Full speed ahead!
Hi blinky friends!
This has been a really exciting week, and thanks to you we're now over 200% funded! That means we'll be able to dedicate even more resources to improving the design, documentation and software tools. We've had some great coverage of the campaign at BoingBoing, the Make: Blog, and Hackaday, however we'd appreciate any help getting the word out!
Here's whats been happening in the past week.
Last week, Matt co-taught an intro to physical computing workshop using the BlinkyTile prototype, and we got some great feedback on how to improve the design and especially the documentation before production. It's always interesting to see what people make with the tiles; one group put together an electronic bunny!
Next up, we took a brief interlude from the BlinkyTile campaign to head to Dlectricity festival in Detroit. Using a larger control system similar to the BlinkyTape, we built a dynamic LED hairpiece for the Spirit of Dance Mardi Gras puppet. It was great fun and an honor to work with the talented artists behind the Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Mardi Gras production.
Meanwhile back in Hong Kong, Sam has been designing a new revision of the BlinkyTile Panel, based on testing and feedback we received at Maker Faire and the weeks since. The main improvements are to make the tiles easier to remove from the sheet by adding spacing around them, and to make them break off more cleanly so that you can just snap them off and use them.
Finally, Matt is heading up to Boston tonight to take part in the MIT Mini Maker Faire. Stop by our booth on Saturday to check out the BlinkyTile in person, and to help us build a new LED light sculpture!
Thanks again for all your support and for making the BlinkyTile possible. We'll be back soon with more news!