Windows Media Center status light with blink(1) USB RGB LED

Pat at O’Brian Labs has created an awesome thing: Windows Media Center running on a Mac Mini w/ Windows 10 and using a PowerShell script to control a blink(1) USB LED. It’s wonderful. His post describes how he set it all up and includes the PowerShell script if you want to do something similar.

blink1-status-hub NodeJs HTTP REST API server

Russell Brown built upon our basic node-blink1-server and created a much richer HTTP API for our blink(1) USB LED called blink1-status-hub. It’s geared to help him work with long-running tasks on server VMs. If you need a cross-platform HTTP REST API for blink(1), give this one a try. It’s available now on npm.

Integrating blink(1) w/ Hspec Haskell Testing Framework

If you develop in Haskell, you probably use the hspec testing framework. Here’s a new package for adding blink(1) USB Status LED output to your hspec tests. The hspec-blink1 package is from Bob Long. He includes both the source and a small video of it working. Bob will also be demonstrating at a Meetup in […]

New blink(1) IFTTT channel soon

We love IFTTT (aka “If This Then That”). Our blink(1) USB LED was one of the first hardware devices that worked with IFTTT and we’re excited that IFTTT is helping us upgrade our IFTTT channel! This upgraded channel will initially work just the same, but with the added ability of allowing multiple blink(1)s to work […]

Ambient Wind Energy Indicator using Node-RED and blink(1) USB LED

Glyn Hudson created an ambient wind energy indicator using a emonPi environmental monitoring Raspberry Pi and blink(1) USB LED. Then on the software side, he used Node-RED and Emoncms to pull in real-time UK wind energy generation and map that data to colors on the blink(1). Glyn goes into detail on how to set everything […]

Nice overview of blink(1) USB LED on Sitepoint

Chris Ward wrote a good overview of our blink(1) USB LED over at SitePoint. It goes over our Blink1Control app as well as IFTTT integration and “hacking” the blink(1) via the HTTP REST API. If you’re new to blink(1), check it out!

blink(1) for Scratch!

This is really neat. Scratch is a free and open-source visual programming / learning environment. It’s somewhat targeted at kids but really it’s good for anyone new to programming concepts. It looks like Scratch supports several USB devices now, including blink(1). Check out this blog post for more info.

busStatus.js: blink(1) Node.js bus notification on RasPi

Niklas was recently “nerding out with a open api, raspberry pi, blink(1) and some node.js code” and created a cool example of using Stockholm bus tracking API to light up a blink(1) that lets him know when he should leave for the bus. And since it’s all running on a Raspberry Pi hanging on his […]

luablink: Lua library for blink(1)

Lua is a very interesting and efficient programming language that’s exceptionally cross-platform. Since our blink(1) notification light is also very cross-platform, we’ve always wanted native Lua functionality for it, but haven’t had to resources to do it. Fortunately, Matt Burke made a great Lua library for blink(1) and put it up on github. Thanks Matt!