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How to Check the IR Motion Camera Functionality

Instructions on verifying the correct functionality of the IR Motion Camera on Nintendo Switch.

Additional Information:

  • The IR Motion Camera is located at the bottom of the Joy-Con (R).
  • The Nintendo Switch console does not have a built-in feature to verify the functionality of the IR Motion Camera. However, you can still check if the IR Motion Camera is working using compatible software.
  • The steps below outline an easy method to perform this check using the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit software or Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit software.

Which Nintendo Labo software are you using?


Important:

It is necessary to complete the Make section for the Toy-Con RC Car in order to access Play mode.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Ensure the Nintendo Switch console has the latest system update installed.
  2. Ensure the Joy-Con controllers are running the latest controller firmware.
  3. Verify the Joy-Con controllers are detached from the Nintendo Switch console.
  4. Start the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit software and open to Play mode for the RC Car.
    ss_labo_variety_play_mode_menu.jpg
  5. Tap on the bottom-centre button of the following screen.
    ss_variety_play_mode.jpg

    The next screen will show the IR Motion Camera functionality. Be sure that the On/Off switch on the bottom right corner is set to Off or "0" position.
    ss_labo_play_mode_ir_functionality.jpg

    While in the IR Motion Camera functionality screen, said functionality can be observed in two ways:

    • The Joy-Con (R) will display two or more LEDs lit on the IR Motion Camera.
      joy-con_ir_leds_lit.png
      • Once you exit this screen, the LEDs will no longer be lit.
    • If the IR Motion Camera is pointed toward an object such as your hand, the outline of your hand will be visible on the console screen.
      ss_labo_play_mode_ir_functionality_hand.jpg
      • This method is helpful if the ambient lighting makes it difficult to observe whether the IR LEDs are lit.


Important:

You will need to complete the Make section for the Toy-Con VR Goggles in order to access the Play or Discover modes.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Ensure the Nintendo Switch console has the latest system update installed.
  2. Ensure the Joy-Con controllers are running the latest controller firmware.
  3. Verify the Joy-Con controllers are detached from the Nintendo Switch console.
  4. Start the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit software and go to Discover mode. Select the Joy-Con.
    ss-switch-vr-kit-discover-mode-joy-con-selected.jpg
  5. Find the button at the bottom-right button labeled "Point the IR Camera at things!" and select "On".
    You may need to unlock some of the Joy-Con modules to make this button available.
    ss-switch-vr-kit-discover-mode-joy-con-modules.jpg
  6. Once this option is On, point the IR Camera at an object to view it on the console screen.
    img-switch-vr-kit-discover-mode-ir-camera-on.jpg