Blinkit v3.4 | New device category added, It is now possible to blink your keyboards Caps, Scroll, and Numlock LED lights on Hive Blockchain actions.

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With Blinkit you can blink your devices, and trigger them when Hive blockchain actions occur. Use it to get sound and light notifications of new posts, followers, votes and more!

The previous released version of Blinkit v3.3 was about the integration of inexpensive Tasmota firmware compatible smart home devices.


Latest release

This new release of Blinkit has the following new functions and changes:


New device added

To have an even larger range of widely available supported devices, Blinkit can now blink the Caps, Scroll, and Num Lock LED lights of your keyboard independent of its brand or model.

In the device selection screen there is now besides the previously added devices, the option to select keyboards.

The same functionalities are added for this newly added device: Blink on new followers, votes and comments for a specified user, or on your favorite community activity.



Device selection screen with the newly supported device.



Function and setting for the keyboard LED light


Implementation

To make the lights turn on a VBS script is made and added to Blinkit, and can be edited with a (text) editor, in line with the other Blinkit code.

The Hive functions are identical from the before added devices, the settings are slightly different.

Smaller changes:

  • Updated the background image
  • Added to the top right of the screen a device icon to go back to device list.
  • Donate buttons open with default browser
  • Renamed files, Blinkit.hta is renamed to BlinkiUSB.hta to be more self explainable.
  • New icons for the supported devices.




How to use Blinkit

To use Blinkit, download the compressed files from Github and extract the content and put the Blinkit folder somewhere and run Blinkit.hta to start the interface.

(Make sure the path to the Blinkit folder does not contain any spaces, because it will result in a error and the program will not function properly)

When Blinkit is started you can press the edit buttons to set the Hive username you want to get notification on, you can set your own or someone else's username. And here you can set the light blink length, Hive Node and USB drive letter, where your USB flash drive is located at and that you want to blink. (or select another device to use.)

After you have edited the settings you can press the purple Blinkit button located at the bottom of the mainscreen to test blink your device, and if it blinked you then can press the start button next to the function you want to start.


Supported devices




Flash Drives

All USB flash drives are supported and any brand, you probably have one laying around, alternatively a USB Flash card reader can be used, or even a external HDD, but best are USB sticks, for example the Lexar S45 series have a very bright led light, and even some of the most common and inexpensive promotional USB drives have a bright LED light as well.


Keyboards

Blinkit can blink the Caps, Scroll, and Num Lock LED lights of your Laptop or USB keyboard independent of its brand or model.


Smarthome Devices

All Smart home devices that can run Tasmota firmware. (Tasmota is a open source firmware for ESP8266 devices such as inexpensive wifi light bulbs and wifi power socket switches.) (as well as other devices that can be toggled by web requests)



Technical details

This version of Blinkit is made for Windows 10 and uses batch scripts to interact with the hardware devices. HTA (HTML application) is used for the interface, this approach makes sure that the application will work without the use of heavy SDK's or compiled code.

All the scripts to interact with the devices, as well as the interface can be easily edited with just a text editor. and uses just HTML and CSS for the interface.


Contributing

Contributing is made easy because the coding and project approach is kept easy and straightforward, If you are interested in contributing to the Blinkit project, please find me in the Blinkit Discord server or leave a message under this post.


Please report bugs you may encounter so that they can be fixed.

Feedback is always very welcome, and helps to improve the Blinkit project, Thank you for your interest in the Blinkit project.



Blinkit on Github

Blinkit v3.4



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