At HOPE 2014 this weekend, I attended a BlinkyTape workshop lead by Matt Mets and Ethan Hartman from the Blinkinlabs team. Conference attendees gained hands-on experience with BlinkyTape and asked questions about how to use other software and tools to drive data to their BlinkTape such as current WiFi signal strength, countdown clocks, and more. Vijay, pictured above with his father Brian, became quickly obsessed with the intuitive PatternPaint app that he used to send color patterns and sequences to the strip on the fly.
Hello denizens of earth – @BlinkyTape will have a booth at @hopex tomorrow – and a workshop Sunday!
BlinkyTape by Blinkinlabs: BlinkyTape is a very special LED strip, taking the smarts of NeoPixels and combining it with an Arduino-compatible for an all-in-one ready to go design. You don’t have to source your own microcontroller, power supply or connectors. Simply plug in a standard USB battery pack or wall charger, and you’re good to blink. BlinkyTape has 60 independently controllable full-color RGB LEDs, all wrapped up in a weather-resistant silicone case. All this is powered by a integrated light processor (e.g. Atmega32u4 microcontroller) which has a standard micro-USB connector. This means you can connect it to a battery or power supply to run on its own, or it can talk to a computer for interactive installations. (read more)
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