Swivl C-Series Robot New Features

Swivl Robot Update Adds New Features

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Swivl C-Series Robot is an easy-to-use video capture solution for teachers and students, allowing you to use your iPad, tablet or mobile phone to capture video and audio in the classroom, meeting room or to interact online.

Great news for Swivl users is that with the latest software update through the Swivl mobile app, you can now do TWO new things that you didn’t expect when you bought it.

Classroom Audio

Swivl C-Series Robot can now help you broadcast a teacher’s voice anywhere in the classroom so that every student can hear.

All existing C-Series users can access this essential educational tool. All you need is an inexpensive speaker to get started.  Where this capability shines is with C3 and C5 model Swivl Robots. You can plug a speaker into each marker and customise how and where you place speakers around the room. This is ideal for flexible classroom layouts and leading teaching methodologies.  C1 owners can also plug a USB speaker into the base and get basic amplification.

Check out how it works and how to get started here with information provided by Swivl:

The purpose of Classroom Audio functionality is to amplify teacher’s voice so that everyone in the classroom or auditorium can hear the teacher clearly.  In Classroom Audio configuration, sound collected by the Primary marker will be amplified by any speakers connected into the system (either connected to Swivl USB port or Secondary marker’s analog port).


Swivl Base Firmware: 10.02 (update via mobile app and check on Settings screen of the app)


With C3 or C5 Swivl, any analog connection speaker can be connected to Secondary marker audio jack using 3.5mm male to male cable (usually included with the speaker). Some speakers have a rechargeable battery which will allow you to place it anywhere in the classroom — in a small group, in the back of the classroom, near the student who needs it the most.

If you are planning to have a single central speaker near the Swivl, you can use a standard USB speaker with an A-type USB connector (usually part of the speaker).  Just connect the speaker plug to the bottom of the Swivl base (large USB connector next to the power port in the black Swivl foot).

The size and quality of the speaker is up to the requirements for each individual or classroom need.  There are many speakers and you already might have some in your classroom, school, or workplace.  We have tested a couple of speakers which worked pretty well.


Speakers connected to Secondary markers: Student can control volume of the speaker connected to her Secondary marker by short-clicking Up/Down buttons (8 steps from min to max).  If the speaker has its own volume controls, those can also be used.

Speakers connected to Swivl Base: Teacher can control volume of the speaker connected to the base USB port by short-clicking Up/Down buttons on her Primary marker (8 steps from min to max).

Swivl will remember volume settings for both configurations through power-cycle.  


In Classroom Audio mode, when no mobile device is connected to Swivl, Swivl’s Power LED will display Green with occasional blink.  In this mode tracking will also be disabled.

Make sure to connect Swivl base (with primary marker), all secondary markers, and battery based speakers to charge overnight.  You can find directions on charging Swivl equipment here.

Classroom Observation Audio

Classroom Observation Audio lets you use the Swivl C Series Markers to remotely tune into your student groups’ discussions. Because you can listen-in remotely, your presence won’t influence the focus and tone of your students’ conversation, and you can get a more realistic view of what’s going on in each group as it happens. Users with Swivl C3 or C5 can get started now by reading more from Swivl here.

Check out how it works and how to get started here with information provided by Swivl:

Classroom Observation Audio uses the Swivl C Series Markers to allow you to listen in to group conversations throughout your classroom in real-time from the teacher’s Primary Marker. This allows you to observe group dialogue naturally, without having to be next to the group, which influences the tone and focus of the conversation.

To use this feature, you need a Swivl C3 or C5 robot, with Secondary Markers fully paired to the base. To enable the Classroom Observation Audio function for your robot, first make sure that your Swivl robot’s firmware is up-to-date.

To Operate Classroom Observation Audio:

  • Turn on and set up the Swivl C3 or C5 robot.
  • Connect a standard headset (i.e. Apple earbuds, etc.) to the Primary Marker’s audio jack.
  • Once the headset is connected, the teacher can listen into the audio being recorded to each Secondary Marker.
  • Press the Left or Right buttons on the direction pad of the Primary Marker to rotate which Secondary Marker audio feed is being listened to.

To Operate Observation Audio with Classroom Audio:

  • If you have your robot set up in Classroom Audio configuration, with speakers attached to your Secondary Markers, when you plug in your headset, the robot will automatically use this microphone to broadcast your voice.
  • Plugging in a headset to the Primary Marker will also enable Classroom Observation Audio. To stop broadcasting your voice with Classroom Audio, and start listening with Classroom Observation Audio, press the left and right buttons on the Primary Marker’s direction pad.
  • Press the center button on the Primary Marker to shift back to Classroom Audio mode, to broadcast your voice.

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