Stay Better Informed with Blink(1)

It’s great to stay informed with what happens on your computer and that wacky web thing, but having to continuously scan a screen for changes while you are trying to get more immediate work done can be frustrating. But Blink(1) – yes, the “(1)” is part of the name –  can make it a simple thing.

Blink(1) is a multicolored LED that is designed to plug into your USB port. You set the event that you want to monitor through software, and assign it an alert pattern. Now you are free to to wander about the room (or the computer screen), and when the event fires, the light will alert you. In case things too complicated, you can add as many Blinks as you want, as long as you have a USB port to plug them into.

Blink(1) is a crowd funded Kickstarter project, and they have met their funding target. You can read more about the Blink(1) project here, but in the meanwhile check out the video below.



One of a new set of fundraising platforms dubbed “crowd funding,” Kickstarter facilitates gathering monetary resources from the general public, a model which circumvents many traditional avenues of investment. Projects must meet Kickstarter’s guidelines to launch — charity, cause, “fund-my-life” projects and open-ended fundraising are not permitted. Project creators choose a deadline and a goal minimum of funds to raise. If the chosen goal is not gathered by the deadline, no funds are collected (this is known as a provision point mechanism). Money pledged by donors is collected using Amazon Payments. The platform is open only to permanent US residents of 18 years of age or older, with a US address, US bank account, a US state-issued driver’s license, and a major US credit or debit card.