Checking your phone is a hassle when you’re busy. Pockets, gloves and complicated interfaces get in the way of the most important aspect of every communication device: communicating. Onyx puts the tools you need right where you need them most, stylishly accessible at all times.
Connecting Anyone, Anywhere
Onyx delivers instant group communication anywhere. Create, manage and communicate with groups, with no geographical limits. See the position of everyone in your groups and their status. Access advanced group management features on Android or iOS.
Your Connection to the OnBeep PlatformOnyx pairs with the OnBeep app on your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth, which connects to our a state-of-the-art communications platform. Messages are delivered through our servers in realtime regardless of the carrier you're using, allowing you to keep in touch anywhere you have cellular data or access to wi-fi.
To get started, make sure you've downloaded and installed the OnBeep app. If you haven't installed it yet, click here to be redirected, and you can get set up.
Your Onyx device has a few different buttons to control its features. Before reading the guide below, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the names shown here.
To Power On:
Hold down the power button for a few seconds until the light ring turns on.
To Charge your Onyx:
To charge your Onyx, connect it to a power source with a micro USB cable. Any standard micro USB cable may be used with Onyx, and one is provided to you in its box.
Your Onyx ships to you partially charged. While you can start using it directly out of the box, we recommend plugging in your Onyx and charging it a bit first.
A single button is used to control the volume on Onyx. Press the + side to increase, and the − side to decrease the volume.
Onyx comes with a TRRS headphone jack that supports both standard stereo headphones and headphones with built-in microphones. To use headphones with Onyx, plug them into the headphone jack.
Onyx is a wearable device and attaches to clothing by its clip. The ideal attachment place is a collar or lapel, but feel free to get creative.
The Light Ring
The light ring on Onyx communicates your status with its color and behavior.
|Light Ring Color||Solid||Pulsing||Flashing|
|White||Powered on, not paired||Powered on, not paired, and charging|
|Blue||Currently paired and in one or more groups||Paired, in one or more groups, and charging||Currently paired with mobile device, but not in any groups|
|Gold||Silence activated||Silence activated, and charging|
|Red||Critically low battery
To send a message:
Using the Silence Switch:
If you're in a situation where you don't want to send or receive messages, you can silence your Onyx by simply toggling the Silence switch to the "on" position. Your Onyx light ring will turn gold to indicate Silent mode is activated.
To toggle Silent mode off, simply toggle the Silence switch to the off position, and your Onyx light ring will change from gold back to blue (or white, depending on whether you're currently listed as in a group).
Hold down the power button for a few seconds until the light ring turns off. Please note the Onyx will not turn off while charging.
Adding a new Contact
Click on the top left corner of the screen to pull up the menu. Click on "Contacts" pull up your contacts menu.
For iOS users:
For Android users:
If your friend is found in our database, they will be added to your contacts. If not, you're given the option to send them an invite to join OnBeep. Click the checkmark to bring up an invite. You can customize your invite. Once you're happy with it, click the checkmark again to send the invite off to your friend.
Adding a new Group
To add a new group, follow the steps below:
For iOS users:
For Android users:
To Change Groups:
To switch the group you're in, follow the instructions below:
For iOS users:
For Android users:
To Invite Contacts to a Group:
To invite contacts to a group you're already in, follow the instructions below:
for iOS users:
for Android users:
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Yes. You need a smartphone or other mobile device (iPod, etc.) with bluetooth and data access (Wi-Fi or cellular data). Compatible operating systems include:
Android running 4.1 or above.
iPod touch, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, running iOS 7 or above.
Size and Weight
Height: 26mm (1.02 in.)
Width: 60mm (2.36 in.)
Length: 60mm (2.36 in)
Weight: 46g (1.62 oz.)
Power and Battery
Type of Battery: Lithium Polymer
Charges via micro-USB cable (provided)
Battery Life: 12 hours standby, all-day normal use
Yes. Onyx comes with a TRRS headphone jack that supports both standard stereo headphones and headphones with built-in microphones.
Our initial production run is currently being assembled, and we expect our first Onyx customers to receive devices in December, 2014.
Absolutely. One of the key features of our platform is that your devices will communicate regardless of the OS and provider you’re currently using. An Onyx paired with an iPhone on Verizon in San Francisco will have no trouble connecting to an Onyx paired with a Nexus 5 on Orange in Montreal.
First, make sure to set up mail forwarding with your local post office. Once you’ve done that, just notify us ahead of time of your new address, and we’ll update our system.
We are considering building applications to support the Windows and Blackberry platforms.
Onyx works worldwide, however, we're currently only able to sell it to customers with a US billing or shipping address.
This has mostly to do with regulations and permits around the sale of devices that use radio frequencies, which differ from country to country.While we may not be able to provide Onyx where you are, don't worry! We will be expanding into other markets when possible.
To sign up to recieve updates on our international policies, add your email address to the list here: http://www.onbeep.com/international-orders
No. While walkie-talkies have a limited range, Onyx can be used anywhere you have cellular or wifi connectivity, connecting people around the world. Also, walkie-talkies are no replacement for smartphones, so people usually carry both. With Onyx you can just use your smartphone to instantly connect with people anywhere you have service.
Not really. While you could use an app to connect with people, you have to look down, pull out your phone, open the app, select the user, and send your message. With Onyx, you can leave your phone in your pocket and just press a button to instantly connect with people without taking your focus off what you are doing.