ThingM’s blink(1) USB notification light is now on Amazon US! We are super excited about this and are honored to be part of the brand new Amazon service called Amazon Launchpad. Launchpad is a curated site for cool crowdfunded products, much like other curated product sites you might be familiar with. But this one is backed by Amazon’s awesome fulfillment infrastructure. We’re still getting our blink(1) page set up and stock sent to their warehouses, but we’re in the system and Amazon is taking orders and gauging demand.
Last week I picked up a blink(1) at a conference, and had a lot of fun with it. It’s a pretty simple little device that can conjure up any color that can be described via RGB. Naturally, I decided to hook it up to IBM Watson’s Tone Analyzer in order to visualize the sentiment of my Slack channel in real time. […]
Watson gives us values of 0 – 1 for the following nine sub-categories from the following three categories:
Emotional Tone: cheerfulness, negative, and anger
Writing Tone: analytical, confident, and tentative
Social Tone: openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness
We love Node.js. In many ways it’s the future. For those of you who also like Node and want a simple example of how to use node-blink1 or just need an HTTP-to-blink(1) adapter without running Blink1Control, here’s node-blink1-server. It’s the first of many Node projects we’ll be creating.
And if you want to explore more of Node with blink(1), here are a few more examples:
node-red-node-blink1 – Node-RED node to control a blink(1)
In the US, 7 Sept this year is Labor Day. And to celebrate, we are offering a 15% off coupon code “MKBDAY2015”. From now until Labor Day, get 15% off from our buy.thingm.com/blink1 store. Get a blink(1) if you don’t have one or get another!
Zack made Myo 2 Blink, an interesting Octoblu example using a Myo gesture armband to change the color of a blink(1) notification light depending on hand gestures. (If you’ve not heard of Octoblu before, check it out. If you have heterogeneous IoT or other devices talking to each other, you may need it. It’s a visual tool for describing how data should flow, connect, or be transformed and analyzed) To make it work, Zack created a small iOS app that talks to the Myo band via Bluetooth and publishes blink(1) color changes to the Octoblu Web API over the cellular network. It’s pretty slick for a simple demo.
Recently folks at TheAppsLaborganized a scavenger hunt game for the KScope15 conference. In their write-up, they described the Internet-of-Things style devices they built to track people’s game progress. These devices were battery-powered, WiFi-enabled Raspberry Pis with NFC readers and blink(1)s, and probably cost less than $150 each. Amazing!
The Smart Scanner was a great way to showcase IoT. We used the beloved Raspberry Pis to host an NFC reader. We used the awesome blink(1) USB LED light to indicate whether the scan was successful or not. We also added a Mini USB Wi-Fi dongle and a high capacity battery to assure complete freedom from wires.
The Scavenger Hunt was quite a comprehensive system for people to win points in various ways, and keep track of events, points and a leaderboard. And of course, we had one Internet of Things (IoT) component that people could search for and tap to win points.
And here is the build, with powerful battery connected to it, complete with anti-theft feature, which is double-sided duct tape :) All together, it is a stand-alone, self-contained, and definitely mobile, computer.
Isn’t it cool? I overheard on multiple occasions people say it was the coolest thing at the conference.
Do you love playing games on Steam? We sure do. Awhile back, Justin emailed us saying he whipped up a handy Steam buddy indicator using the one of the Python blink(1) libraries and the Steam Web API. In just a few lines of code, his buddy indicator visually cycles through the online state of select Steam buddies.
Catch a video demo of it below. And the code to try out yourself is right here: blink(1)-steam.zip.