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This kit is amazingly cool and easy to use. POV (persistence of vision) displays show words or patterns that seem to float in mid-air; if you’ve ever seen one, you know what a great effect it is. A line of LEDs flashes the Y component of what you’re displaying, and you provide the X by moving across the field of view — now you see it, now you don’t. With the Red Blinky POV, you don’t need to do any programming to set the message you want to display: just enter your text into a dedicated web page and hold the Blinky up to your monitor. The onboard pre-programmed microcontroller and light sensors on the back eliminate the need for a programming cable.

Paul Spinrad

Paul Spinrad

Paul Spinrad is a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco. He hatches schemes at http://investian.com.


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  1. Tommy Phillips says:

    Is the light sensor input protocol documented?

    1. Yeah, it is really well documented. You can find out more here.

      –Jake

  2. We’ve also documented the blinky transmission protocol on our Design page:http://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/blinky/design/

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