Adding NeoPixels / WS2812 LEDs to blink(1)

[originally posted on todbot blog] You may not have known, but blink(1) USB notification LEDs have a secret: they can drive 16 extra LEDs in the form of “NeoPixel” WS2812 LEDs.  This is what was behind the “blink(16)” project. If you take apart a blink(1), you’ll see it has three tiny plated holes. These are the […]

blink(1) is OSHWA-certified Open Source Hardware!

We are very happy to announce that our blink(1) USB RGB LED is one of the first pieces of hardware to be part of the OSHWA Open Source Hardware Certification program.  The OSHWA UID for blink(1) is US000051. We believe in open hardware and strive to make blink(1) as open as possible. ThingM is also a supporting corporate […]

Neat German article on using blink(1) with Raspberry Pi

The website Electrkonik Kompendium has created a detailed set of articles on installing and using  blink(1) on a Raspberry Pi.  They go through compiling the tools, using them to play around, and then hooking blink(1) to display system services status or user login state via cron.  Even though it’s in German, it’s pretty readable via automatic translation. […]

Tod speaks at Hackaday Superconf about Blink1Control2

In November 2016, I (Tod) was fortunate enough to speak at the Hackaday Superconference. It was an incredible conference, one of the best I’ve been to.  For ThingM, I’ve mostly been working on software lately, getting Blink1Control2 to a usable state, so speaking at a hardware conference was a bit daunting.  But I do consider […]

Announcing Blink1Control2: public beta

In late 2015, we started looking to update our Blink1Control GUI application for blink(1). The app has some strange UI choices, acts oddly on certain systems, and is hard to maintain. We started again looking for a solution to the problem we’ve tried to solve twice before: how to create a single cross-platform application that […]

Learn Twitter Node API with “twitter-streaming-blink1”

Twitter has a great API for searching through tweets. But it can also be a bit daunting if you’ve never interfaced with APIs before. In the Node.js universe, there’s a great package called “twit” that makes it really easy to use the Twitter API. And what better way to show off your Twitter API knowledge […]

Our favorite (so-far) IFTTT recipes for blink(1)

The blink(1) IFTTT channel is full of fun and useful recipes to try out with blink(1). IFTTT has so many channels now that just about anything on the net can be turned into a blink(1) color. Here are some of our favorite IFTTT recipes:

Turn your office into a disco with blink(1)

Andrew’s primary workstation is Linux-based. And in his post he describes how he “turned my office into a disco with blink(1) and Weechat“. Weechat is an extensible chat client and has a “beep” function that you can extend to run any script, like say, one that triggers the blink1-tool commandline program. Really cool, Andrew!

Building a Virtual Assistant for Raspberry Pi w/ blink(1)

blink(1) customer and Raspberry Pi hacker Tanay Pant let us know that he is soon releasing a book called “Building a Virtual Assistant for Raspberry Pi”. You can read a bit of behind-the-scenes here. It looks like it will have bunch of interesting features, including the ability to control blink(1) notification lights. Think of it […]

blink(1) 20%-off Summer Fun Sale

Summer is here! Make your computer instantly cooler with a snazzy blink(1) USB notification light and get 20% off with coupon code “summerfun2016” on checkout from the ThingM store buy.thingm.com. Use IFTTT to make blink(1) flash when UPS packages arrive, or when a meeting is to start, or many other things. Hook blink(1) to your […]