Telling the Time with Sunu Band

Sunu Band tells the time via vibratory pulses and through Voice Service.

To read the time with your Sunu Band, be sure it’s paired via Bluetooth so that your device retrieves the time from your smartphone. There’s no need to have your phone at all times to know the time; however, keep in mind that if the battery dies, the time will reset.

You can know the time by swiping on the touchpad to the sides.

Note: The Sunu Watch feature gets disabled when using obstacle detection and Sunu App navigation features.

Learning the Vibratory Pattern

When swiping to read the time, Sunu Band begins to vibrate to tell the time; shortly after, Voice Service will announce it, too.

Each pulse equals a number or value, one or five, depending on the length. In general, a long pulse equals five, and a short pulse equals one. However, things change when reading minutes. We explain this in detail down below:

Reading the hours

Swipe towards the sensor to read the hours​; hours come in a 12-hour or 24-hour format. e.g., when it’s 6 PM or 18 hours, you sense one long vibration and one pulse when expressing 12 hours, or three long vibrations, followed by three pulses, vibrations equal:

  • Short pulses = One
  • Long pulses = Five

Check out the examples below:

Noon (12:00 PM) reads as: Two long vibrations, plus two short pulses; meaning 5 + 5 + 1 +1 = 12

  • 1 AM reads as ​one pulse.
  • 3 PM reads as ​three pulses.
  • 7 PM reads as ​one long pulse and two long vibrations.
  • 19 Hours read as​ three long pulses, plus four short pulses.

Notes: The vibratory watch only works with the format you select. If you switch to 24-hour format on Sunu App, Voice Service will announce the time in the format you select.

Reading the minutes

Swipe away from the sonar sensor to read the minutes​. The minutes are divided into two groups by a little pause. The initial group of pulses are groups of tens, meaning that for every vibration you feel, you’ll be counting ten minutes past the hour.

We will explain how you can differentiate between a pulse that equals ten from the ones that equal just one. As you might have noticed, the trick to quickly catching the time is the brief pause in between.

The difference between reading 30 minutes or 33 minutes is you sense three vibrations. On the other hand, when reading 33 minutes, you feel the pulses, a short pause, and three pulses.

How about expressing 3 minutes? During the first minutes of each hour, you get a long pause, followed by three pulses.

We will give you an example of the same vibrations (One long pulse and two pulses) having different values:

XX:07 Minutes reads a brief initial pause, then one long vibration ( 5 ), then two pulses ( 1 + 1 ) which equals to ( 5 + 1 + 1 ).

XX:52 Minutes reads as a long vibration ( 50) a pause, then only two pulses ( 1 + 1 ) giving us ( 50 + 1 + 1 ) in vibrations.

Reading the time

We will show a curious example in which 11 reads differently; hopefully, this clears this up a bit.

11:11 Hours display as two long pulses, and short one pulse (5 + 5 + 1), whereas minutes display as one pulse, a pause, and one final pulse. (1 worth 10 + 1 = 11).

1:19 PM Reads as: One pulse for the hour ( 1 ). As for the minutes, the first pulse equals ten, then a pause, a long vibration meaning five, followed by four final pulses. ( 10 + 5 + 1, 1, 1, 1).

6:50 AM Reads as: One long and short pulse for hours ( 5 + 1). In contrast, the minutes will present as one long vibration (50) since no singles are counted.

3:03 AM Reads as: Three short pulses for hours (1 + 1 + 1). Whereas the minutes read as an initial pause, then three short pulses. (1 + 1 + 1)

Note: Remember the trick when reading minutes; the value goes as 5 or 1 depending on the length; once again, practice throughout the day to notice the pause as the minutes pass by.

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Bear in mind that Sunu Band synchs the time with your phone. Therefore, if your device runs out of battery, you’ll have to get it close to your smartphone to recover the time. When the battery is out of synch, you’ll notice a series of vibrations indicating that there’s an error.