Pat at O’Brian Labs has created an awesome thing: Windows Media Center running on a Mac Mini w/ Windows 10 and using a PowerShell script to control a blink(1) USB LED. It’s wonderful. His post describes how he set it all up and includes the PowerShell script if you want to do something similar.
Russell Brown built upon our basic node-blink1-server and created a much richer HTTP API for our blink(1) USB LED called blink1-status-hub. It’s geared to help him work with long-running tasks on server VMs. If you need a cross-platform HTTP REST API for blink(1), give this one a try. It’s available now on npm.
The hspec-blink1 package is from Bob Long. He includes both the source and a small video of it working. Bob will also be demonstrating at a Meetup in Dublin, Ireland on 27 April titled “Hspec, & Integrating with blink(1) devices”. If you go, let us know!
Give your computer a shiny new glowy light!
Use code “vday2016” for 30% off at buy.thingm.com/blink1 and light up your computer’s life.
Your computer will love you for it.
This upgraded channel will initially work just the same, but with the added ability of allowing multiple blink(1)s to work with a single IFTTT account (something many of our customers have asked for). And this new channel is more easily customizable by us so it will open up the door to more advanced features down the road.
Current IFTTT blink(1) channel users:
As IFTTT gets ready to make the change, they will be contacting you. We believe that all your recipes will be migrated so no changes will be necessary by you. You will be able to distinguish the new blink(1) IFTTT channel by the updated graphic (see the above image) and your channel authentication will be via OAuth2 to our new blink(1) data feed service.
And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Glyn Hudson created an ambient wind energy indicator using a emonPi environmental monitoring Raspberry Pi and blink(1) USB LED. Then on the software side, he used Node-RED and Emoncms to pull in real-time UK wind energy generation and map that data to colors on the blink(1).
Glyn goes into detail on how to set everything up and it’s a great example of integrating disparate devices and data sources into Node-RED. Here’s what his setup looks like in the Node-RED GUI:
This is really neat. Scratch is a free and open-source visual programming / learning environment. It’s somewhat targeted at kids but really it’s good for anyone new to programming concepts. It looks like Scratch supports several USB devices now, including blink(1). Check out this blog post for more info.
Niklas was recently “nerding out with a open api, raspberry pi, blink(1) and some node.js code” and created a cool example of using Stockholm bus tracking API to light up a blink(1) that lets him know when he should leave for the bus. And since it’s all running on a Raspberry Pi hanging on his wall, it’s a compact easy-to-see single-purpose device.
Check out his blog post “A Nerds Way of Keeping Track of When the Next Bus Leaves” and github repo for full details.
Lua is a very interesting and efficient programming language that’s exceptionally cross-platform. Since our blink(1) notification light is also very cross-platform, we’ve always wanted native Lua functionality for it, but haven’t had to resources to do it. Fortunately, Matt Burke made a great Lua library for blink(1) and put it up on github. Thanks Matt!