blink(1) is the world’s best indicator light, designed to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet.
Examples of what blink(1) can do:
- Pulse when someone mentions you on Twitter.
- Glow red if your computer’s CPU is slammed.
- Flash when a web page has changed.
- Show the status of your continuous integration build.
- Display multiple information sources simultaneously.
- Work in parallel with as many other blink(1)s as you have USB ports.
- Works with IFTTT.
What's in the box?
Each blink(1) mk2 comes with the blink(1) mk2 unit itself and a clear 5ft USB extension cable so you can place the blink(1) mk2 in a location of optimal visibility.
Wait, so this is just an RGB LED with a USB connector in a case?
Yes, but it is the most flexible and the easiest one to use, anywhere. To make it all work, there is also a tiny USB controller with firmware to make it easy to program and control, but basically yes.
Which computers does blink(1) work with?
Just about anything with a USB port. Specifically, blink(1) is a USB HID-compliant device and the blink(1) apps work on Mac OS X 10.7+, Windows Vista+, Ubuntu/Debian-style GNU/Linux. The command-line tools can be compiled for just about any POSIX-compliant Unix-style platform including the Raspberry Pi, DD-WRT WiFi routers, BeagleBone, and some Android phones.
Can I hook it to my Twitter?
Yep! The BlinkATweet app lets you control blink(1) based on Twitter keyword search or Twitter user post.
What other web apps does blink(1) work with?
Via IFTTT.com, you can link your blink(1) with just about any web service, including blogs, Twitter, email, Google calendar and more.
Can I control it from my phone?
Yes! If your phone can load a web page it can control blink(1). The Blink1Control app on your computer can appear as a web app for your phone or any other network enabled device.
Is blink(1) hackable?
Definitely. The enclosure designed to open (with a little force) so you can get at the circuit board. And if you know microcontroller programming, you can modify how blink(1) functions. You could even turn the blink(1) into a USB keyboard and mouse emulator! blink(1) is open source hardware, with everything about it on github.