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Our good friend Tod Kurt, of ThingM, shows how to control a strip of RGB LEDs using the BlinkM MaxM driver and a FreeM IR remote receiver.

I used some similar strip lighting and a MaxM for a friend’s Halloween costume, and really liked being able to program the blink pattern via Arduino. The addition of an IR remote opens up interesting possibilities.

Invisible Accent Light with BlinkM MaxM & FreeM

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.


  • http://anomdebus.myopenid.com/ anomdebus

    I think the throbbing of light levels (pwm?) even when “steady” might get annoying after a while. Is this because his is pushing the limits of the BlinkM?

  • http://twitter.com/todbot Tod E. Kurt

    nomdebus, the throbbing is due to interaction between the PWM rate in the BlinkM MaxM and the shutter speed of my camera. It’s the same kind of aliasing you see when you see movies of helicopter blades or wagon wheels.  In person, the light is constant, no throbbing.

    • http://anomdebus.myopenid.com/ anomdebus

      Thanks for your reply. Btw, thanks for the information as well.

  • Anonymous

    It is really interesting that we would get remote control for lights.. Sounds like unbelievable.. But its true that we would get remote on RGB lights.
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