Swedish overclocker and blink(1) Kickstarter supporter Magnus wasted no time and hacked his blink(1) into the form factor of the classic Ambient Orb using hot glue and an inexpensive (10 SEK, or $1.50) blinky plastic orb.
It looks great! Thanks, Magnus.
And apologies to our Swedish friends, but when we heard “Sweden” and “Orb” used together, you know what we thought of first:
Exciting! Thanks to Ben, Keri, Preston, Ann, Abe, and Carlyn, we had a few more epic blink(1) assembly parties and have shipped a total of 4800 blink(1)s to our fulfillment house. The most recent blink(1) update will review:
It’s been a busy two weeks since our last update. The most important news to report is: we’re shipping!
On Monday, we shipped 1200 blink(1)s to our fulfillment house, Fulfillrite. The wonderful people there should receive it early next week and start shipping them out to you shortly after that. They are based in New Jersey so don’t be alarmed that it’s not coming from California. We will try to ship in the order that people backed.
We have received production-level samples of all components: the electronics, the enclosure pieces, and the packaging. They look great and we’re almost there! We have been encountered a few frustrating (but not unexpected) delays.
Ever heard of the Mooncake Festival? It’s a pretty big holiday around China, with everyone taking at least a week off. It looks really fun, and mooncakes are delicious. We knew we were going to run into this holiday and have it affect our schedule, but I’d hoped we’d have most of the production done before it occurred. We didn’t quite make it, so we lost about a week from it.
Hi everyone! We’ve been working steadily towards creating the 6000 blink(1)s. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Chip programming is how we start manufacturing for our other products, so we figured it would be a good way to do it for blink(1) too. This does mean that firmware has to be done and tested at the very start of the manufacturing run. Oh, if we could only wait to the last minute! The firmware was finalized over a week ago and sent off to our programming house. They are laser-engraved at the programming house with “BLINK1” to let us know they’ve been programmed and to let you know you have a real blink(1)!
We’ve also been working with a packaging manufacturer to make a unique white box with magnetic clasp to hold blink(1). We’ve had two samples created so far and are working on a third. Once we get some nicer pics we’ll post them in an update. We plan on the packaging will be nice enough that you’d be happy giving a blink(1) as a gift.
For those of you who want different light output pattern than what the stock enclosure provides, we will be providing alternate enclosures on Shapeways and Thingiverse. If you’ve worked with BlinkMs, you know the LEDs we use can be painfully bright. We’ve been tuning the enclosure so the light from blink(1) isn’t blinding but a soothing glow. But we also want to give the option of experiencing the fun of raw LED light. So we’ve made the case top removable for your own experiments. For instance, here’s two blink(1) prototypes, one with a 3d-printed prototype enclosure, another topless but a glue gun stick used as a light pipe. LEDs are fun!
Hardware Innovation Workshop talk:
If you’d like to hear some behind-the-scenes backstory of blink(1), in May Tod Kurt spoke at Make Magazine’s Hardware Innovation Workshop. In his talk he describes how fast products can be developed using Open Source tools and built with Open Source components.