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Description: If you used BlinkM and you thought it was good, but needed something to temporarily blind your enemy, the MaxM is what you need. Three large 10mm LEDs combine the forces of 15 individual LED cores to create a flood of RGB light.

BlinkM MaxM is an intensely-bright smart LED for prototyping that comes as a package of two components, a control module (MaxM Master) and a daughter board with three ultrabright LEDs (MaxM Blaster).

MaxM Master runs a unique firmware that creates virtually any RGB color, fades smoothly between two colors, and blinks in virtually any pattern. Like its smaller sibling, it requires almost no knowledge of electronics. Its powerful 1 amp MOSFET transistors can control the industry's most power-hungry LEDs, while its 12 volt power supply lets it be run from a wide variety of power sources, making it perfect for prototyping automotive applications and low-voltage track lighting systems.

MaxM Blaster's trio of LEDs are 50 times as bright as a standard BlinkM and more than 1000 times as bright as a standard LED. They're so amazingly bright they kind of freak us out (and should absolutely not be looked at directly, under any circumstances!).

Finally, it includes four analog input lines, which means that its behavior can be changed without requiring an external controller. We have expanded the BlinkM control language to make this powerful capability available without affecting backward compatibility. All existing BlinkM software should run on the MaxM without requiring any changes.

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  • Grody, sorry about your fried MaxM Master. We’ll take your suggestion into consideration when we do the next board rev. Thanks!
    - Mike (one of the ThingM founders)

  • Hi, I am trying to use this to control my own LEDs. Is this common anode or cathode?

  • Sorry for Noob question, can a motion sensor be plugged directly to MaxM for standalone applications?

    • No, at least the ones I have used. However these are designed for use with direct connections to analog sensors.

  • I recently put a MaxM into an ambient orb project, I noticed this morning the green LED is “strobing” at a pretty high rate (not one of my programed modes)…. so I swapped it with another MaxM that I had and is seems to be a bad LED as I swapped out the controller and the “strobing” issue remained present.
    any thoughts? These MaxM LEDs should be able to handle continuous duty with a 9v power source right? They aren’t usually one color for more than a few hours at a time as the orb cycles through various modes throughout the day.
    Mike, this is a pretty new purchase can ThingM do anything for me?
    Thanks,
    -Jason

  • Either I’m doing something wrong or the MaxM is completely underwhelming. Feeding it a clean 12v @ 2A through the barrel connector, wrote a small sketch to take all LEDs to full…lame. I need something brighter. May gut the board and ditch the LEDs…

    • a single MaxM lights up my whole living room at night, i used a polycarbonate light fixture diffuser but when its blinking it is even noticeable in the bedroom which is upstairs and down a hallway from where the MaxM is located… you might be doing something wrong, or might have gotten a bad unit (but they are tested before they ship) cause these suckers are ridiculously bright…
      -Jason

  • Reading on the ThingM site, it looks like the specs on the controller board have been upgraded to 3A MOSFETs and 24V power… if I order one, will I get an older 1A unit or a newer 3A unit or is there no way to tell? Looks like an awfully fun device!
    Thanks,
    Mike

  • What is the name of the package type of the LED? Do we have a datasheet on it?

  • A small suggestion for future hardware revisions: toss in a diode to provide reverse voltage protection. That way, when morons like me use a center-ground wall wart, they won’t be out twelve bucks when they fry the control module :-(((


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