First Steps

First Steps

Congratulations on having your PeekSmith device! We hope you will like this tiny piece of magic, and you'll amaze your audience.

We recommend joining our PeekSmith Facebook group for updates and discussing your ideas. It is a welcoming and active community you will love. :)

Turning on and off the PeekSmith device

Your PeekSmith might arrive uncharged. We recommend charging it before using it. If you turn on the device, you will see the battery percentage on the screen. It should increase when the device is on a charger.

You can turn on the device by pressing the side button. It will vibrate, and display a "PeekSmith Three" screen including the battery level. You have to press and hold the side button for 3 seconds to turn off the device. After the red LED turns on, you can release the button.

Previous models have a small on/off switch. When these devices are on, you should see a 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.

When you finished using it, don't forget to turn it off. With one charge, the device can work for several hours.

Now the device is ready to connect to a mobile app via Bluetooth, or use it as a standalone device to connect to other Bluetooth devices.

The device will arrive with a thin transparent foil on the screen. Feel free to remove it, the screen will look much better. It might be hard to find the edge of it.

First steps as a standalone device (PeekSmith 3 only)

If you long press the left button for 3 seconds, PeekSmith will display you the firmware version. We have released PeekSmith with v1.0.23 firmware. We plan to release a new firmware in January.

If you long press the right button for 3 seconds, PeekSmith will start scanning and connecting to other Bluetooth devices. Make sure the devices are not connected to an application. PeekSmith 3 will connect to Spotted Dice, Kinetic Mental Dice, Insight and other PeekSmith devices. This is an experimental feature at the moment, and more will come with the new firmware.

Spotted Dice and Kinetic Mental Dice values should be immediately displayed on the screen after scanning. As you move or roll them, you will see the changes. Moving of a die is indicated with a green border.

As you read a card with Insight, it will display the name of the card. Poker and ESP cards are supported for now, and only the first card will be displayed.

If you would like to disconnect the devices, just turn off and on PeekSmith.

First steps with the PeekSmith app

You should install the PeekSmith application. Go to The App page and follow the instructions.

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.

Now you should see a green button with the "Details..." text, press it, and now 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.
  • 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".
  • The PeekSmith app can also watch any customer web URLs, so if a developer and 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 can work with the device. We have tried to list them on the The Device 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 to catch notifications because of privacy reasons). Any magic app that can send a notification can be used this 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.


Let's discuss all the options of the Settings tab. The first block called "PeekSmith Device" is about pairing the device. After tapping on the "Select PeekSmith" button and selecting your device, some options will appear:

When you start your app, it will try to connect to the PeekSmith device you have selected. Also, if the device goes of out the Bluetooth range (about 10m), the app will reconnect when it becomes available, again. With the "Disconnect" button, you can disconnect your device.

Battery level

This shows the battery level in percentage. We recommend charging your device to 100% before your performance.

Brightness level (1-7)

PeekSmith has 7 different brightness levels, you can set it by tapping on this line. 1 is the darkest, good for a stage in a dark theatre. 7 is the brightest, good if you are performing on a beach in a very bright environment. Select the best brightness that is readable for you, but not lights up your environment.

Long text scrolling

PeekSmith can display up to 84 characters on its screen (4 rows of 21 characters), however, it can be hard to read the smallest font size during a performance. With the middle font, you will get 22 characters (2 rows of 11 characters). If you would like to read more, you can try using the long text scrolling feature. Turning it on will scroll texts longer than 11 characters.

Scrolling speed (1-10) and Scrolling delay

This belongs to text scrolling, you can customize the scrolling speed and delay in miilisecs.

Enable vibration

If you have a PeekSmith Two or PeekSmith 2B model, it has a vibration motor. Turning on "Enable vibration" will vibrate the device when the app sends a new message to it. If you are using the device in your pocket, using this feature you will know when you have a new message.

Charging the device

You can charge the device with the Micro-USB port. Any Micro-USB 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%.

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 chargers are not providing the 5V constantly, but trying to detect if a device is plugged. If they were designed for mobile phones with 1A/2A charging, they might not detect PeekSmith's 100 mA need, and won't charge.


For first time users, some tips to know:

  • The PeekSmith app (same for the CubeSmith 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 turn it on, 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 apps (like CubeSmith) won't be able to list and connect to it.

Further advice

PeekSmith is an electronic device that can work in normal room conditions. While we have designed it to be as massive as possible, the screen can break or some water can cause damages to the electronics.

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