THINGM NEWSLETTER, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

CONTENTS

- New Products: FreeM + CtrlM

- New Distributors

- Change your BlinkM firmware with ReflashBlinkM

- Awesome projects on our blog

- Outcome of Crashspace Hacker Challenge

- Mike’s presentations

 

NEW PRODUCTS: WIRELESS BLINKM CONTROL WITH FREEM AND CTRLM

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We are really excited to announce a new pair of products that frees BlinkMs, MaxMs and MinMs from being tied down with wires. The duo of CtrlM and FreeM inexpensively control any number of BlinkM smart LEDs from up to 50 feet away, and require no changes in your project design or software.

FreeM is a wireless BlinkM controller and power supply for completely standalone deployment, programming and control of BlinkM smart LEDs. It receives data from CtrlM and converts it to I2C controls for BlinkM smart LEDs.

CtrlM is an infrared transmitter that converts BlinkM commands sent over I2C through a LinkM or Arduino into infrared commands that are converted back to the original commands by FreeMs.

When used together, the two create an invisible, low-power method to control BlinkMs (or any I2C device), and can be easily modified for much greater range!

Please visit our website or email us for more details and pricing.

www.thingm.com Or kim.karlsrud@thingm.com

 

NEW DISTRIBUTORS

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We’re very proud to welcome our newest distributor, Wish Your Gift, based in Italy! ThingM is there first line of electronic products. Visit at: tinyurl.com/wishyourgift-blinkm

 

CHANGE YOUR BLINKM FIRMWARE WITH REFLASHBLINKM

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All BlinkM-family devices can have their firmware updated. This makes them great for tiny development boards for ATtiny processors. ReflashBlinkM is an application that makes it easy to put back the original firmware or update a BlinkM to the latest firmware.

 

Previously you needed an AVR ISP programmer like the AVRISPmkII or the USBtinyISP. Thanks to the ArduinoISP sketch that ships with Arduino, if you have already have an Arduino, you can easily reflash your BlinkM with new firmware.

 

The ReflashBlinkM application is a tool for Mac OS X and Windows that uses ArduinoISP to help you reflash BlinkMs to their default firmware.

 

For full instructions, see the ReflashBlinkM page at:

code.google.com/p/blinkm-projects/wiki/ReflashBlinkM

 

AWESOME PROJECTS ON OUR BLOG

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As part of our 2010 ThingM Educational Seed program students from the Tokyo University of the Arts created a bunch of great projects with BlinkM. We asked them to document these and we will be posting select projects of theirs on our blog in the coming months.

The first is called Seito Odoshi. It’s a student intimidator that wakes up students that fall asleep at their desk. Using a distance sensor and a BlinkM – the Seito Odoshi warns someone by moving the tube and changing its color.

Click here for photos and downloadable PDF: blog.thingm.com

 

CRASHSPACE HACKER CHALLENGE RESULTS

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Crash Space, the Los Angeles hacker space that ThingM’s co-founder Tod E. Kurt co-founded, was part of a five-way hacker space competition. The competition is over, and the results are in. Who won?

Watch the whole saga of Hacker Challenge here: www.vimby.com/video/sponsor/us/all/

 

MIKE’S RECENT PRESENTATIONS

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Mike gave a few presentations on information in the last few weeks at the Symbian’s Developer’s Conference and Mobile Monday in Amsterdam! Please follow the links below on for the downloadable PDF’s of the presentation material.

Service Avatars and the Service Avatar Operating System:

Slides: tinyurl.com/26826fc

Information is a material:

Slides: tinyurl.com/2bra6ha

Video: tinyurl.com/24ug8z5

Posted in November 2010