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 […]
On the Raspberry Pi forums, Will is working on an Internet-connected catflap using blink(1), Raspberry Pi, Twine. The Twine is the sensor (it has a tilt-detection) and the Raspberry Pi + blink(1) are the output notification. Can’t wait to see the final installation! Here’s a video he made demonstrating the general idea.
ThingM will be at Maker Faire Bay Area again, come visit us! We’ll be showing off blink(1) USB LED notifier, the entire BlinkM Smart LED family, including the wearable BlinkM MinM and the powerful BlinkM MaxM. We’ll be demonstrating cool uses of BlinkMs as part of home lighting, art installations, and using them with Arduinos & Raspberry Pis. You can even make a BlinkM into a tiny Arduino by itself. Additionally, Mike will be giving a presentation on How Design will Reinvent Manufacturing and Tod ll be giving a presentation on how to turn an idea from Arduino sketch to a retail product, using blink(1) as an example. Maker Faires are a huge amount of fun, packed with exciting things […]
I’ve yet to put together a proper intro / getting started video for blink(1). Here’s a minor edit of our Kickstarter video that gives the rundown of the basic idea of blink(1) and how one would use it. To learn more about blink1, check out: http://blink1.thingm.com/. And here’s a 20-second short version of the same thing: One thing that’s pretty obvious in this video is we hadn’t settled on the final design yet, except that we wanted the light to come out the sides instead of on the top/bottom faces.