Calibur 2.0 - What's new and why

We’d like to thank you for all the feedback we received from you during the past years. We spend most of our time incorporating changes and new features based on users’ experiences. Explore the novel features of Calibur 2.0 below!

Summary

To put it short and simple, here's a list of the new features:

  1. Redesigned buttons
  2. USB-C charger port
  3. Easily replaceable battery
  4. More accurate scoring on all 3 disciplines
  5. Simpler sabre mode

Let's dive deeper into it! See the description below and our product showcase on YouTube.

1. New button

We've received many feedback about issues regarding old button - sometimes it was hard to push and turn off the pocket box. As a solution, we replaced the button to the side of the device.

The pocket boxes will now turn on and off with a single push instead of double, and it will be possible to turn off even if it's connected. Don't worry - it won't turn off accidentally while fencing.

2. USB-C charger port

Especially if you're dealing with children, Micro-USB ports are easier to break and a lot of users reported they don't even have them around anymore. We'll still include a double-headed charging cable in the packages.

3. Easily replaceable battery

As you might have noticed, we love to improve. However, we believe it is extremely important that our devices are reliable and durable for as long as possible.

So we decided to put a lot of work into making battery replacement possible with a simple screwdriver.

Exchange batteries can be used to prolong the products' lifespan and as a quick solution in case a pocket box would run out of power while fencing.

4. More accurate scoring on all devices

The best part of the Calibur system is that we can keep on working on adding new features and modifying old ones without having to collect all the devices, replace chips, etc. We do this by releasing software updates to the free Calibur app and firmware updates for the pocket boxes. The next generation pocket boxes make it easier for us to design leaner firmware and keep up with the occasional changes of regulations (e.g. timeframe of double touches).

For example, our latest firmware update made it possible to check the remaining battery life of the pocket boxes when connecting them to the app. However, with these updates we can also work on getting rid of user reported inaccuracies in unique circumstances.

Why can there be any inaccuracies?

There are some environmental factors which do not affect traditional scoring systems, but pose engineering challenges for wireless systems (e.g. electrical noise near radio stations, moisture in tropical areas). In regular cases, Calibur system is accurate and reliable.

Simpler sabre mode

Sabre fencing with the older hardware version (1.4.1) needed an extension set with an adapter, a magnetic cable head, an armband an extra cable.

In the next generation models, we managed to "build in" everything. From now on, sabre fencing is possible with only an armband set and a pocket box (and regular fencing equipment) with the help of a 4th socket.

We will soon publish a guide to setting up your wireless sabre system at this link. Until then, you can check it out in our showcase video.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact roland@caliburfencing.com

Setting up your Calibur system

How to start fencing anywhere, anytime? Here’s your quick guide to setting up your Calibur pocket boxes!

To have a more in-detail guide, take a look at our user manual, or contact our customer support at roland@caliburfencing.com

Smart Target Practice DIY

Ever wanted to have your own responsive fencing targets? Here's a quick guide to Calibur Target Practice to test the accuracy of your attacks with minimal to no additional costs.

Requirements:

  • 2 functioning Calibur pocket boxes
  • Free Calibur application (App Store, Google Play, Amazon Store)
  • A piece of conductive material (for example lamé)
  • Body cords or banana cables with an alligator clip
  • Two-sided glue tape
  • A pair of scissors

Step-by-step guide

  1. Once you have a piece of conducting material (recommendation at the end of the post) you can get creative right at this stage. What you can see below is a medium-sized target, which is ideal for beginners and for high-intensity lessons.
  2. Once you have your target surface, take a piece of tape and attach it to wherever you like it.
  1. Connect your pocket boxes to your smart device (via Calibur app). Then, if you are an épée fencer, switch the mode on the top of the screen to "Target practice (experimental)". If you're a foilist, you only have to choose the weapon type in the middle of the screen and leave it in "1v1 bouting" mode.
  2. Connect one pocket box to your weapon via the corresponding body cord.
  3. Connect the second pocket box to the target surface by a banana cable with an alligator clip (the banana plug goes into the "C" socket of the box) or Use an épée body cord and install an alligator clip to the "C" branch of the cable to connect it to the target surface. (Épée)
  4. Connect the second pocket box to the target surface by a banana cable with an alligator clip (the banana plug goes into the "A" socket of the box) or Use an foil/sabre body cord and clip it to the target surface. (Foil)

+1 Pro hint

To get a real feeling of challenge, use your target surfaces during lessons and fencing too!
Lead the cable through your fencing jacket to make valid fencing targets at the wrist or shoulder - take a look at our suggestions below.

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Loading the test firmware

If you have an older piece of hardware (that's still DVT 1.4.1.):
connect device -> "Firmware update" -> "Load test firmware" - this way, you will have the firmware with which the new sabre mode is available. Each time, you connect your pocket boxes with this firmware, a message box will inform you that it does not match the latest publicly available version. You can ignore this and go on with the test version.

This tutorial will be updated soon...

New Sabre Mode

The time has come: Calibur Sabre is here! Here's a quick tutorial for you to get familiar the world's first completely mobile scoring system for sabre.

Requirements:

After downloading Calibur (App Store, Amazon Store, Google Play), take the following steps to set up your wireless sabre scoring set:

  1. Plug the magnetic cable head in the USB connector of the pocket box.
  2. Attach the adapter to the pocket box.
  1. Connect the banana plug-snap connector cable into the 4th (next to C) banana socket of the adapter.
  2. Pull the conductive armband onto your arm, under the fencing jacket (whichever arm you prefer) so it's tight on your skin.
  3. Attach the banana plug-snap connector to the conductive armband.
  • After successfully connecting your pocket boxes to your smart device and having your armband connected to your pocket box via the adapter, continue just as it were your regular scoring machine - connect your bodycord to the box, take on your fencing jacket and lamé and fix the alligator clip of the bodycord to the lamé.
  • Once both you and your opponent are ready, test your equipment. Remember that both of your pocket boxes have to be connected in order to register hits on the scoreboard.
  • En garde ! Prêts ? Allez !
This is how your devices should be plugged in

In case you followed the instructions step by step but the device doesn't work properly, check if the banana-snap cable is still attached to your armband. If it is, please contact our customer support at calibur@caliburfencing.com.

Connect a bigger display via cable

Having a larger display for the Calibur scoreboard is possible through cables and wirelessly. Depending on what device you own, the opportunities are various. Here’s a quick summary about the possible ways to extend your scoreboard to a second screen by cables!

Connecting Apple devices

Mac

First things first, you have to identify the ports on your device. This guide can help you to do so.

  1. HDMI - if you have such a port, you'll only have to see if your desired screen has a matching input. If not, it is most likely that it has a VGA input, so what you will need to do so is an HDMI-VGA adapter.
  2. Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C port: Connect to HDMI with an adapter such as the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter.
  3. Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt, or Mini DisplayPort: Connect to HDMI with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter or cable such as the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or Belkin 4K Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.

iPad

  1. Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C port: Connect to HDMI with an adapter such as the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter.
  2. Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt: Connect to HDMI with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter or cable such as the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or Belkin 4K Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.

iPhone

  1. Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3: Connect to HDMI with an adapter such as the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter.
  2. Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt: Connect to HDMI with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter or cable such as the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or Belkin 4K Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.

Connecting Android devices

If you are using devices powered by Android, you are likely to have either a micro-USB or a USB-C type of output. It's very important to check whether your device supports MHL, which is a technology needed to connect to an external TV or monitor via HDMI.

If it does so, all you need is the correct adapter (micro-USB to HDMI, USB-C to HDMI) - after plugging them in, you should be ready to go.

USB-C to HDMI (input) adapter

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Firmware update

What is the firmware and why is it important? Here’s your quick guide to update your firmware for getting the most out of your wireless fencing experience!

The firmware is a software that runs on your Calibur pocket boxes. It is important to keep the Calibur application, as well as the firmware updated, because we are constantly working on making Calibur easier to use while adding more features and with each update, you will get more out of your device!

To have a more in-detail guide, take a look at our user manual, or contact our customer support at roland@caliburfencing.com

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Hints & tricks - guide to avoid errors

The aim of the Calibur system is to make fencing available for anyone, anytime, anywhere. In order to make this feature, we had to design a complex way of registering hits and transferring information.

Because of this, there are some, not so obvious ways in which Calibur differs from other scoring methods. Here, you can find a list of some elements that cause no problem while fencing, but sometimes are unusual to our users.

Most of the issues listed here can be avoided by testing your equipment in testing your equipment in full fencing uniform, in a realistic setting.

Bellguard for foil

With some equipment, bellguard distinction on foil has minor issues. We recommend that if you experience such things, turn on the switch for "register on-target hits for bellguard".

This also resolves the problem if you see that at some point, if you are sweaty enough (which means that your gloves are dripping wet), valid hits on you do not register as they should. This can also be resolved with a dry glove too though.

Bellguard for épée

One small bug that might occur is that if you test your épée's bellguard barehanded, while keeping the other weapon's point on it, it registers as valid. This is really easy to avoid, since in a realistic situation, since either putting on gloves or using a quick thrust never results in this error.

Testing without gloves extremely slowly can light the screen
Always test in realistic situations

Speed of registering hits

If you find that registering hits is somewhat slower than it is with the traditional scoring machines, you can augment the speed by:

Overwhelmed hardware can cause delay in regsitering

Things to pay attention to when testing foil

In some situations, you may experience peculiarities, but only in circumstances that are extremely rare during fencing, and in case they would occur, it’s probable that no points would be given anyway by a referee.

To avoid misleading test results,

Slower than realistic hits can cause error
Test equipment with a quick thrust to avoid error

+1 Hint for athletes: to eventually get better at competitions, you can do more besides training. Get an insight into your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly performance by using sports analytics tools - the most simple one is keeping a log about your bouts (on training and competitions too). Find out how Calibur's bout tracking system works and do everything you can do for that medal!

To have a more in-detail guide, take a look at our user manual, or contact our customer support at roland@caliburfencing.com.

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Bout tracking

Save your results and analyse your efforts

Keeping track of your results during trainings and competitions is essential to discover patterns in your performance and be aware of the things you have to pay attention to in order to become better at fencing and competing. Calibur offers a detailed log of your bouts to help analyze your performance against other Calibur users, so you can make the best decisions when planning your training. Here’s how!

1. Menu
2. My Profile
3. Upload

+1 Fun fact: Did you know that Calibur system comes with a free remote control for the scoreboard? Check our tutorial on Calibur Remote Control Mode!

To have a more in-detail guide, take a look at our user manual or contact our customer support at roland@caliburfencing.com

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Reaction time game

Want to know who's the fastest in the fencing hall? Stop guessing, start playing - our Reaction Time Mode is already out to help you show your skills! Here's a quick guide on how to access it within the app.

How to try the Reaction time game in the Calibur app
Open mode selector
Switch to reaction time game

Useful hint:

For better performance make sure to close every other applications on your phone and update the app to the latest version. Remember that hits must be sent and processed via a wireless connection. The system performs the best on the latest devices, however any device can perform better by making sure to dedicate as much resources as possible.

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