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blink(1) is a small USB light to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet.
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20% off in December for a blinkmas with blink(1), new Blink1Control v1.94

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Hi everyone!

Thanks again for being blink(1) backers. Two announcements that you may be interested in:

  • 20% off blink(1)s in December 
  • New Blink1Control v1.94


20% off blink(1)s in December

For all of December, get 20% off of blink(1) USB notification lights and accessories! Use coupon code 20blinkmas2014 on

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New Blink1Control v1.94

We just released an update to Blink1Control, our Mac & Windows GUI controller for blink(1). It addresses several long-term issues that we've been fighting. If you use Blink1Control, please upgrade to v1.94. See more about it on this blog post. Or see the github releases page.

Blink1Control v1.94
Blink1Control v1.94

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Blink1Control updates and a PDF guide, more libraries & tools

We've fixed up Blink1Control a bit, especially with regards to IFTTT. There was an event timestamp issue that was affecting Windows users mostly.

The updated download links are:

For Windows users, there are some new features like:

  • .NET 4.0 minimum requirement instead of .NET 4.5
  • New "Start Minimized" menu option
  • Diagnostic logging to a log.txt file (will help us debug future issues)

Also, we created a small guide for setting up IFTTT and Blink1Control. It's a very quick walkthrough but should be enough to get you triggering blink(1) with IFTTT events.

Getting Started with Blink1Control and IFTTT (1.7M PDF)

Libraries & Tools Updates

There have also been a flurry of new ways of using blink(1)s.

Mac new mail to blink(1) -- timb shows how to use Applescript to connect & blink(1) to flash on new mail

Windows blink(1) status scripts -- YoYo-Pete's incredible collection of scripts for visualizing Outlook new mail, battery charge, HD activity, and CPU use with blink(1) 

And in libraries:

ManagedBlink1 -- a 100% .NET blink(1) library (thanks to Jean-Francois Talbot)

GoBlink -- a Go interface to blink(1) (thanks to Gary Boone)

Python examples -- using two different techniques, thanks to Aaron Blondeau & Stephen Youndt, more discussion here  

Also check out Joe Walnes' nifty "blink(1) + Google Latitude = 'Where’s Daddy?'" post about spending 25-minutes to whip up a presence indicator for his kids. 

Thanks everyone!

Blink1Control IFTTT connector for Windows


Thanks everyone for being patient about non-programmer documentation and applications.  We are working constantly towards making blink(1) as easy-to-use as possible. 

For Windows users we now have the Blink1Control application available to match the OS X version.    You can download it from the "Downloads" sidebar at or directly from here:

All future versions will live at that URL too, so as we make update we'll put them there. 

Like the OS X version, Blink1Control normally lives in your system tray quietly doing its thing. Right-click to see some status, or double-click to bring up its main window.  It also supports the Blink1Control URL API. Note that Blink1Control for Windows does require the .NET Framework 4.5, a free download from Microsoft. (We're looking into how to relax that constraint)

As we've been using blink(1) with IFTTT for a few weeks now, we've noticed our initial configuration UI in Blink1Control for connecting the two could use some work.  If you know a good HTML designer/programmer who understands MVC and is a fan of frameworks like Ember and Backbone, please have them contact us at blink1 at; we would love to hire them.

In other ways of connecting blink(1)s in Windows and other OSes, our GetSatisfaction forum has seen some neat community additions, like:

- a Python library :

- IFTTT & Raspberry Pi : 

- Continuous Integration Build Light :

And on the Net there's been a ton of fun things made.  Here's a sampling:

- Blinkenlights .NET extensions for blink(1) :

- Node.js library for blink(1) :

- blink(1) "ambient orb" :

- blink(1) morse code :

And as always, thank you all for supporting us!