Puppet Features

To control the virtual puppet, the Bluefruit Playground app looks at the data from the CPB's onboard accelerometer and buttons. Here is a description of those features and how to navigate them.

  • Tilt left/right to tilt head
  • Tilt up/down to open/close mouth 
  • Tap button A to trigger the "raised eyebrows" animation
  • Tap button B to trigger the "head shake" animation

Controlling the Puppet via the App

Additionally, you can control two other features of the puppet directly on the app itself.

  • Touch and drag the puppet to change the orientation/direction that it is facing
  • Pinch to enlarge or shrink puppet

How to hold the CPB for optimized puppetry

Drawing from the help page on the puppets module of the app
  • To keep the CPB snug on your hand while puppeteering, it's best to use a rubber band around your index through pinky fingers, slipping the CPB under the top of the rubber band.
  • If needed, make two loops with your rubber band to increase snug fit and prevent a flying CPB.

Other App Functions

There are buttons at the bottom for accessing more capabilities

Recording Videos

Click the recond button in the lower-left corner of the app to begin recording.

You may get asked if you'd like to enable the camera and microphone for recording, hit yes.

Once you are finished recording, click the record button again to stop the recording.

The app will then prompt you to either save or discard the video. Hit save to save the video to your device.

The video should now show up in your photos.

"Green Screen" Mode

Tap the icon with the two squares to enable green screen mode. More on how to use this in the "Connecting and Controlling" section of this guide.

Camera Flip

Tap the button with the camera icon to flip the camera back and forth.

Full Screen Toggle

Tap the icon with the arrows to enter and exit full-screen mode.

Help/how to

Tap the question mark icon on the top right of the screen for more info on how to best hold the CPB and more.

This guide was first published on Feb 19, 2020. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Features) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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