Amazing PC light show made using BlinkyTape May 20, 2015

Will from Fuzzletek put together this epic PC casemod, complete with water cooling and a custom light effects using BlinkyTape. Going way beyond a standard chase pattern, he put together a synchronized light show using after effects and a custom software bridge to map the position of the lights into the video. He goes into … Read more

Howto: Controlling BlinkyTiles using Arduino+FastLED April 7, 2015

Jason Coon put together an excellent tutorial on controlling BlinkyTile with Arduino and the FastLED library: This tutorial will guide you through connecting a BlinkyTile sculpture (I made the standard dodecahedron) to a microcontroller. The same basic instructions will apply to just about any microcontroller, but we’ll be using an Arduino Uno. I’ve also tested … Read more

Manufacturing Hacks: Cheap LED fan from Taobao March 26, 2015

I used to work for a big Toy OEM company. I know some manufacturing processes and how it cost. Sometimes I am really curious about how cheap toys in the China mainland market are made, especially ones from Taobao. Yes, maybe they use some poor quality plastic material. But somehow, the electrical parts still work. … Read more

Excellently overengineered bathroom occupancy sensor March 16, 2015

James made this possibly overdesigned system to monitor his office bathroom, using a BlinkyTape, Raspberry Pi, Spark Core, and a paperclip: The idea is to show the status outside the outer door a few meters away with an “information radiator” to avoid a wasted trip and disturbing occupants by trying the handle. Yes, this could … Read more

Wrap your palace in Bacon with BlinkyTape March 13, 2015

Breakfast enthusiasts @schlingel and @filid created some delicious light painting using a BlinkyTape and some choice source images: Take two nerds and some camera gear and add a blinky tape to it. Et voilá – baconified palace.

Making the Blinky diffusers: the plastic injection molding process December 4, 2014

As an accessory for our BlinkyTile DIY Light Sculpture Kit, we are manufacturing a set of plastic diffusers. We started out by 3d printing them, however it’s not really feasible to produce 100’s of pieces in that manner, and the quality of an injection molded part is way better. The concept behind injection molding is is pretty … Read more

Watch robots assemble the BlinkyTile controller! December 4, 2014

We kicked off production of our new LED controller on Friday, with a visit to our PCBA factory. Here’s a quick video to introduce the process. So much robot love!

October 25th BlinkyTile Workshop Recap November 5, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, on October 25th, Marty and Amy ran a workshop at the Baltimore Node Hackerspace in Baltimore, MD. Participants worked together to build BlinkyTile sculptures using some of our beta BlinkyTile panels. It took some time to snap out and prep the tiles on the older boards. The newer board revisions … Read more

BlinkyTile Updates! October 16, 2014

The BlinkyTile Kickstarter campaign is coming to an end, and we have a few things that we’d like to share before it’s all wrapped up! Pattern Mapping Demo Here’s something we’re excited to share: a demonstration of a sculpture that we’ve mapped out in software. This allows different kinds of effects, including the waves of … Read more

BlinkyTile is a success! September 29, 2014

Most of the regular readers of this blog have probably been over to see our ongoing Kickstarter campaign, but just in case you haven’t…it’s been great.  We blew through our funding goal in less than 12 hours, and have almost doubled our target in a little more than a week. The photo above is from … Read more

Blinkinlabs at Dlectricity in Detroit, this weekend! September 26, 2014

We are honored to have the chance to work with the talented crew from the Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Carnival to help light up their carnival costumes! If you’re anywhere near Detroit this weekend, come on out to the Dlectricity to check out the action! Performances are at 8 and 10pm both Friday and Saturday.

Announcing the BlinkyTile! September 20, 2014

Hi everyone, Today is an excellent day for three reasons: Blinkinlabs is exactly one year old, it’s the start of World Maker Faire and we’ve got a great exhibit for you, and… we’re launching a new product! If you’ve been watching closely here, you’ve probably seen glimpses of a new blinking light structure. It’s called … Read more

Blinkinlabs at New York Maker Faire! September 18, 2014

Hello loyal fans!  If you haven’t heard from us as much as you might have liked in recent weeks, that’s because we’ve been up to some good stuff. We have some exciting things happening in the next few days, not the least of which is our visit to this weekend’s World Maker Faire New York! … Read more

BlinkyTape bike indicators September 2, 2014

Roo Reynolds built this bike turn signal indicator using a BlinkyTape. It has three modes (front, left turn, right turn), which he can cycle through using the control button built into the tape. Nice build!

Prototyping tutorial: Quick and dirty solder paste stencils August 30, 2014

Solder stencils are pretty cheap these days, but for a single, quick production run of a really simple design, it seems like a waste of resources to have a professional one produced and shipped to the lab. Of course, if you have a laser cutter handy, you can make a pretty nice one, but if all you’ve got is … Read more

Headlamps and burners July 11, 2014

Just a quick Friday post for y’all, sharing photog / hacker / NYC Resistor member William Ward‘s recent BlinkyTape exploits. And according to him, BlinkyTape is all the lighting you need for Burning Man! Well, “utility lighting.” But either way, you’ll definitely find some good uses for BlinkyTape out on the playa. Anyone else planning … Read more

BlinkyTape Goes Retail at Story NYC! June 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, we were approached by a very interesting NYC Retail space, STORY. STORY is an innovative retail store that re-creates itself periodically – it’s almost like a retail gallery. They were looking for products for their brand-new collection, called “COOL.” Flash forward to this week, and BlinkyTape is suddenly for sale at … Read more

Ambient Weather Indicator June 15, 2014

Another great use for BlinkyTape comes to us from our forum user Eric C. aka “revsin.” Like our last post this is an ambient information visualizer – but for a very different purpose. Eric is a motorcyclist and wants to know at a glance if it’s going to be dry for the next few hours … Read more

Awesome BlinkyTape use in the field – SAWS June 11, 2014

There are few things that make us as proud as when we see a great use for BlinkyTape out in the wild. So you can imagine our delight when we saw a tweet about this blog post on the “Engine Room” blog by the Financial Times. If you’ve ever been tasked with keeping an eye … Read more

New Lightpainting Tutorial! June 2, 2014

Exciting developments in Blinkyland – while many of you know how easy it is to do cool light painting with BlinkyTape, we realized it was high time for an updated light painting tutorial. So we made one, complete with the helpful animated gif you see above! Enjoy the gif here or click through for some … Read more

Open For Business! May 14, 2014

Good news, Blinkypeople! Here at Blinkinlabs Global HQ, we’ve set up our own webstore – this will allow to get awesome new interactive lighting products to you. The BlinkyTape is in stock and shipping now, order yours today!

RainbowMaker Prototype May 9, 2014

RainbowMaker Prototype Installation @nycresistor from Ethan Hartman on Vimeo. A few short weeks ago, while our fearless leader, Matt, was in Brooklyn, we undertook a marvelous undertaking: installing a near-magical prototype high on a wall over an archway at one of our favorite haunts, NYC Resistor. Stills don’t do it justice – check the video … Read more

USA Science Fest May 3, 2014

Last weekend, our own Marty McGuire represented us at the 3rd annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC. This is a great event to share info and resources for STEM – it’s OK to be having fun because it’s educational, right? I doubt you’ve forgotten, but a big part of the idea behind … Read more

Robot Fest Timelapse! May 1, 2014

Robot Fest timelapse from Blinkinlabs on Vimeo. We know this one is a bit overdue, but we had an excellent time at this year’s RobotFest (especially since we just had this year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival this last weekend.) We had the chance to show off BlinkyTape to all manner of folks, and very … Read more

Easter lightpainting! April 23, 2014

From the forums – teaelixer, one of our lovely users, was overcome by religious & technological fervor and produced this totally awesome NyanBunny light painting. Hop on over to the forum post and get involved!

BlinkyTape in action-Vix lightpaints live! March 16, 2014

The real joy of creating something like BlinkyTape is seeing what happens when it’s out in the the real world, in the hands of users who use it to make amazing, creative things happen. So we love it when we hear stories from people like Vix, who runs a spectacular new LIVE lightpainting experience for … Read more

New Audio Visualizer — BlinkySpectrogram! February 27, 2014

Hey! So, yes, as we were saying the blogging and such. Well, it’s been a fairly quiet time at global BlinkinLabs HQ as we cook up some new, amazing junk. However, we’ve also been doing just a little in terms of smaller stuff. Like this! A brandy new audio visualization for your BlinkyTape! Still reading…that’s … Read more

ZOMG! We’re starting a blog! February 12, 2014

O hai. We just realized that most normal internet-type organizations have, like a place where we can…like…put updates and news. And stuff. So we’re going to do that. So…yeah…we probably should have had one of these for a long time now, but we we made a lot of use from the blog functionality of our … Read more

The Saga of the Tubes January 20, 2014

Hey everyone, It’s been a long time since we started this journey, but it looks like we’ve managed to complete fulfillment for our Kickstarter campaign. We’re very sorry it’s taken so long, but we’re glad to say that we’ve finally shipped out BlinkyTubes to all of the backers in the Blinkin’ Tubular reward levels. It … Read more

Holiday blinking December 13, 2013

Hey everyone, Guess what: almost all rewards are shipped, and BlinkyTapes are now in the hands of backers. We’re really pleased by this, and we have a few other exciting things to say too. OBLIGATORY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IMAGE BlinkyTape for sale! We’re very pleased to announce that additional BlinkyTapes are now available for sale at … Read more

I love it when a plan comes together November 22, 2013

Great news! After a couple of bonus delays, we’ve just heard back from our shipping company that all of our rewards have just shipped! (With one partial exception, see below.) We should have tracking numbers in a couple of days, and we plan on sending those out as soon as we get them. Our shipping … Read more

Tiny LED Controller and the Cheapest Buttons, Ever March 19, 2013

When I saw this tiny LED controller on Taobao for only RMB10 (about $1.60 USD), I had to know what was inside of it. Less than 12 hours after clicking buy, it arrived at our office. Of course, the first thing I had to do was tear it apart to see what was inside. The … Read more