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New Python library for blink(1) & blink(1) mk2

Salim Fadhley has taken on the job of rewriting the basic Python blink(1) library we provided and making it so much more awesome. You can get it here: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/blink1 As he says: “This is a rewrite of ThingM’s original Python library. It includes the following modifications: 100% test coverage on all library components Python 3.x compatible Automatic installation via Python Package Index. Higher level control over the blink(1). Single implementation with pyusb, intended to be installed with admin access or virtualenv.” He’s also added features like gamma correction and white-point correction. Salim has been pushing his changes to the official ThingM blink1 github and we’re very proud to have it as part of the official blink(1) software set.  

blink(1)mk2 Windows System Bar Controller using .NET

Jay Collett used the .NET library created by Jean-Francois Talbot (also in the ThingM github) to build a nice & small system tray app that does exactly what he wants. Read about it here: http://www.jaycollett.com/2014/06/blink1-mk2-for-the-win/ Jay includes all the source code so you can see how it’s done and modify it to your own tastes. One of the downsides you might say of the Blink1Control app is it attempts to address the needs of many different use cases. If you want something very specific, building your own custom thing is the way to go. This is why we like Open Source so much: it let’s people customize their products to fit their lives.

blink(1) mk2 pre-orders open, shipping in June

We just opened pre-orders up for blink(1) mk2, our awesome USB RGB LED notification light.  We’re still fulfilling orders to our Kickstarter backers, but we expect to get all them out before June. Then we’ll start shipping pre-orders. So if you’d like to pre-order your blink(1) mk2, visit: http://buy.thingm.com/blink1 And if you want a blink(1) mk2 before then, join us at Maker Faire! We’ll have a few for sale there. It’s super small, about as big as your thumb, but bright enough to be seen across a room. The blink(1) mk2 has two independently-addressable RGB LEDs, so you can assign different events to different sides of the blink(1).

Maker Faire 2014: We’re going. Come visit. Get a blink(1)!

Once again ThingM will be at Maker Faire.  We’ll be in the Maker Shed, demoing our BlinkM family, as well as showing off what the new blink(1) mk2 can do.  So. many. LEDs. And we’ll be just one of many showing off LED projects. And for the first time outside of our Kickstarter, you’ll be able to get your own blink(1) mk2!  We have a limited quantity on hand for the Shed and they’ll be stocking them for us. (Any backers reading this, yours are shipping now, but come visit us at the Faire if you want more) Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 is May 17 & 18 at the San Mateo Event Center. It’s mind-blowing and fun.      

buildblink: nodejs build light using blink(1)

Brett sent us a message with this cool Node.js add-on called “buildblink“.  It’s a continuous integration build light so you can tell when your code builds break. Different colour patterns can be configured. Default configuration follows the patterns below: Patterns Green Successful build Flashing Green (temporarily) Newly successful build Police Lights (temporarily) Newly failed build Cycle Green / Yellow Building & previous build was green Cycle Red / Yellow Building & previous build was red Currently tested with one build, one light. It currently works with TeamCity but he plans on adding support for Jenkins and Travis CI. Check it out on npmjs.org.  

BlinkMs in “Playful Interactions in the Darkness” project by CuteCenter

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

Tod speaking at Caltech about Arduino, IoT, hackerspaces

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/      

Video of Mike’s panel at GigaOm Mobilize2013

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/  

blink(1) mk2 Manufacturing Updates

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 […]

Sketching in Hardware 2013

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 […]