Website API and BlinkStick sharing

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BlinkStick website has been improved with a few requested features. There is a guide describing how to share your BlinkStick and let others take control of it. This requires linking your BlinkStick to blinkstick.com and there are quite a few ways to do this.

Each public BlinkStick has a URL which looks something like this:

http://www.blinkstick.com/d/12345678

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Python package updated to 0.5.0

Python BlinkStick package has been updated to 0.5.0.

https://pypi.python.org/pypi/BlinkStick/

Rob Berwick has done an amazing job and created color animations for BlinkStick Python API. They are covered with 3 main functions:

  • blink – blinks the specified color
  • pulse – pulses the specified color
  • morph – morphs from current color to the specified color

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More ways to control your BlinkStick remotely

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Now there are even more ways to control your BlinkStick remotely! Remote control is a neat little feature, that allows your BlinkStick to become internet enabled device once connected to a computer.

There are currently 4 ways to connect BlinkStick to the web service:

  • Using the BlinkStick Client application (Windows)
  • Using command line tool from Python package (Linux, Mac OS X)
  • Writing code for Python (Linux, Mac OSX)
  • Writing code for Node.js (Linux, Mac OSX)

Head over to the tutorials section to find out more.

Would you like to control your BlinkStick with any other language or OS? No problem! Just contact me and I will make it happen! 🙂

BlinkStick Client application release 1.0.0

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A new version of BlinkStick client application has been released. This version addresses the issues some users had with installing application on various Windows versions. It now has been tested and confirmed working on XP SP3, Vista, 7 and 8. In addition to better Windows OS support, the following improvements have been made:

  • AmbiLight mode
  • Improved device detection in Windows XP and Vista
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements

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Python package updated to 0.3.0

Python Blinkstick package has been updated to 0.3.0.

https://pypi.python.org/pypi/BlinkStick/

This version has the following improvements:

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Postman detector with web enabled camera, BlinkStick and Raspberry Pi

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Quentin Stafford-Fraser came up with a brilliant idea on how to combine web enabled camera, BlinkStick and Raspberry Pi to give him a notification whenever postman arrives at his door. It also gives a great overview of BlinkStick package for Python.

Check out his original blog post with embedded video and links to all of the tools and software packages used to achieve this neat hack!

It’s so great for me to see hacks like this. This is the main reason why I created BlinkStick in the first place: to be a simple tool that lets you use it in ways that I could have never imagined! 🙂