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  • You can use our Sequencer software to program up to 8 BlinkM device channels simultaneously through a LinkM. It doesn’t require any programming knowledge to use. You can download it from linkm.thingm.com.

  • You should get one of the new ones, which also has brighter LEDs on the Blaster.

  • BlinkM firmware is closed source. Everything else is open source: http://code.google.com/p/blinkm-projects/.
    There’s an open source clone project here: http://code.google.com/p/codalyze/wiki/CyzRgb

  • There are both Java/Processing and C APIs for it. If you can get VB or C# to talk to Java/C libraries, it should work. Also, the firmware is Open Source, so if you’d like to make a build that works with DOT.NET we’ll certainly point people to it in the future. Thanks!

  • Yeah, we totally stole the offset-header friction-fit idea from Sparkfun. Thank you, Sparkfun. ;-)

  • It’s a piranha RGB LED. It’s not from a manufacturer that publishes data sheets, but if you search Ebay for “piranha RGB LED” you will find many like it, and the auctions have a lot of the same information you’d find in a formal data sheet.

  • 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)

  • Zach, the component and manufacturing cost of a standard BlinkM and a BlinkM MinM are about the same, so the retail price is about the same. More specifically: the small surface mount LED on the MinM is a more expensive part than the corresponding LED on a standard BlinkM, and that price difference counteracts the savings in making a smaller device.
    - Mike (one of the founders of ThingM)

  • Whoops, I didn’t finish that note. 50mcd is typical (if somewhat dim) for LEDs in dot matrix displays. Most standalone SMD LEDs fall between 200mcd and 2000mcd, at which point the designation of superbright and ultrabright LEDs starts. When we said “standard LED” we looked around at what a “typical” SMD LED would put out, called it 500mcd and divided. In the end brightness is a very relative term, but we wanted to communicate the feeling of what it would be to look at one of these versus looking at a familiar, everyday LED.

  • Entropy512, the three LEDs we’re using here each have 5 embedded superbright LED dies and a relatively narrow beam angle. They are rated at a total of 445000 millicandela (mcd) if you take all three at maximum brightness. A standard indicator LED is about 50 mcd because of its wide beam angle and low flux. Thus, the Blaster is about 1000 times as bright, perceptually, as a standard indicator LED when looked at directly, which I would not advise.
    Please see this excellent article on LED brightness for more info: http://www.gizmology.net/LEDs.htm

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