We’ve released two new kits, Blinky Grid and Blinky POV. Both are little LED kits that are reprogrammed by holding them up to our web page that blinks. Those blinks are picked up by light sensors on the board, reprogramming the chip. Blinky POV is 8 LEDs and is meant to be swung through the air, like this:
It looks like this when assembled:
Blinky Grid has 56 LEDs, and is totally awesome. It looks like this when assembled:
Here’s a nifty demo video of Blinky Grid, showing the programming features near the end:
These kits were developed in a bit of a new way for us. We did an online form to apply for the beta test, and we learned a lot in that process. Beta test applicants, we will be sending you one-and-only-one email to you this week with a coupon code for these kits as a way to say thanks. After the beta test, they were soft-launched at the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire. Hopefully, getting more feedback throughout the development process helped make a better kit.
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Wayne and Layne, LLC makes open source hardware. Our kits come with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and explanations of how the kit works. All the schematics, PCB artwork, and source code are provided under open licenses.