BlinkM – RGB LED Projects made easy

by Andy Polaine on January 27, 2008

If you read Russell’s great post, Reskilling For An Age of Things and sympathised with his woeful soldering skills, these BlinkM programmable RGB LEDs might be just the thing to kick start a project.

They are RGB LEDs with a tiny programmable microcontroller to change the colours easily. You can plug them into an Arduino and program them or you can use their natty little sequencer (see below) to create colour sequences. Think of it as a drum machine for colour.

blinkm_sequencer.jpg

They only cost $12.95 from Sparkfun. Maybe I’ll actually get around to making something (I might even make something talk).

(Via Tinker.it. More images in todbot’s Flickr set.)

[tags]arduino, blinkm, LED, physical_computing[/tags]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elektronik Homepage January 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Greate Work. Could i get it to Germany?

2 Andy Polaine January 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Sparkfun would probably send it to Germany. Maybe contact their customer service or ThingM: http://thingm.com/products/blinkm

3 Nat'n February 15, 2008 at 10:25 pm

You can check out my very simple blinkM project here. No micro required and still pretty cool.

http://natnlabs.net/joomla/content/view/12/1/

Add the micro like described here and it will go from cool to awesome!

4 Andy Polaine February 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

Nat’n, nice to see it in action so easy. Let me know if you make some more projects.

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