Saturday, March 3, 2012

Firmware V3

We just released a new version of the firmware that allows you to visually identify who broke a build from across the room. To accomplish this V3 contains 71 LED patterns!

Ok, technically it only contains 11 truly unique ones, but most of them have seven variations: the main pattern followed by 0-6 blinks. To identify who broke the build from across the room simply assign a number to each developer.

So imagine you get up to fix a cup of coffee, you hear the sad trombone, you glance up to see the "Jarring Flash" LED pattern, then a pause, then three blinks, then back to "Jarring Flash". Oh crap, you're developer #3. Quick, better get back to work and fix it before anyone notices.

The 11 led patterns are:
  • SOS
  • Slow Pulse
  • Pulse
  • Chase
  • Dark Chase
  • Fade Chase
  • Random Fades
  • Random
  • Jarring Flash
  • Dim; and
  • 255
Patterns like Slow Pulse, Random Fades, and Dim would be excellent indicators that a build has been triggered, but not broken. These patterns then would be good to allow you to see who checked in from across the room.

Sadly we had to remove audio to fit these LED patterns in our (whopping) 32K of memory, so we could only fit the sad trombone into this version. But hey, shoot us a note if you'd like a custom firmware build and we'll see what we can do.

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