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The information you’ve all been waiting for: BlinkMs will soon be back on the market. How soon? We predict that we’ll have them to our distributors by the beginning of May, and for sure by the end of May.


We apologize for the delay. We had not expected the first batch to sell out so quickly, so we didn’t start the next batch immediately. We’ve gotten mail from many of you asking about delivery and–let me tell you–we’ve been anticipating them as much as you have.




While many distributors are happy to ship BlinkMs internationally, we decided that the more distribution options are available, the better. It saves on shipping and logistics hassles.


To that end, we now have a sizable and growing list of distributors who should have BlinkMs soon after they’ve arrived in our offices and we’ve had a chance to test and program each one with our firmware. We recommend that you check them out.
















To give you a taste of the possibilities of BlinkM, we’re going to occasionally feature a particularly clever/silly/inspiring application of BlinkMs and make that our BlinkM Hack of the Month, mentioning it here.


This month’s is an illuminated table. Robert Edwards created a network of 23 BlinkMs, controlled with an Arduino. I’ve long been a sucker for smart furniture, and it’s great to see someone mocking up a piece of reactive furniture so quickly. Typically, projects like this require a bunch of labor just to get the hardware working before you move from HOW something is done to WHY you’re doing it and WHAT you’re doing. We tried to make that process easier with BlinkM, and Edwards’ time-lapse video really shows how quickly it’s possible to prototype with them.




May 3, 4, 2008, San Mateo, CA: Tod and I will again have a booth at MAKE Magazine’s Maker Faire. Last year was a huge amount of fun, we were surrounded by some of the most inquisitive, creative and clever people we ever met, and we had a fantastic time showing off Tod’s Roomba hacks to hundreds of people. This year, no Roombas, but plenty of BlinkMs, BlinkM projects and…a new product announcement! We can’t tell you what it is yet, but come by Maker Faire, but last year there were some “smart LED’s we were playing with,” which turned into BlinkM and this year you’ll get to see the next thing we’re working on. But come to see us, come for the amazing event that is Maker Faire.


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June 5-8, 2008, Phoenix, AZ: I will be giving the keynote at the annual conference of the North American Serials Interest Group. This is the annual meeting of a group of librarians who are responsible for serials (journals, periodicals and other such products). I have recently been talking about how ubiquitous computing can project an abstract service into a physical object. Well that’s exactly what a serial is: the paper journals that make up a serial are the physical product of a contract between the producer and subscriber to transfer a specific class of information from one to the other. The product is a knowledge service, not a stack of paper with text. The physical journal is a carrier that the subscriber has bought, a physical avatar of the virtual service. Ubiquitous computing allows for other physical objects to have the same kind of relationship to services, and that’s what I’ll be talking about. I’m very excited to have been offered the opportunity.




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Posted in April 2008