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BlinkyTile is a system of LED lights on pentagonal tiles for creating dynamic light sculptures in any shape you can imagine!
BlinkyTile is a system of LED lights on pentagonal tiles for creating dynamic light sculptures in any shape you can imagine!
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BlinkyTile: Build Your Own Dynamic Light Sculptures

When we received our first BlinkyTile prototypes, we were carried away by the visceral experience of creating both shape and light at the same time. We've made a lot of cool projects since we created BlinkyTape last year, but this is without a doubt our favorite. 

Each BlinkyTile has one individually controllable, multi-color LED, and the solder pads form both the physical and electrical connections between the lights. They can be soldered together to form any shape you can imagine. Recreate example designs, like our dodecahedron lamp or ring light, or set out on your own to build something amazing and unique!

Each set of BlinkyTiles comes with a controller programmed with several special light animation modes to make your project look awesome. But it’s not a one-trick pony: this controller will also connect to pattern editor software that allows you to easily make your own animations in a simple drawing program. Our software will even let you create sound-reactive sculptures!

Features

  • Supports hundreds of individually-addressable tiles 
  • Single USB connector for power and control - just like BlinkyTape!
  • Make patterns easily with the graphical pattern editor!
  • Or program your own - powered by the same chips as Arduino™ boards
  • Open Source Hardware - for total control and infinite possibilities.
  • Did we mention ¡¡¡¡¡RGB LEDs!!!!! ????

Sample Projects

Dodecahedron Lamp

 Ring Light

Free-Form Sculpture

About the Rewards

 

Basic Pack

The basic includes everything you need to build the dodecahedron lamp or ring light: 14 tiles, the control board, and a USB cable for power. Just solder it together and power up, and you’re ready to go!

Use this pack to make one Dodecahedron or Ring Light:

Plus Pack

Got an idea for a bigger sculpture? The Plus Pack includes everything from the basic pack, plus 28 more tiles. 

Use this pack to make an excellent Free-Form Sculpture!

Explorer's Pack

If even that expanded set of possibilities isn't enough, you might be interested in the Explorer's Pack. Only for the boldest digital creators, you can use this selection to turn your wildest light-sculpture visions into reality. It includes 126 tiles, and everything else you might need, including control boards and USB cables.

With this pack, the only limit is your imagination!!!

Risks and challenges

Managing a project of this size can be a challenge. We've applying everything we learned during the BlinkyTape Kickstarter to the BlinkyTile, and have brought in expert collaborators to help where we found deficiencies. We've designed the BlinkyTile from the beginning with manufacturability in mind.

The key areas of focus are:

Design: We've been rapidly iterating on designs over the past few months, starting with BlinkyTile's first appearance in Hong Kong and continuing to the big debut at the World Maker Faire in New York.

Manufacturing: We're producing the BlinkyTile with a manufacturer that we've been working closely with for the past year. We've already produced an Engineering Pilot (EP) run.

Fulfillment: Now that we've shipped thousands of BlinkyTapes to all corners of the world, we've had a chance to prove out a number of different shipping and fulfillment strategies. We've learned some hilarious things. For example: the German post office won't deliver packages if you don't address it to a proper name!

Support: Every Blinkinlabs product comes with full support, including instruction documentation and a community support forum. And we answer email!

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    BLINKYTILE BASIC PACK - FIRST DIBS: The best price on the basic kit. This package includes 14 LED tiles, a control board, and a USB cable. Everything you need to build your own dodecahedron, ring light...or whatever else you imagine.

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    BLINKYTILE BASIC PACK: This package includes 14 LED tiles, a control board, and a USB cable. Everything you need to build your own dodecahedron, ring light...or whatever else you imagine.

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    BLINKYTILE PLUS PACK - TIME TRAVELER SPECIAL: Drop in for best price on this add-on kit. It includes 42 light tiles, plus a control board and USB cable, allowing for the creation of even more amazing custom light sculptures.

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    BLINKYTILE PLUS PACK: This larger kit includes 42 light tiles, plus a control board and USB cable, allowing for the creation of even more amazing custom light sculptures.

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    EXPLORER'S PACK - INTREPID ADOPTERS: The best way to get your hands on our largest selection of tiles. This package includes 126 individually-addressable LED tiles, plus all the control boards and cables you need for those ideas that need to be expressed on a grand scale.

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    EXPLORER'S PACK: When only our largest selection of tiles will do. This package includes 126 individually-addressable LED tiles, plus all the control boards and cables for those ideas that need to be expressed on a grand scale.

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    CRYSTAL CAVE: We'll create a massive custom installation for your lounge, den, bar, office, man-cave, fortress of solitude or bedroom.

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