Blinken Button for Beginners Version 2

17 June 2011 Projects
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You may know the Blinken Button for Beginners Kit. And you may know that I am quite out of stock at the moment.  But things are changing: The new Blinken Button Kits have arrived! The best: The now come in red or green (Jimmy liked it – so I added this option) and I got [...]

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Blinken Button revisited

17 January 2011 Projects
The official Blinken Button Marketing Material

It was a bit quiet in the last months here at Interactive Matter. For a reason! One happy day in fall 2010 Mitch and Jeff convinced me to prepare some Blinken Buttons for Beginners Kits for a SMT soldering workshops at the 27c3 in Berlin. I was happy that they did! And I suffered massively [...]

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Blinken Buttons for Beginners – a SMT Beginners Kit

8 May 2010 Projects
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You all know the Blinken Button Kit (aka Space Invaders Button). One of the biggest flaws of this kit is that it is not really a beginners kit. But with the help of Jeff (really big thanks for that) I was able to convert it to a perfect SMT beginners kit. The design was drastically [...]

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5 April 2010 Projects
SkatePOV @ night

SkatePOV brings POV to your skate board. It is a minified version of MiniPOV2 attachable to your skateboard. Draw texts while skating! The LEDs pulse to write the text. By moving the skateboard (aka skating) the blinking is converted into a matrix and the blinking becomes the text. This is the first project in a [...]

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Arduino & Barometric Pressure Sensor BMP085

5 December 2009 Sensors
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In lack of any new projects (which are currently all in an very intermediate state) Interactive Matter presents yet another ‘how to connect a cool I2C sensor to Arduino’ post. This time it is all about pressure. The BMP085 pressure sensor combines a absolute barometric pressure sensor (aka barometer) with an temperature sensor. It is [...]

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Interactive Matter goes Kit

14 July 2009 Shop
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The questions for kits grow stronger and stronger in the comments. Therefore I am happy and proud to announce that Interactive Matter starts selling kits. The first will be the Space Invaders Button. The first round of prototypes has been packaged and already shipped: Soon we will add order forms and how to descriptions for [...]

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µTVBG – World Smallest TV-B-Gone clone

4 July 2009 Projects
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I really like TV-B-Gone by Mitch Altman. The idea to have an universal remote to switch off any TV set is just marvellous! But for some real sneaky operation I wanted a much smaller version which perfectly fits into my pocket. So how about a small experiment how small you can go (and still solder [...]

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Low Voltage RGB LED

9 May 2009 Tinkering
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Most of my parts want a 3.3V voltage supply. Most of my projects relay on a single coin cell battery at 3V. But driving an RGB LED from 3V is no fun at all. Lets take for example a nice strong RGB LED like the Osram LRTB G6TG – the green channel runs at 3.2V, [...]

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Space Invaders Button

13 April 2009 Projects
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The reason I started all this microcontroller stuff was that I wanted to create an animated button displaying space invaders characters. Preferably the same size as an normal button (the ones you put on your jacket, not your panel). Now here it is: If you do not see the electronics for this small display read [...]

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23 December 2008 Projects
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Playing around with gravity: A basic piece exploring interaction with gravity. It is (again) half a ping pong ball. On the rim there is a red dot, which always stays up. You can turn it as you want – the red dot will go up again. Video after the click.

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How was your day, darling?

1 October 2008 Projects
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After some previous testings I did finish the final Version of How was you day, darling? – or shorter “hwydd”: It is a small object (actually half a ping pong ball), interacting with its owner and environment (and being pretty boring without interaction). The object permanently aggregates light samples (i.e. it measures the every second [...]

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