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EcoTarium + ThingM Seedits!

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor science and nature museum in Worcester MA. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium has a digital planetarium, observatory, narrow gauge railroad wildlife trails and engaging science, nature and technology exhibits. The EcoTarium offers visitors a chance to get hands-on with family friendly exhibits.  The goal of using the ThingM Seedkit is to use programmable LEDs in a museum setting. First Project:  Paper Theater What we did:  To test the idea of a paper or model theater, we used the reproduction book ”Children’s Theater”, a pop-up book with four theater scenes published in Germany in 1878. It provided an easy start for experimenting with MinMs as set lighting. What they learned:  Our kids for […]

blink(1) door-mounted “busy” light

Matthew Brooks made a neat “busy” indicator for his office door. See his post on Google+ for more info. Matthew also made Linux gmail notifier and CPU load display scripts available in the “contrib” area of the blink(1) github.

blink(1) Update: Control IFTTT connector for Windows

Thank you for your patience as we developed the non-programmer documentation and applications!  We are working constantly towards making blink(1) as easy-to-use as possible. For Windows users we now have the Blink1Control application available to match the OS X version. Please visit our full Kickstarter post for more information and downloads: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/386780?ref=email&show_token=98ba1abb470fd882

A blink(1) “Ambient Orb”

Swedish overclocker and blink(1) Kickstarter supporter Magnus wasted no time and hacked his blink(1) into the form factor of the classic Ambient Orb using hot glue and an inexpensive (10 SEK, or $1.50) blinky plastic orb. It looks great! Thanks, Magnus. And apologies to our Swedish friends, but when we heard “Sweden” and “Orb” used together, you know what we thought of first: ;-)

blink(1): Blog Review!

Fun with Blink(1) and Claims: Unboxing and Identity Providers’ Synesthesia To read the full post please click here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbertocci/archive/2012/12/09/fun-with-blink-1-and-claims-unboxing-and-identity-providers-synesthesia.aspx

blink(1) Update: Start hacking!

Exciting! Thanks to Ben, Keri, Preston, Ann, Abe, and Carlyn, we had a few more epic blink(1) assembly parties and have shipped a total of 4800 blink(1)s to our fulfillment house.  The most recent blink(1) update will review: Shipping updates Time to start hacking Raspberry Pi with blink(1) WiFi Routers and blink(1) Linux & HIDRAW Mac & Windows apps and IFTTT For the full post and more photos please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/363432?ref=email&show_token=0e0ad1a8c907e7f1

blink(1) Update: We’re Shipping!

It’s been a busy two weeks since our last update.  The most important news to report is: we’re shipping! On Monday, we shipped 1200 blink(1)s to our fulfillment house, Fulfillrite.  The wonderful people there should receive it early next week and start shipping them out to you shortly after that.  They are based in New Jersey so don’t be alarmed that it’s not coming from California.  We will try to ship in the order that people backed. Next Monday we will ship out at least an additional 1200 blink(1) units. Why aren’t we shipping all of them at once?  Read all the nitty gritty details in our full Kickstarter post here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/354223?ref=email&show_token=6c2617d2a1b6ae00

blink(1) Update: Production Samples!

We have received production-level samples of all components: the electronics, the enclosure pieces, and the packaging.  They look great and we’re almost there!  We have been encountered a few frustrating (but not unexpected) delays. To read the full update about our production process and how this affects the ship date please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/334543?ref=email

blink(1) Update: Happy Mooncake Festival!

Hi everyone! Ever heard of the Mooncake Festival?  It’s a pretty big holiday around China, with everyone taking at least a week off. It looks really fun, and mooncakes are delicious.  We knew we were going to run into this holiday and have it affect our schedule, but I’d hoped we’d have most of the production done before it occurred.  We didn’t quite make it, so we lost about a week from it. For more details about the electronics, enclosure, packaging, and applications please just click here!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/328132?ref=email&show_token=d4b889a6ba9a602e

blink(1) October Kickstarter Update!

The ThingM team has had their hands full with developing the hardware and applications for blink(1).  This is the first update in four weeks and will be a big one! Here’s what we’ve been doing: Shipping projections Electronics part changes Enclosure manufacturing Application design IFTTT integration Data collection for shipping Pre-orders for those who missed the Kickstarter For full details please visit our kickstarter post page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led/posts/319111