Here’s a great way to hook up blink(1) up to Microsoft Outlook. Github user @sajingeo created a nicely-written Python script “outlook.py” that polls queries Outlook and then calls “blink1-tool”. You don’t need to be running Blink1Control to get this to work. (if you are, just use the “blink1control-tool” cmdline program instead of “blink1-tool”). He also includes a handy batch file to start it all off. Thanks sajingeo!
Github user @skynebula made some great AppleScript buttons for use with Blink1Control on Mac OS X. Put these in your Dock to quickly turn your blink(1) whatever color you like!
We’re very excited to announce that our blink(1) USB notification LED is now available via Seeed Studio. Seeed is a wonderful company based in Shenzhen, China and helped ThingM manufacture blink(1). And since they’re based in Shenzhen, they’re a much closer source blink(1) from if you’re places like Australia, Japan, or Singapore. Thanks Seeed!
ThingM will once again be at Maker Faire Bay Area. It’s the 10-year anniversary and we’ve been going since the very beginning (and have had a booth there for 8 years). This year it’s on May 16 & 17 2015. Come join us! We’ll be showing off projects made with our blink(1) USB RGB LED and our BlinkM Smart LED family of products. If you’ve done something neat with ThingM products, come tell us about it. See you there!
Celebrate the colors of spring with a multi-colored blink(1) USB LED!
To welcome the coming nice weather, new plants, and allergens, blink(1)s and accessories are 15% off in the ThingM store for the entire month of April.
Visit http://buy.thingm.com/blink1 and use coupon code “blink1spring” at checkout.
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Problem is the tray icon is not that present and sometimes I don’t see the notification in time. The blink(1) is the perfect addon for this, I now can see if something is wrong even if my screen is off.
He wrote a quick wrapper script to connect blink(1) to nagios and nagstamon and now he gets visual notifications without peering at a tiny tray icon.
See video of it in action on his blog post.
Thanks Jacob, these are great!
Recently we discovered some interesting uses of BlinkM, our I2C-controllable Smart LED, with LabVIEW. LabVIEW is a data acquisition system used by many school, labs, and research institutions. If you took upper-level science and engineering courses in college, you probably ran into it. If you’re already using an I2C-capable microcontroller to take data, BlinkMs are a pretty natural addition to your test setup, as they work great to indicate test states.
Some of the ways we found BlinkMs being used with LabVIEW:
- LabVIEW & BlinkM with the ChipKIT platform
- LabVIEW & BlinkM with the Arduino platform
- BlinkM in LabVIEW Hacker
Tod was recently interviewed for the Embedded.fm podcast, episode #90 “Stick it in a Pumpkin“. It was a lot of fun. We talked about blink(1), BlinkM, electronics production, Kickstarter, and a bunch of other things. You can listen to on iTunes or on the Embedded.fm website. And if you listen to the end, you’ll hear a special 25% coupon code for blink(1)s. :-)
If you’ve not heard of Embedded.fm, and you’re interested in electronics, you might like it. It’s all about electronics. The host Elecia is awesome and wrote a pretty great book a few years ago called Making Embedded Systems.