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THINGM ANNOUNCES LINKM, AN EASY-TO-USE SMART LED PROGRAMMER, AT MAKER FAIRE 2008
SAN MATEO, May 3, 2008 — ThingM’s BlinkM smart LED, announced in February, was a big hit in the prototyping community. As the first affordable full-color LED solution for non-specialists, BlinkM makes it much easier for anyone tinkering with robots, museum installation, technology art, architectural lighting, data visualization and interactive device prototypes to quickly include programmable full-color light with a minimum of electronics knowledge. When used with ThingM’s Sequencer programming software, BlinkM’s bright RGB LEDs can glow arbitrary colors, smoothy fade between any two colors and blink in virtually any pattern.
Two weeks after its introduction, all BlinkMs were sold out around the world (but don’t worry, more will be on sale soon!).
Today at Maker Faire 2008, ThingM changes the prototyping field again with its announcement of the BlinkM LinkM. When used with ThingM’s updated Sequencer software, the LinkM USB 2.0 controller makes it much easier to program and control more than 100 different channels of BlinkM smart LEDs at once. Once programmed, the BlinkMs can work independently of the controller or stay connected to LinkM and change colors and patterns in nearly real time based on user input or information from the Internet. The power of BlinkM smart LEDs combined with the flexibility of the LinkM controller and straightforward Sequencer software creates a unique, extensible, and affordable prototyping system for experimenting with full-spectrum solid-state lighting.
BlinkM smart LEDs, priced “under $15” will be available through ThingM distributors in mid-May, 2008.
BlinkM LinkM and updated Sequencer software will be available by mid-July, 2008 with a suggested retail price of “around $20.”
For more information: blinkm.thingm.com
ThingM Corporation is a ubiquitous computing research and development studio focused on the fusion of common objects and high technology. Founded by Web pioneers Tod E. Kurt and Mike Kuniavsky in 2006, ThingM aims to revolutionize everyday life using high design coupled with the latest technology to reinvent everyday objects. They look at the trajectory of change in technologies and use those insights to see how those technologies will change the familiar objects of life. Then they try to build those objects.
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