BlinkM Smart LEDs (http://blinkm.thingm.com/) were used in this delightful motion-responsive installation created by a team of students for children to play with light at night. For more information, see: – http://cutecenter.nus.edu.sg/ – http://www.nimesha.info/ Original video from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAZRagPvK6c
Every month the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Tod’s alma mater) hosts the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum. This month’s topic is “The Internet of Things, Arduinos and the ‘Maker Entrepreneur’“. Tod will be there speaking about how Arduino, Hackerspaces, & Open Source can speed the development and creation of Internet of Things or other embedded intelligent devices. The forum is Saturday, November 9, 2013. Registration is open to all, $40 online or $50 at the door. http://www.entforum.caltech.edu/
Mike was on the “IoT Guru Panel” talking about the future of Internet of Things and how to get mainstream acceptance of IoT projects. It’s a great listen. Embedded video in the link: http://gigaom.com/2013/10/16/panel-explaining-products-value-will-be-a-major-challenge-for-marketing-the-internet-of-things/
We been up to a bunch of stuff since our Kickstarter closed. On all fronts we’ve been making good progress. In this update there’s info about: Electronics Enclosures Software API updates We’re also having a bit of delay due to issues in getting the microcontroller chip in quantity from our vendor. We hope to have that sorted out shortly though. Electronics In anticipation of things going smoothing, we started the electronics manufacturing for blink(1) mk2 before we got funded, in late July and early August. It was at that point we placed the order for the components and set our electronics fabricator on making circuit boards. It usually takes about a month to go from emailing PCB layout (a […]
Last weekend ThingM sponsored, and Mike organized, Sketching in Hardware 2013, held at PARC–the legendary Palo Alto Research Center (where Mike’s day job is). This was the eighth annual meeting of people developing tools that make creating with electronics accessible to non-professional engineers. We had a great group of people from as far as Copenhagen and Shenzen. Some were artists, others designers, many were scientists, engineers and university researchers. All were excited to talk about the tools that will make electronics more expressive, and more accessible. Since all 50 attendees gave a presentation (that’s one of the rules of the event), there isn’t space to summarize everything that everyone said, but here’s a sample: David Mellis, of the MIT Media […]
We’re working on an improved version of blink(1) and have launched a Kickstarter for it. blink(1) mk2 is an updated version of the blink(1) super status light. The original blink(1) made it easy to connect any data source in the cloud or on your computer to a full-color RGB LED so you can know what’s happening without checking any windows, going to any websites or typing any commands. blink(1) mk2 maintains backward-compatibility while adding better functionality and great new features. The main new features are: – Better USB support – Brighter via dual RGB LEDs – Independently-addressable LEDs – Improved Blink1Control application We think it’s going to be great.
Chris Moyer, author “Building Applications in the Cloud: Concepts, Patterns, and Projects” and a new blink(1) user, published a nice review of blink(1) for anyone curious about them. Thanks Chris!
We now have two distributors of blink(1): Maker Shed and Inventables. Both Maker Shed and Inventables also carry our BlinkM-family products too. We are very excited to have our gadgets offered by two companies that carry so many other neat products. Check them out!
Here’s a quick hack to try if you have a blink(1) and want a light that is large and viewable from more angles than what blink(1) normally provides. It does make things a bit larger though. It turns out ping-pong balls make excellent diffusers for LEDs. Here’s how to attach a ping-pong ball diffuser to your blink(1) so you can put a computer-controlled notification light just about anywhere. Tools Needed: – blink(1) USB RGB LED – white ping pong ball – hobby knife – hot glue gun – USB extension cable (optional)
Whew, MakerFaire Bay Area 2013 is over and it was astoundingly fun. Not only did we get to interact with so many people doing awesome things with ThingM products (like these BlinkM MinM earrings) but we got to show off a bunch of projects made with blink(1) and BlinkM-family stuff to thousands of new people. We heard tallies of 120,000 people showed up over the weekend, and we love seeing the concepts the Maker community inspires diffusing out into the larger world, as this LA Times article speaks to. This year not only were we fortunate enough to have a ThingM table in the Maker Shed (Thank you Leah, Alex, Will, Carlyn, & Mike for helping staff it), but we […]