Archive for the ‘Instruction’ Category

20
Nov

Back in Business – Kymera Wands News Galore

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After a too long absence from the site due to other obligations, we’re back in business of updating the blog regularly.

We’ve been selling wands during that period, mostly through amazon but also through this site.

With Christmas rapidly approaching we restocked our wands from the WandMakers so that there should be enough to fulfill all incoming orders.

If you haven’t decided to get one, this video from Chris and Richard, might convince you otherwise (the girl is not included)

While catching up with the Wandmakers there were also quite a lot of news. First, they added a quite comprehensive Q & A section for both wands on their support site.

They also spent a lot of effort to translate the Kymera Wand into many languages, you can view the manuals behind each flag.

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They are working on a new secret product that no one must know about.

And there is a new version of the Kandela, that comes with TWO candles and a new and shiny packaging.

New Kandela Pack

New Kandela Pack

More news in follow – up blog posts.

20
Nov

A thorough Kymera Wand review in French

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While browsing through the comment backlog I found this french blog that reviews the wand, pointing out its strengths but also the shortcomings (some of which might be addressed in future versions.)

French Kymera Wand Review

French Kymera Wand Review

18
Sep

Old Parchment containing Kandela Instructions

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The Wand Maker Chris Barnardo found this old piece of parchment containing instructions for the Kandela (magical wand with enchanted candle).

Perhaps it is useful for you too.

Antique Parchment with Kandela Instructions

Antique Parchment with Kandela Instructions

Chris also copied the text from the old parchment, so that it is more readable:

One of the most basic and yet desirable uses to which a wand may be put, is
the creation of light. Casting illumination into dark corners brings
comfort, often banishes the unknown and frightens away all manner of
malevolent spirits and creatures. The Kandela wand and candle permits the
novice witch or wizard the ability to master quickly this amazing spell.

Charms to create light

Fashioned from a specially created polymeric ivory analogue, you will love
the quality look and feel of the wand. Further, upon ownership you will be
pleasantly surprised to discover that the Kandela wand has been thoroughly
pre-trained with all the commands required to work its light-creating magic.
Thus very little practice will be needed to master its wily ways.

A single flick is all that is required to cause the candle to light. This
magical feat may be performed at up to a distance of four large paces, and
is quite sure to amaze and delight all onlookers, regardless of their age.

Blowing the candle out The Kandela employs a peculiar form of luminous
enchantment that provides light but not heat. Nevertheless this curious
device flickers exactly like a candle and may even be blown out in much the
same way that one might extinguish a traditional candle.

Due to its enchanted nature the candle may also be put out by the use of the
wand, in such a way that it does not extinguish immediately, but remembers
the command for a period of 60 minutes, at which point it automatically goes
out without any further instruction from the wand or the wand bearer. This
capacity makes it ideal as a bedroom adornment, as the beneficial effects of
falling asleep bathed in the gently flickering glow of soft candlelight are
well known.

Peter provided us with his solution of how to simulate long button presses on remotes. E.g. on/off switches for TV-sets. Normally you can try to record 2-3 signals on a single gesture but sometimes this is not enough.

Thank you very much.

Chris.

Reading the Kymera User Forum, I note that at least one other user cannot switch his Panasonic Plasma TV On or Off.
I note your earlier comments that you use the same chip as the most popular universal control. That may be so, but on a normal remote, it is possible to hold the ON/OFF button down for as long as it takes for the TV to respond.

So I thought about sending rapid repeat signals to the TV and decide to try the rotation movement which obviously sends repeat signals to the volume control circuits.
Eureka!, it works but it is necessary to twirl the wand fairly fast to obtain the fast frequency required.

I then tried raising and lowering the volume by using the up & down movements of the wand, and repeating until the desired volume is reached. This also works.

These experiments may be one way of satisfying customer queries, and could be added as an appendix to your user manual.

I would appreciate your response please
Regards
Peter

Chris Barnardo’s answer to that suggestion:

Peter

Thanks for this brilliant investigation and interesting solution. I definitely think it is worth mentioning in the blog and in our next release of the manual. It also makes me think that for the next release of the wand software we should have a special gesture of gesture combo that enables the wand to learn a code and repeatedly send it. Thus is definitely possible with some simple changes. It could be a triple tap on top for example that sets off the repeating code.

The wand is not sold as a device that must work on every possible piece of home audio visual equipment, but I realise that if this is an issue we should consider how to address it.

Thx for your great ideas and hard work finding this solution.

Thanks

Chris

Btw. I got to the same solution when trying to control an IR-controlled Silverlit Micro-Helicopter. There you also need a continuous signal for the the helicopter to stay airborne. So I put the signal on the rotation gesture too, but the twirling is quite tiring :)

You must take a look at the really long blog post by dohcjhw. He put on a darth vader helmet which is unusal for a wizard, but perhaps closest he could get to Lord Voldemort and tried the wand on himself.

Unfortunately all the Korean text is within the images so, I can’t have it tranlated.

There are also nice instructional images like this one:

In his splendid role as Kaptin Scarlett the Wand Maker Chris Barnardo spent some time tarnishing a Kymera Wand so that it looks like it was made of ivory or bone.

finished wand
He also offered use to use the images and text, so we’d love to quote from the instructables introduction:

This instructable will show you how to make (almost) anything look like old ivory or bone. The technique I have used is also called distressing. I am distressing (you might want to call it a creative hacking) my beloved Kymera Wand. However you got one, hacking a $90 gadget takes some guts, but I think the result speaks for itself and you end up taking something original and turning it into something completely unique.


Below you can see how the wand is transmogrified in 13 well documented steps from being your usual wooden colored magical instrument to an elegant creamy white beauty.

Please look at the instructable and comment and rate it or comment here. And spread the word, it is worthwhile.

Before starting you should perhaps consider the Chris’ last words:

At last it is time to remove the masking tape and review your handiwork.

Phew, either it looks fab or you have just ruined a hundred dollars of high tech wizardry. Perhaps it might have been better to practice on an old wooden spoon first. …

If you don’t like what you see, mask up and go back to step one and start again… remember as it says on the Kymera Wand manual…

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

Nach monatelanger Suche ist eine deutsche Abschrift des Kymera Zauberstab Handbuchs in den Ruinen eines alten Klosters entdeckt worden. Der Zauberstab-Macher Chris Barnardo hat sich dann daran gemacht, die alte Schriftrolle akribisch zu restaurieren.

Wir sind stolz die Replik dieser Restauration jetzt der Öffentlichkeit präsentieren zu können. Sie können eine hochauflösende Vorschau dieser Meisterleistung hier herunterladen.

Deutsches Zauberstab Handbuch

Deutsches Zauberstab Handbuch

Wenn Sie in den nächsten Monaten einen Kymera Zauberstab erwerben erhalten Sie eine Original-Replik dieses seltenen Schriftstückes zu Ihrem Schmuckstück dazu.

P.S. Nur eine Sache erscheint uns seltsam. Der Inhalt der uralten Schriftrolle stimmt fast genau mit unserer Übersetzung des Original-Manuskripts überein. Wer weiss…

Hier auch noch einmal die Verweise auf die englischen und französischen Handbücher.

Eine schwedische Variante ist gerade in Vorbereitung.

14
Jan

Control your Mac with the Kymera Wand

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A I recently learned that the wand makers also switched to an Apple, I thought that a blog post about using the Kymera wand with your Mac would be appropriate.

As most of you know all Macs come with an IR port that can be controlled with the Apple Remote. And as this is just another remote control you can teach your Kymera Wand the codes quite easily.


That is enough to control the basic functions of your Mac with the Kymera Wand. Using the wand you have FrontRow, DVD-Player, Keynote, iTunes and volumne control at your command.

I show some of this in the youtube video I made on the first evening after I received my wand.

There have been some issues with the IR support on the new Mac Book Pros running Snow Leopard but I’ll come to this later.

To make the most of your ability to charm your Mac it is useful to get a fine grained control over what happens at each of the remote codes that is received.

To do this you can use an application like Mira or RemoteBuddy that allows to select for each application a different set of behaviors on the reception of the 6 IR signals. E.g. navigating your web browser, reading your Preview files or controlling VLC or whatever you’d like to do.

They also allow to change the global effects of remote codes and offer specialized menus for easy application switching and much more.

Here is a screenshot of Mira’s control panel

And here one of RemoteBuddy’s Control Center


As I had some issues with the Snow Leopard running on my MBP the guys from TwistedMelon pointed me to the free CandelAIR IR-driver from iospirit (RemoteBuddy) that replaces the Apple one and runs more stable and also just works.


Controlling Keynote with your Kymera Wand is especially tempting as you can show off with your wand at the event your presenting at. I did so at the JAOO software development conference in Aarhus, Denmark.

If your feeling like it you can also do your homegrown solution using AppleScript to decode and send the events you’d like to anywhere in the system. Andreas Rothaug did just that and documented and filmed his solution on his blog.

Apple ‘Magic Wand’ Remote System – homebuilt from kame anderson on Vimeo.

The code looks something like this (full script at his site):

on kymera(gesture)
--say gesture
if gesture is "swing" then
tvpower()
end if
if gesture is "up" then
tell application "System Events"
key code 53
end tell
end if

On the Topic of How to Program your Kymera Wand, forum user Gautam/omarahum did a nice printout sheet.

Had some free time, so decided I would try and figure out what functions I really needed to program into the wand and which I could leave out. It took a lot of tries to figure what wand gesture I should pair with what function so I made a little Jpg that lists all the gestures so I could print it out and keep the pairings straight. Thought it might be useful to others too so I decided to post it. Listed are the wand gestures, and next to it in parentheses is the number of pulses that correlates to the gesture, and space to write down what you’ve programmed.

Happy Casting!

Gautam

Thanks a lot

Michael

31
Dec

The Wandmaker On: Getting the Hang on Gestures

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Wandmaker Richard Blakesley commented on forum users that are having problems getting the wand to work.

Hello.

Sorry for the trouble you’ve been having – it sounds most likely that you haven’t quite got the hang of the gestures yet. In case you haven’t seen them already, we’ve put some short video clips of each gesture on our website to help show you how to perform the gestures – see http://www.thewandcompany.com/Manual.html and click on the typewriter-style buttons. Also, a few hints that might help:

  • If you’re having trouble, stop and hold the wand steady and horizontal for a couple of seconds before trying again.
  • Waving the wand more vigorously doesn’t tend to work well – short, positive movements are best.
  • For the rotation gestures, you need to rotate the wand very slowly and smoothly one quarter-turn, keeping the tip steady. Once you’ve gone just over a quarter-turn, the wand will register the rotation and go into fine-resolution rotation mode, where it will register an event every 15 degrees – this allows you to control the volume with only small movements of your wrist.

There are a few videos on YouTube that might be helpful too:

Once you get the hang of it, you should find that the gestures are quite straightforward to perform, but it is like an instrument requiring dexterity, it takes a bit of practice to get used to it. If you’ve already learned some IR codes onto the wand, then it would be a good idea to do a factory reset to put in back into full practice mode, as Michael suggested :

  • Put the wand into learning mode (point upwards and double tap)
  • Do any gesture to make it start the rapid pulsing
  • Instead of sending it some IR from a regular remote, do the “big swish” gesture while the rapid pulsing is going on
  • The wand will do a few fast strong pulses to acknowledge the erase request, then the same again shortly afterwards to confirm that erase is complete.
  • Take the wand out of learning mode (point downwards and tap)
  • The wand will now be back to its factory-default state, in full “practice mode” for every gesture.

I hope that helps, but do let us know if you’re still having any problems.

Cheers,

Richard

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Richard Blakesley
The Wand Company Ltd