Wayne and Layne
Open source electronics kits
Joined: February 22, 2011
Country: US
Blinky Grid LED Matrix
Blinky Grid LED Matrix
Blinky Grid LED Matrix
Blinky Grid LED Matrix
Blinky Grid LED Matrix

Blinky Grid is a reprogrammable LED matrix. It has 56 LEDs and can display text and animations in a variety of ways.

So what? What makes this LED kit so special?

To update the message on the Blinky Grid requires no special cables or knowledge of programming. Go to the Blinky Programmer website http://www.wayneandlayne.com/blinky_programmer/, enter in your text and animations, and hold your Blinky kit up to the screen. Click the Go button on the page, and the squares start to blink, transmitting the data to the Blinky Grid. It’s as simple as that!

Who is this for?

The Blinky Grid usually takes between 45 minutes and 2 hours to assemble, depending upon your experience. Soldering isn’t hard–there’s even a 10 page comic to help show anyone how to solder: http://mightyohm.com/files/soldercomic/FullSolderComic_EN.pdf When you’re finished, you’ll have a fun toy that you can make show nearly anything you want, over and over again. Blinky Grid is excellent for people who want to learn about electronics, make something with their hands, or just have a fun blinky toy. We’ve had people buy our kits to make with their children or spouses, and we’ve even sold classroom sets. Someone told us, "I’ve built a lot of electronics kits, but yours was the first one I got working on the first try!"

Other facts we’ve deemed important enough to be on the front page
-- Easy to assemble kit makes for a great learning experience. All parts are easy-to-solder through-hole, with no tiny surface mount parts. (We now have a surface mount version of our Blinky kits meant for beginners!)
-- Fully open-source designs means that we share the knowledge and files used to create these kits, including the circuit schematic, firmware, and PCB layout. We’ve designed the Blinky Grid and Blinky POV to be easy to modify.
-- Custom, professionally-made PCB provides for an easy soldering experience.
-- To construct a Blinky Grid, you’ll need the kit itself, a soldering iron and solder, a diagonal cutters, two/three AA batteries, and optionally, a hot glue gun and wire strippers.
-- More facts are on the FAQ page: http://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/blinky/faq/

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Worldwide - Standard 7-14 Business Days $5.00 for first item, $2.00 for each additional item
Domestic (US) - Standard 3-7 Business Days $2.50 for first item, $1.00 for each additional item
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