blink(1) in Amazon US!

ThingM’s blink(1) USB notification light is now on Amazon US!  We are super excited about this and are honored to be part of the brand new Amazon service called Amazon Launchpad.  Launchpad is a curated  site for cool crowdfunded products, much like other curated product sites you might be familiar with. But this one is backed […]

Spooky BlinkM projects by John Park

For Halloween, John Park made some wonderful flickery props using a BlinkM, a BlinkM MaxM, 3d printed parts, and LEGO. Check them out on Twitter and below. Thanks JP! Skull-8 by Thingiverse user Mageli . I printed it and placed it on a glass jar containing a ThingM BlinkM @todbot — John Edgar Park […]

Ambient sentiment: IBM Watson language analysis, Slack, & blink(1) USB LEDs

Jonathan Kaufman hooked up IBM Watson’s language tone analysis API to our blink(1) USB LED light to summarize the emotional state of his Slack channel as a color. And all using node-blink1. It’s very cool.  As he writes: Last week I picked up a blink(1) at a conference, and had a lot of fun with it. It’s […]

node-blink1-server for HTTP-to-blink1 fun

We love Node.js.  In many ways it’s the future. For those of you who also like Node and want a simple example of how to use node-blink1 or just need an HTTP-to-blink(1) adapter without running Blink1Control, here’s node-blink1-server. It’s the first of many Node projects we’ll be creating. And if you want to explore more […]

Continuous IoT Software Releases (w/ blink(1)!)

ElectricFlow is a tool designed to orchestrate large-scale software delivery.  This is an increasingly notorious problem for everyone in the IoT space.  To demonstrate how ElectricFlow could work for automotive software delivery, ElectricCloud made a simulation using a Raspberry Pi and a few blink(1) lights. This is a great example of how blink(1)s can be […]

Polar Heart Rate Monitor and blink(1) w/ Octoblu

Cody Matthieu wrote up a neat HOWTO on hooking up a Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) Polar Heart Rate monitor to a blink(1) notification light with the  Octoblu  device integration framework.  (and doing testing with the very good LightBlue Explorer app from Punch Through) It’s a really neat idea and yet another interesting case of assuming we always have a BLE-to-Internet […]

ThingM joins OSHWA as supporting member

The Open Source Hardware Association  works to help define what it means  to be “Open Hardware”, as well as foster a community, help creators navigate licensing models, and promote consistent terminology for Open Hardware projects.  Their recent 2015 Open Hardware Summit was a resounding success. ThingM believes in OSHWA’s mission and we recently became supporting members.  Thank […]

Blink1Control v1.98 released: mail updates, wake/sleep fixes

We’ve just released a v1.98 update to Blink1Control.  It includes fixes for: Upgraded underlying code framework to Qt5.5 which should address issues #246, #242, #220 and make app work better on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Fixed font rendering problem on certain highDPI Windows systems, issue #237 Implemented sleep/wake detection to turn off & disable […]

Take a 15% load off blink(1) for Labor Day

In the US, 7 Sept this year is Labor Day. And to celebrate, we are offering a 15% off coupon code “MKBDAY2015”. From now until Labor Day, get 15% off from our store.  Get a blink(1) if you don’t have one or get another!

Control blink(1) with the flick of your wrist

Zack made Myo 2 Blink, an interesting Octoblu example using a Myo gesture armband to change the color of a blink(1) notification light depending on hand gestures.  (If you’ve not heard of Octoblu before, check it out. If you have heterogeneous IoT or other devices talking to each other, you may need it.  It’s a visual tool […]