support customization, so while this switch is active you can only select one of these three modes
S1 and S2 light are constantly lit.
- Turn the Blue2 off, wait 5 seconds, then turn it back on without pressing and holding the pairing button. This should restore all primary functions of the Blue2.
- When turning Blue2 on, you may have held down the pairing button. If this is done while turning the device on you will activate “Engineering” mode. This locks the Blue2’s Bluetooth signals which are necessary for the Blue2's communication to a device. You will know if this is activated because the S1 and S2 LED lights being lit, one as steadily yellow and the other as steady red.
- Turn the "Learn" Switch off, then cycle between all of the modes normally.
Check that the “Learn” switch (located on the right side) is not active. When the switch is activated the Bluetooth communication is locked out, causing the device not to communicate.
This switch is only necessary to activate when programming custom keyboard keystrokes into Blue2. Active by pressing of the “Mode Selection” button multiple times. Mode 4, 5 & 6 are the only modes that support custom keystrokes, while this switch is active you can only select one of these three modes. Once you turn this switch off you can access all modes 1-6 and have full functionality return to the device.