The wonderful gang at ThingM (makers of the blinkM smart LED) have announced an interesting new product is in the works, the blink(1) programmable USB RGB LED status indicator. Plug the little open source nub into most any USB port – laptop, desktop, server, some Android phones, DD-WRT router – and then you can use apps (or create your own) to make the blink(1) LED light up to indicate an event. A tweet just mentioned me? Steady green light. Email from my wife? Three blue blinks. CPU overheating? Red alert!

From the ThingM blog:

ThingM has just launched a Kickstarter for “blink(1)”. A USB RGB LED that builds on our BlinkM Smart LED. It’s a super status light that packs three dimensions of information (color, brightness and pattern) into a single tiny package that fits into any USB port on nearly every device.
It makes it incredibly easy to connect any data source in the cloud or on your computer to a full-color RGB LED so you can know what’s happening without checking any windows, going to any websites, or typing any commands.

I can’t wait to get my hands on one – the Kickstarter is nearly funded, so I’m optimistic – to play around with the development tools. I’d love, for example, to have the Blink(1) tell me when a Renderman render has completed, or if I have a meeting in five minutes.

Blink(1), the USB RGB LED by ThinkM

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 and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.

  • NEC Display

    Great small USB RGB LED Status Light.. make use of it .. it indicate everything whatever it may new post come.

  • Dejan Filip (@DejanFilip1)

    I love this!!!