Mit dem LinkM ist es nun möglich die BlinkM LEDs direkt über den USB Port eines Computers zu steuern.
LinkM is a USB adapter that addresses two of the most frequently-requested BlinkM features:
- It enables you to program BlinkMs without setting up a separate I/O board, such as an Arduino.
- It lets you program or control multiple BlinkMs simultaneously.
Plug it in, plug in a BlinkM, fire up
the BlinkM Multitrack Sequencer, and start programming BlinkMs. It
requires no drivers (when used with most operating systems), additional
software or hardware.
LinkM is about the same size and shape
as a thumb drive. BlinkMs, BlinkM MinMs and BlinkM MaxMs can be plugged
directly into it and it offers a compact, inexpensive interface for
situations that do not require a general-purpose prototyping board or
where an enclosed programming and control device with no exposed wiring
For example, a real-time energy display
designed for long-term installation could use a LinkM attached to a
small networked computer (say a Linux-based router) to display the
results of fluctuating electricity prices with an array of BlinkM MaxMs.
Quick Start requirements
- No electronics experience!
- No programming experience!
- Computer with USB port
- One or more BlinkMs, BlinkM MinMs, BlinkM MaxMs
- OSX 10.3.9, Windows XP/7, Linux
- Java 1.5 or later
- Mulitrack ThingM Sequencer software
- Driverless. Identifies itself as a USB Human Interface
(HID) class device, which nearly every operating system supports
without requiring additional drivers.
- Has no exposed components. Its hard plastic case makes it appropriate for long-term installation.
- Synchronizes groups of BlinkMs with a metronome signal
so that their patterns do not drift in time (this even works when the
LinkM is only connected to a power supply, such as an iPod USB charger).
- Can directly power 8 BlinkMs or BlinkM MinMs or one BlinkM MaxM
- Works as a generic USB->I2C device, making it compatible with hundreds of standard I2C devices.
- Contains an I2C buffer chip for driving longer I2C bus cables.
- Open Source firmware, available from Google Code [LINK]
- Open Source libraries for C, Java and Processing that
work on Mac OS X, Windows XP/7 and Ubuntu Linux, also available from
- Acts as an I2C master with built-in BlinkM metronome
for synchronizing groups of BlinkMs so that their patterns do not drift
- Additional I/O pins on the board. AVR hackers can
crack open the case to get access to digital I/O pins and use LinkM as a
standalone microcontroller platform.
- USB 1.0 standard
- 100 kbps I2C communication
- 4-pin 0.1" spacing BlinkM I2C connector