Friday, May 15, 2009

Ignorance As A Feature

When designing Blink, I only had a sparse set of requirements. Not knowing what type of layout may work best for different individuals and not being an artist, I designed the screens to be customizable by the user and easily exportable so that people can share what works best for them.

The Blink presentation at the MICCA conference was quite interesting. I presented a background on Blink and a friend presented an educators perspective of how this could be used in the classroom. Neither of us knew what each other was presenting until that day. Being free, the software provides the educator the ability to download, learn, and develop screens to support their lesson plans. Being sharable, they can export and students import those screens. Some of the screens demonstrated the ability to teach math and develop poetry.

I've also received some feedback that will be added in future releases. Some of these features include additional screen customizations as well as allowing the clock to double as a countdown timer.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mouse Hack

For simplicity, Blink expects to see switch input as a left mouse click. Some switch input devices do this natively, others may require expensive, third party devices to perform the translation.

Of course with a little patience, some soldering skills, and some inexpensive parts, you can perform a simple mouse hack and do this on the cheap.

This is the approach I use to test Blink with switch input.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

We Have A User's Manual

So far, the largest gap in this effort has been the lack of a user's manual. That problem ends today.

Pamela Henry, a VME volunteer, put a considerable effort into developing and donating a manual to the Blink effort. The Blink Manual is available in the downloads section of the Blink site.

The manual is currently available in pdf format. When time permits, we plan on converting this to a web based format as well.

A special thanks goes to Pam and Volunteers for Medical Engineering, Inc. (VME) for this effort.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Blink Goes To JavaOne

We will be presenting Blink at this years JavaOne Developers Conference. This presentation was chosen from over 1,300 submitted abstracts.

This talk will provide an introduction to Blink, then take a deep dive into the technologies and implementations that make Blink work.

If you plan on attending this years JavaOne conference, please check out session TS-4182.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blink at MICCA

Over the winter holidays I demonstrated the Blink software to some friends. One of them, a teacher, was excited on how this software could help him in the classroom. Well, one thing led to another and we will be presenting Blink at the upcoming MICCA Conference, a conference for Maryland Educators Using Technology.

We are currently developing the presentation and will be posting it to the Blink site after the conference.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Welcome to "The Blink Blog", the place for all things Blink.

It's been very busy at Blink System, LLC as we prepare for our initial release of the Blink software. We are in the process of setting up the web site for software distribution and support, an alpha version of the software is now available for download, and we'll soon be introducing Blink to the world.

Stay tuned to "The Blink Blog" to find the latest status, events, news, and all things Blink.