|Item model number||BLINK1MK2|
|Item Weight||4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4 x 4 x 2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||4 x 4 x 2 inches|
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ThingM blink(1) USB RGB LED BLINK1MK2
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blink(1) is a small USB light to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet. blink(1) makes it easy to connect data sources in the cloud or on your computer to a full-color RGB LED so you can know what’s happening without checking any windows, going to any websites or typing any command. Connect blink(1) to IFTTT, your mail, URLs or your favorite scripts.
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Use our GUI, go commandline, or DIY
Our Blink1Control app for Mac & Windows is an easy way to get started with blink(1). If you're an server admin or power user, try our blink1-tool commandline tool for Linux, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, Mac & Windows. And if you're a developer, try our SDKs in C, Java, NodeJS, Python, REST, etc, even the Linux kernel supports blink(1).
IFTTT is an amazing free service that connects blink(1) to a world of services like Pinterest, ESPN, Facebook, Instagram, and more. If you want to go beyond IFTTT, blink(1) is entirely open source hardware and has a strong community of developers. We were originally funded by thousands of wonderful Kickstarter backers.
Describe your product in 3 words.
USB notification light
Where did you get the inspiration for your product?
ThingM has been making innovative RGB LED prototyping tools since 2007. The blink(1) brings the fun and utility of dynamic light to everyone.
What differentiates your product from similar products out there?
blink(1) is fully open source but unlike most open source toolkits, we try to make a device easy enough for regular folk to use.
Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.
While we have been building Arduino-compatible devices for many years, blink(1) was our first real exposure to the complexities of retail enclosures, packaging, and logistics.
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Unfortunately, mine malfunctioned; it suddenly started flickering through several colors, and when I unplugged it from USB and plugged it back in, it came on in a state where one side was full-white all the time, and the other side could be controlled. After fiddling with it a bit more (and trying it on multiple computers), I unfortunately found it in a state where it just flickers through colors wildly. I expect an electrical short?
That having been said, I'm ordering another one because when it worked, it worked great. For the price point, maybe order two just in case one goes faulty on you.
that time was spent googling). I used a combination of four pieces of free software as follows:
1. AutoIt: A freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting.
2. OutlookEX User Defined Functions (UDF): A user-contributed library that allows AutoIt scripts to communicate with MS Outlook.
3. OutlookEX UDF Example Script for New Mail Event (_OL_Example_NewMail_Event): An example script that uses OutlookEX UDF that activates when a new email arrives in Outlook.
4. Blink1Control v1.93: Blink(1)'s command line tool 'blink1-tool'.
I know all of that looks complicated but I simply installed AutoIt and OutlookEX UDF (I have no idea how they work) then I simply added two lines to the _OL_Example_NewMail_Event script; one line runs blink1-tool to turn the LED on when the new mail arrives, and the other line runs blink1-tool to turn the LED off when you acknowledge the message. See the two 'Run' lines below:
Local $oOL_Item = $oOApp.Session.GetItemFromID($sOL_EntryId, Default)
Run('"c:\Users\<user>\Downloads\Blink(1)\blink1-tool.exe" --rgb 255,153,0')
MsgBox(64, "OutlookEX UDF Example Script", "New mail has arrived!" & @CRLF & @CRLF & _
"From: " & $oOL_Item.SenderName & @CRLF & _
"Subject: " & $oOL_Item.Subject)
Simple as that. Works like a charm.
I'll be buying more of these, they're slick.
I hate "the internet of (not-quite-your) things" that is the new normal.
this, on the other hand, is a polite thing.
If you just want an LED to control from your phone, this might be overkill. But in the right hands, this will quickly become a trusted tool.