ThingM Newsletter March 2011
· BlinkM as the Smallest Arduino
· CtrlM and FreeM Demo
· Using FreeM with BlinkM MaxM
· Awesome projects on our blog
· Submit ThingM Projects!
BLINKM AS THE SMALLEST ARDUINO
Did you know you can run Arduino programs on tiny BlinkM Smart LEDs? It might make BlinkM the smallest Arduino so far. To use a BlinkM as an Arduino, all you need is the free Arduino software, a low-cost AVR programmer, some wire, and a BlinkM.
CTRLM AND FREEM DEMO
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 adapter, Arduino, or any other I2C controller that can use a BlinkM. It appears as a BlinkM to BlinkM-aware applications such as BlinkMSequencer2.
USING FREEM WITH BLINKM MAXM
While FreeM is mostly designed to work with BlinkMs and MinMs, it can be made to work with MaxMs. One way is to have the MaxM power the FreeM. On our blog we describe how to do this. Not only does this let you control the immensely bright MaxM with an infrared remote, but you can also drive large RGB LED clusters for your own remote controlled DIY architectural lighting.
AWESOME PROJECTS ON OUR BLOG
We have some wonderful BlinkM projects posted to our ThingM blog this month!
Mike Rivamonte – Spaceship: Learn more about the creation of Mike’s beautifully crafted spaceships and his inclusion of the ThingM BlinkM and FreeM!
Superhero Costumes: Andy Wu, Chich-Pin Hsiao, Szu-Chia Ahn, Staphanie Ahn from Georgia Tech create a Superhero Hawl! Hawl is a successful conductor working with his orchestra. Music is Hawl’s love of life during the day. At the same time, he lives a secret life. He has a mysterious power of controlling music to spread joy and to defeat devils around the world. As long as evils are threatening the world, here comes Hawl to the rescue.
SUBMIT THINGM PROJECTS
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!