Happy Holidays! 15% off blink(1) USB lights at Amazon & buy.thingm.com

Happy Holidays from ThingM! To celebrate, we have 15%-off blink(1) USB LED lights on both our Amazon.com blink(1) page and our buy.thingm.com/blink1 site, from 14 Dec to 31 Dec.  No coupon needed, just put the item in your cart to get the discount. Make the world a blinkier place!

Tiny Titan “supercomputer” uses blink(1) USB LEDs

This is so neat! A few years ago, the Oak Ridge National Lab created “Tiny Titan“, a demonstration of how supercomptuers work using a cluster of Raspberry Pis. It’s a scaled down model of the Titan supercomputer. To visualize what each note of the cluster is doing, blink(1) USB LEDs are plugged into each Raspberry […]

Using the blink(1) mk2 LED strip adapter

Now you can more easily add “Neopixel” WS2812 LED strips to your blink(1) mk2 with the “blink1 LED strip adapter”. This is a simple PCB that breaks out the tiny 3-pin socket on the blink(1) board to a standard 0.1″ spacing for LED strips. The design is completely open source and you can get your own […]

Blink1Control2 v2.0.4 released

Blink1Control2 v2.0.4 has been released and it fixes several issues.  Please update to take advantage of the fixes.  Blink1Control2 is the official desktop application for controlling blink(1) USB LEDs and connecting them to the Internet. You can find builds for Windows 64-bit and 32-bit Mac OS X Linux x86 64-bit If you are unfamiliar with […]

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 […]