blink(1) is a small USB light to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 13, 2012.
Shipping updates! Start hacking! Raspberry Pi, WiFi Routers, and more!
In this update:
- Shipping updates
- Time to start hacking
- Raspberry Pi with blink(1)
- WiFi Routers and blink(1)
- Linux & HIDRAW
- Mac & Windows apps and IFTTT
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.
Due to a miscommunication on our end about the shipping packaging requirements needed, our fulfillment house only started mailing out blink(1)s this Monday (Dec 3rd). They now report that they've mailed out over 2000 separate mailings, which is almost all of our backers.
The blink(1)s are being mailed out USPS First Class mail in double-padded mailers with insurance and delivery confirmation. Unfortunately, the fulfillment house's systems don't send an email for mass-delivery. I'm trying to get a CSV data dump of your order numbers and label/tracking numbers so I can write a script to send you that info.
For domestic orders, we expect everyone should have their blink(1)s by next week. For international orders, the week after that.
The blink(1) army is coming!
Time to start hacking
The official GitHub repository of all things blink(1) is located here:
There you will find example code and libraries for C/C++/Objective-C, Java, Processing, .NET, and command-line tools for use in scripting languages like Perl, PHP, Python, and shell. And check out the Github Wiki for info too:
If you want to try your hand at alternate enclosures, the Thingiverse entry with the 3d files for the enclosure are at:
If you make a cool hack with blink(1), let us know! While we work on the main blink(1) site, we would love to feature cool things you've done with blink(1).
Raspberry Pi with blink(1)
Some have asked if blink(1)s are ready-to-go with the Raspberry Pi. The command-line application "blink1-tool" compiles easily on Raspberry Pi (and we provide a pre-compiled version too). You can use it in your scripts like any other program.
Here's an example of a blink(1) on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi USB dongle. Instant wireless notification device!
This particular Pi + blink(1) setup is running a script to turn blink(1) purple whenever someone remotely logs into it. See a variant of that script here: whocount-to-blink1.pl
WiFi Routers and blink(1)
Many WiFi routers today (like the Asus RT-N16) have USB ports and many can run alternative and better firmware, like the wonderful TomatoUSB. The mini-Linuxes that make up these router firmwares are notoriously hard to compile for and have limited library support.
To make it easy for those devices to use blink(1), we've developed a minimal version of our command-line tool, called "blink1-mini-tool". In the coming days we'll be making pre-compiled binaries and IPKGs available so you can make your router more colorful.
Linux & HIDRAW
And if you're a Linux hacker who prefers the HIDRAW interface, we have a very tiny command-line tool that's useful in restricted environments like server installs. It's called "blink1raw", check it out here: blink1raw README. (thanks Frederick!)
Mac & Windows apps and IFTTT
We're still putting the final touches on the primary Blink1Control app for Mac & Windows. And we've been testing the new blink(1) channel at IFTTT.com that lets you easily trigger blink(1) based on network events. We expect to have them available in about a week.
In the meantime, we've compiled a set of fun Mac & Windows application toys for blink(1):
- Blink1ColorPicker - simple test to try out blink(1) and make it any color
- Blink1ColorOrgan - sound-reactive blink(1). Instant Disco!
- BlinkATweet -- spy on Twitter in realtime, flash blink(1) when a keyword match occurs
You can download these from the "builds" directory on github. And of course the source code is provided so you can see how it all works.
Thanks everyone and stay tuned for more cool apps!