How to set up your ZapBox

Let's set up your ZapBox in a few simple steps.

ZapBox Set Up

Important!  Before you start please make sure to read the safety instructions. You can find them here or in the ZapBox box

1. Assemble your ZapBox 2.0 set


Follow the instructions video to assemble your controllers and headset.
Happy ZapBoxing!


2. Download the ZapBox App

ZapBox App

On Android the ZapBox app is now in public beta on the Google Play store, so you should be able to find it by searching for “ZapBox”.

On iOS the ZapBox app is available for download through the App Store.

3. Create a map


The video below shows a walkthrough of the setup process for the current beta app releases.

Disclaimer: The "cog" menu is specific to iOS at the moment, but the flow is the same on both platforms.


Hints and Tips


Lens Adapter Alignment

When attaching the lens adapter onto your device, you should look through the adapter and ensure it is centred on the device’s camera lens. Also look from the side to ensure it is sitting flat.

Some devices have camera bumps which make it difficult to position the clip so it doesn’t cover the screen but ensures the adapter sits flat. In these cases we recommend finding a way to provide a larger flat surface for the adapter to sit on. Some device cases might help work well for this, or you could cut out some of the excess cardboard from the sheet of world pointcodes and make something specific for your device.

If the lens adapter is not centred on the camera or is not sitting flat it will affect the quality of tracking and may also prevent you completing the lens calibration process. One way of visually checking the quality of your lens calibration is to look back at the grid after successfully calibrating the lens, for example in Build Map mode as Simon did at around 7:30 in the video above. If the straight lines are straight, you are good to go. Otherwise check the lens positioning and try calibrating again.

Camera Settings

For iOS devices

On iOS we recommend entering the cog menu, deselecting Auto Focus, and manually choosing a focus position for your device. Aim to set a focus point that gives sharp focus for the pointcodes when they're 1-2 metres away. Do this after attaching the lens adapter but before the calibration process. This is explained at around 5:50 in the walkthrough.

For Android devices

On Android, camera control is a little different to the iOS build. You should tap the AF icon to lock the focus when looking at something a couple of metres away. Then tap the lock icon to switch to a short exposure mode that should give less blur and hence better tracking, as long as your device offers the necessary manual camera APIs.
Whenever the full-screen menu is displayed we stop the camera feed to avoid wasting resources.

Unfortunately the focus and exposure lock settings do not persist across a camera restart, so you’ll need to do the AF and lock procedure whenever you enter the camera view from the menu (i.e once at the start of the map building process, and then again when you launch an experience from the menu).