PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING BLINKM MAXM, A HIGH INTENSITY SMART LED (COPY 1)

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THINGM ANNOUNCES MAXM, AN ULTRABRIGHT SMART LED, 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 to use 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, smoothly 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 responds to multiple user requests by announcing a high intensity version of the BlinkM, MaxM. Able to power over a hundred regular LEDs simultaneously or light the latest bright LEDs, the BlinkM MaxM uses MOSFET high current switches to drive high voltage LED arrays or very bright individual LEDs. It brings affordable, high intensity, full-color, programmable, solid-state light to small places, suitable for

 

The MaxM prototype installed at Maker Faire is driving an IKEA Dioder lighting unit containing 108 LEDs. Normally the Dioder is capable of displaying one of 7 colors at a time. With minimal modification to attach it to the BlinkM MaxM, the Dioder now displays any of millions of colors and fades smoothly between them, while putting out more than 100 times as much light as a single LED. It will be an effective prototyping solution for anyone tinkering with robots, museum installation, technology art, architectural lighting, data visualization, interactive device prototypes, automotive lighting or casemods.

 

BlinkM MaxM will be on sale by the end of July for “around $20,” and will take up about half a cubic inch and put out ten times as much light as a regular BlinkM.

 

For more information: blinkm.thingm.com

 

About ThingM

 

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.

 

About Maker Faire

 

Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. The event started in San Mateo, California in 2006 and expanded to Austin, Texas in 2007. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine and O’Reilly Media the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company’s books, conferences, and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators.

 

Media Contacts:

 

Mike Kuniavsky

ThingM Corp.

Direct: +1 415-235-3468

Email: mikek@thingm.com

 

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Posted in May 2008