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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.

 

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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.

 

BlinkM MinMs in SF 49ers Craft Bracelet

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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 create a true yellow. We were able to get around it by covering the LED with yellow felt, as you can see from the video.”

prepping the minms

programming the minms

making the bracelet

making the bracelet

the finished bracelet

the almost finished bracelet

Happy Holidays from ThingM

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We recently received a photo of sample BlinkMs made from a new manufacturer. They look pretty good. Yay!

Intro to the Arduino Entrepreneurial Ecosystem slides & audio

The theme for the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum’s November event was “The Internet of Things, Arduinos and the ‘Maker Entrepreneur’“.

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Tod’s talk “Intro to the Arduino Entrepreneurial System” touched on all these topics. The entire event was a blast, including a wonderful talk about commercial making with open source by Quinn of QtechKnow.

Slides with notes and MP3 audio of the entire event are below.

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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.

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For more information, see:
- http://cutecenter.nus.edu.sg/
- http://www.nimesha.info/

Original video from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAZRagPvK6c

Our CloudFridge project in Make magazine

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 its age a bit (today the Arduino Yun would be a great alternative to what we used), but the techniques are still very valid. Thanks to the Make magazine staff for helping update the article in the light of the Pachube->Xively transition.  And check out this awesome cute title graphic they made for the article.

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Tod speaking at Caltech about Arduino, IoT, hackerspaces

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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/

 

Mike speaking at GigaOm, interviewed by Scoble

 

 

 

 

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On 16 October, Mike will be on an IOT Guru Panel with the CEO of Dragon Innovation, CEO of Bug Labs, and  CEO of Libelium.  They’ll be discussing how they expect the IoT to evolve over the next few years and which vertical markets will see the greatest impact.

Also, back in July, Robert Scoble with his Google Glass interviewed Mike at PARC.  Be sure to check out the video:

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