THINGM NEWSLETTER, FEBRUARY 28, 2011

* ThingM February Newsletter 2011! *

 

CONTENTS

 

– CtrlM and FreeM Demo Video

 

– BlinkM Battery Pack (How To)

 

– LinkM Printable 3D Enclosure

 

– Near Field Communication (NFC)

 

– Drumbeat Science Fair

 

– Awesome projects on our blog

 

– Submit ThingM Projects!

 

– Unsubscribe

 

 

 

CTRLM AND FREEM DEMO VIDEO

 

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ThingM’s newest products – FreeM and CtrlM – let you create wireless

BlinkM circuits.

 

FreeM is an IR receiver and 9V adapter for BlinkM-family Smart LEDs.

FreeM works with any universal remote via Sony-style TV commands. It

also works with CtrlM.

 

CtrlM is an I2C IR transmitter. CtrlM can be used with the LinkM

USB-to-I2C adpater, Arduino, or any other I2C controller that can use

a BlinkM. It appears as a BlinkM to BlinkM-aware applications such as

BlinkMSequencer2.

 

Please visit our recently posted demo video that shows examples of

what a FreeM and CtrlM can do!

www.youtube.com/watch

 

BLINKM BATTERY PACK

 

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BlinkMs are perfect for portable, stand-alone projects! With a

variety of ways to hook a BlinkM to battery sources, you can now add a

long-lasting rechargeable battery pack for BlinkM, BlinkM MinM or

BlinkM MaxM using just pliers! no soldering necessary!

 

todbot.com/blog/2011/02/25/blinkm-battery-pack-howto/

 

LINKM PRINTABLE 3D ENCLOSURE

 

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New enclosure available for ThingM LinMs, our USB-to-I2C adapter! If

you have access to a 3D printer like a Makerbot or RepRep try this

alternate 3D printable enclosure. All the design files are available

on Thingiverse, and can be repurposed to fit other USB as well.

 

www.thingiverse.com/thing:6523

 

 

 

NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION

 

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NFC (Near Field Communication) is a new feature on the Google Nexus S

phone and perhaps Apple’s new iPhone. NFC is based on RFID and

potentially allows for digital payments, secure bidirectional

communication, and “smart” locations that feed data directly to your

phone. Tod will be teaching a NFC workshop in April – exploring fun

hacks you can do on a Nexus S. Please visit the link below for more

details:

 

where2conf.com/where2011/public/schedule/detail/18443

 

 

 

DRUMBEAT SCIENCE FAIR

 

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Tod will also be representing Arduino at the Drumbeat Science Fair in

Long Beach! Arduino projects with ThingM BlinkMs will be on display

on Thursday March 3rd from 7 – 9 p.m. Please visit the link below for

more details!

 

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Drumbeat/DML_science_fair

 

 

 

AWESOME PROJECTS ON OUR BLOG

 

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We have some wonderful BlinkM projects posted to our ThingM blog this month!

 

Energy Mementos by James Pierce, a current student from Carnegie

Mellon. James creates small objects that collect small amounts of

electrical energy, stores the energy, and records the energy metadata.

Please visit his blog post for photos, video, and details!

 

blog.thingm.com/2011/02/thingm-project-feature-energy-mementos/

 

Miscommunication/Disconnect is a cerebral and experimental project by

Art Center duo Sarah Needham and Jeremy Eichenbaum. They create a

fictional tale to explore how ThingMs BlinkMs can communicate through

pulsing lights and color. Please visit their blog post to discover

more!

 

blog.thingm.com/2011/02/thingm-project-feature-miscommunicationdisconnect/

 

All of these projects, plus many more, are on our blog: blog.thingm.com

 

 

 

SUBMIT THINGM PROJECTS

 

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Do you have any amazing ThingM projects that you would like to share?

We’re currently looking for new ThingM projects to post to our blog.

If you have photos, a project description that talks about your

experience with our products, video, or anyother material you would

like to share, please email us. We look forward to seeing some

amazing projects!

 

kimkarlsrud@thingm.com

Posted in February 2011