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Vuzix Blade® Smart Glasses User's Manual

The Vuzix Blade® is a monocular Android-based smart display with a see-through viewing experience utilizing Vuzix's proprietary waveguide optics.

The Vuzix Blade® is the first truly wearable pair of lightweight AR smart glasses for consumers and enterprise.

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Vuzix Blade® Smart Glasses FAQ

Vuzix Blade® delivers a "hands free" digital world, providing unprecedented access to information, data collection and more. Improve existing workflows and open a new opportunities in industrial, medical, retail, supply chain, remote help desk and other aspects of your business.

How can I link my Blade to the Companion app?

The Companion App is available for your Vuzix Blade and it can be installed on your iOS or Android smartphones. The Companion App enables easy setup and customization of your Blade and manages the communication link between the Blade and your smart phone. It also has features like photo transfer, configuring the settings and installing applications.

To download the companion app for,

Once you install the Companion app on your smartphone, follow the below steps to connect your Blade with the installed Companion app.

  1. Start the Companion app on your smartphone. Hit 'Start Setup' to start link procedure.
  2. Agree to the Vuzix Terms of Service.
  3. The Welcome screen explains the steps involved in the setup process. Hit Next.
  4. The next screens explains the basic gestures available on your Blade. When comfortable hit Next to the link screen.
  5. The link screen show the QR-Code using which you can link to the Blade. On your Blade navigate to the Settings > Connectivity and tap on Companion Link.
  6. If Bluetooth on Blade is disabled, notice 'Bluetooth Required' screen. On that screen swipe and tap Yes. Notice the Camera gets turned on with message 'Looking for QR code in Blade's Companion app'. Now you will be able to scan the QR-Code on the smartphone.
  7. Once the QR-Code code is scanned, the Blade will verify the link and show a status 'Linked' on both your smartphone and 'Connected' on your Blade. Click on on the smartphone.
  8. The next step is to personalize. You can name your Blade, for example 'Joe's Blade'. This new name will be your Blade's Bluetooth Name. Hit Next when done.
  9. Next step is to customize the notifications that show up on your Blade. Enable or disable any app's notification by toggling the buttons. Hit Next when done.
  10. Finally, the tutorial explains the more advance gestures on Blade.


If your smartphone or Blade are not in range (or Bluetooth is off or Airplane mode is on) you will see a disconnect icon on your Blade and a disconnect message on your Companion app. When both devices come in range (or Bluetooth is on) they automatically are connected.

Also see the video to understand the process better.


How can I navigate the Blade user interface?

  • The Blade has one physical button which is the power button. This button can be used to power ON and power OFF the Blade. It also has a touchpad on the right temple. All the interactions with the Blade are done using this touchpad as gestures.
  • For details on Blade gestures, refer to the Blade Quick Start Guide.
  • The Blade has two LEDs. The green power LED is the visual indicator that the Blade is powered ON or if the Blade is being charged. The red recording LED is the visual indicator that the camera app is being accessed or a video is being recorded by the Blade.

How can I perform a software update on the Blade?

The Blade has the ability to perform a Software update over-the-air (OTA). Note that the Software update or OS update will not remove or erase any of your personal data like photos, videos, settings and apps. To perform a software update on your Blade you will need the Blade to be connected to the internet (Wi-Fi) and the Blade's battery should be above 50%.

Once connected to the internet, the Blade will automatically check for updates and display a message when there is a new update. You can also manually check for updates or change any of the Software update on your Companion app or on your Blade. To check and update your Blade follow the below instructions: 

From the Companion app:

Have your Blade connected to the Companion app on your smartphone. Click on Settings tab, scroll down and click on the "Software Update" option.

Clicking on 'Check for Software Update' will check if there is a new Software version available. If no updates notice 'Your Blade software is up to date' and if there are updates a status message will show up with release notes. Not that you currently cannot initiate the Software update of Blade from Companion app. You will have to follow the below steps to update the Software on Blade.

From within the Blade Settings App:

On your Blade, swipe and tap on Settings, later swipe and tap on System and finally swipe and tap on Software Update.

Clicking on 'Check for updates' option will check if there is a new Software version available. If there are not updates you will see a toast saying the same. But if there are updates, you will see a dialog saying new updates are available for your Blade. The dialogs will guide your through the process of Downloading the Software Update, Verifying it and later installing. Blade will reboot after the install.


How can I transfer files to/from the Blade?

  • To transfer files from the Blade via USB, you will first need to change the USB mode in Settings to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) or PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) mode. This can be accessed in Settings under USB Mode. Once enabled, you will be able to navigate the filesystem on the Blade when plugged into a PC via USB as a standard USB storage device.

How large is the Blade's display?

The Blade's display is currently configured as a 480x480p square which occupies 19 degrees of the right eye field of view (FOV). This square display can be positioned anywhere in the 28 degree vertical Waveguide on the device. 

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