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.
The Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (http://www.gaffta.org/) had a workshop for teachers of middle school students. They created a nice gender-neutral bracelet for sports fans using BlinkM MinMs (http://minm.thingm.com/) As Grace says: “The workshop went well. I had two teachers as my students, one who teaches middle school and one who writes curriculum for a children’s camp. They were both very interested in the MinMs and their potential to be used in teaching. One issue that came up was that one of the teachers was trying to come up with a gender neutral design and decided to make a 49ers wristband and wanted the LED to flash red, then yellow. However, we realized that there was no way to […]
We recently received a photo of sample BlinkMs made from a new manufacturer. They look pretty good. Yay!
Go grab the latest issue of Make Magazine! In addition to it having a wonderful run down of many of the different types of Arduino or Arduino-like boards out there, it also includes a project Mike & Tod created: CloudFridge. CloudFridge makes your fridge door Internet-connected, creating a real-time graph of when and how long the door is open. Applications of this data could range from a simple fridge energy monitor to diet planning. But mostly it’s a demonstration of just how quickly one can go from idea to working implementation with tools such as Arduino, BlinkM, and Xively: we went from idea to working implementation in an afternoon. We originally created this article over a year ago and its showing […]
Instructable user yodacraft3 made a great guide on how to build an “Arduino Mood Lamp Using BlinkM”. You’re shown how to set up a BlinkM and then the much brighter BlinkM MaxM, using either an Arduino or LinkM. Check it out! (And thanks @DIYEngineering for bringing it to our attention!)
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 […]
They said it couldn’t be done: a robot that only does high-fives. They were wrong. Thanks to a courageous BlinkM MinM who donated his brain to be rewritten with an BlinkMuino ATtiny85 Arduino sketch, the High-Five Robot exists.
I finally got around to updating the BlinkMuino guide for turning your BlinkM, BlinkM MinM, or BlinkM MaxM into a tiny ATtiny85 or ATtiny84 Arduino system. BlinkM boards make great tiny development boards, especially if you’re interested in driving LEDs. BlinkM MaxMs are particularly great because they have more inputs and those three beefy MOSFET power transistors. And MinMs are good because they’re super tiny, but still contain a fully-programmable computer. Thankfully, the ArduinoISP sketch has also been updated for Arduino-1.0, meaning you can use your Arduino as an AVR-ISP programmer, like this: Here’s the original video I made about BlinkMuino: We’ll be showing off some examples of BlinkMs programmed with Arduino at Maker Faire, some say “hi”!
Twitter user Yoshimune KITTA made two cool BlinkM hacks, complete with pictures and code. It’s really cool to see how small the code can be, thanks to powerful libraries. The first is a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE)-controlled BlinkM. Control BlinkM from your iPhone! The code gist: BLE Shield + BlinkM gist The second is an Xbee-controlled BlinkM. The code gist: XbeeBlinkM Thanks @epic_yoshimax!
Thingiverse user GearsOfWow made this really neat 3d-printed LED ornament as a gift for his wife. It contains a BlinkM MinM with a CR123-sized 3V battery. The entire project is just 50mm square, and most of that is because of the battery. For more details about it, check out the Thingiverse page about it.