Each blink(1) mk2 comes with a 5ft USB extension cable so you can put notifications where you want them. blink(1) comes with a complete GUI application called Blink1Control that hooks in with IFTTT. And blink(1) is entirely open source.
For a limited time, we are also stocking the cool gooseneck USB extension cable that we shipped to our Kickstarter backers. Unlike normal cables, this one stays in the shape you bend it. It’s a lot of fun.
Node-RED is an interesting visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. It runs in Node.js and looks to have incredible potential. blink(1) user dceejay wrote a Node-RED package for blink(1) called node-red-node-blink1.
As he says, it:
“Sends the msg.payload to a Thingm Blink(1) LED device. The payload can be any of the following:
a three part csv string of r,g,b – e.g. red is 255,0,0
Salim Fadhley has taken on the job of rewriting the basic Python blink(1) library we provided and making it so much more awesome. You can get it here: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/blink1
As he says: “This is a rewrite of ThingM’s original Python library. It includes the following modifications:
100% test coverage on all library components
Python 3.x compatible
Automatic installation via Python Package Index.
Higher level control over the blink(1).
Single implementation with pyusb, intended to be installed with admin access or virtualenv.”
He’s also added features like gamma correction and white-point correction. Salim has been pushing his changes to the official ThingM blink1 github and we’re very proud to have it as part of the official blink(1) software set.
Jay includes all the source code so you can see how it’s done and modify it to your own tastes.
One of the downsides you might say of the Blink1Control app is it attempts to address the needs of many different use cases. If you want something very specific, building your own custom thing is the way to go. This is why we like Open Source so much: it let’s people customize their products to fit their lives.
We just opened pre-orders up for blink(1) mk2, our awesome USB RGB LED notification light. We’re still fulfilling orders to our Kickstarter backers, but we expect to get all them out before June. Then we’ll start shipping pre-orders.
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.
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.”