@Seeds, my first thought was how many do I need to buy to tell slow left lane drivers to move right in the most snarky terms. I would put them in the rear window and drive 30mph in front of offenders after I finally got around them so they could know how it feels.
@NAFderwin This is truly inspiring and your write up is pretty funny too. Sadly I missed the name badges but I have a feeling that it cost you more then $14 to build this so maybe I’ll wait til they come back around again.
@craigthom I was given one of these several years ago. I contacted the company for hints about the bluetooth protocol so I could hack it and they were all “you can’t hack this – that would void the warranty.” Such a missed opportunity.
Oi Meh. Can you put some of those fancy arrows on the side of your pics so I can click through without trying to hit the dots? Or maybe there is some secret way to scroll through that I don’t know about?!?
Would be cool if they could be hacked to display stock prices or outside temperature or something but I’m too lazy to check. And I probably have enough parts laying around to make something similar anyway, but if I’m too lazy too look up information I’m obviously too lazy to actually do any work.
I’ve always wanted a larger size version of this for my car but have successfully resisted buying or building such. This success has likely contributed greatly to my reaching almost 55 years of age without becoming the source of a road rage news item.
@baqui63 I found online once that someone had made a version of that device Matt Helm (Dean Martin) used to talk into a microphone and display scrolling text along the back of his car. It was a funny fanciful device fifty years ago, but now all the technology is commonplace.
I knew there was a reason I check Meh daily despite not buying anything for over two years. I work at a rescue where the cats free-roam, except for select rooms and “suites” for some that need more alone time. Because of how we get cats surrendered to us most rooms can hold anything; we’ll put signs up, but often these are small and regular 12pt font (we have a standard list format.)
So these things would be amazing to have for labeling rooms and one-offs to attract attention. Or yell at guests to sign in. And we could also use them for our yearly auction.
I’ll have to figure out how to best deal with the keeping the batteries charged, but I am totally in for three… er, six?
@januarymick HOLY CRAP!! I thought I was the only one coping with this same struggle/ realization! Fortunately & very unfortunately (depending) there are all too many times that I have been checking my nightly Meh! after a couple cocktails or just pure happiness/excitement from being off work, and let me tell you…the PAUSED DEALS have saved me so much money. That time to really think (or sober up) has helped me too many times…if I weren’t so greedy & compulsive, I’d say Meh should implement that everyday! But alas…
I really want these… I don’t know why. Light up things that are programmable are my nemesis. I’ve been pondering for an hour about what I could actually use them for. I have one that looks like a little rocket ship on a chain that you spin and all this pondering made me realize that I could probably attach it to my bike wheel and it would light up. So there’s that.
@craigthom I actually have a lcd message board like this. It was made for Target as one of their seasonal gift items in the mens department. It came with a cigarette plug for power and an ir remote to enter messages and select between a few of them. I repurposed it for my christmas lights to tell cars which radio station to use to hear the music.
Ordered a pair this morning. I plan to use one of them at work with my current status by my office door since most people seem to ignore the whiteboard sign (“In a meeting” “Video conference” Etc.) Yes, this can be ignored too but it’s more likely to be seen.
@4771cu5 Yeah, it crashes when I try to load it on my Pixel XL, the app will load on my wife’s Galaxy S8 but crashes when I try to save. I cant find my old Tablet or Galaxy S3 to try it out but the hunt is on.
@craigthom 1) it won’t pair with oreo, 2) Other blue tooth items I have have unique bluetooth names/ signatures (meh purchased eclipse speakers) and I can run them together without having to connect and disconnect.
@jml326 1) Incompatibility with Oreo has nothing to do with needing to connect two at the same time.
This uses Bluetooth LE, which is not the same as the standard Bluetooth that speakers use. In particular, it doesn’t support streaming audio.
No connection is needed to run them. The connection is only needed when uploading or downloading sets of messages. They run fine without the connection. This isn’t designed for a continuous Bluetooth connection.
If your goal is to sit there and push new messages to them continuously, then, yes, having to disconnect them is a drawback. I can’t see how that would be useful, since you can program them with eight messages each.
Running the Bluetooth radio continuously will also shorten battery life, although Bluetooth LE uses a lot less power than standard Bluetooth.
@craigthom Well, maybe I’m missing something. The only way I can see to play the 8 messages is to hit the button on the back of the smart badge so the 8 messages do me no good unless I can also switch between them on the app.
Let’s say I want this in the rear window of my car to send messages of hate/love to other drives. eight messages doesn’t work when I have to hit that little botton to select the message
Also, I have to keep hitting that little button on the back to link the app to the badge. Compared to them linking automatically when they see each other
@jml326 What good would it be to display a specific message to the person behind you if you had to stop your car to change it? You would stop the car before messing with a phone app, wouldn’t you?
These were designed to be name tags, to be reprogrammed from time to time, not to be continuously variable displays. There are plenty of cheap displays out there designed specifically for rear window messages.
The Bluetooth protocol they used is not intended for a continuous connections, anyway. This is not like headphones or speakers.
@craigthom That’s my point I don’t want to stop to change it. I also don’t want to have to connect and disconnect the way they have it set up. Look you’re over analyzing this, to begin with. To me I expected a different Bluetooth set up. I didn’t get it. I expect the app to be able to switch between the messages. I can’t. I want this app to work on my phone. It doesn’t. I love the idea and will use it somewhere else for something fun.
@jml326 Folks like you are the reason it takes each car 1-2 seconds before they react to a green light. If you’re the 11th car in line, the people playing on their phones in front of you just added like 10-20 seconds onto your commute per stoplight. Very annoying.
OK, it was easy to snap open, and the switches are mounted on the PCB and go through holes on the back cover. No glue was holding the back cover to the bezel.
It’s got six HA595 shift registers and a little rechargeable battery. The LEDs appear to be mounted directly on the back (or front, I guess) of the PCB.
The business part is a little breakout board mounted to the main board. My eyes aren’t what they used to be, and I don’t have sufficient magnification, but the chip seems to be a CC2640 Bluetooth LE microcontroller.
The antenna is on the back cover, but it connects to the little microcontroller board with spring contacts, so it didn’t break when I snapped it open.
I was even able to snap it back together without damaging anything!
I have up-to-date Android (8.1.0) and the Ion app does not work. The badge also seems to need the app in order to pair with my phone. If anyone figures out how to make this work please post it here! Is there any way to program the badge by connecting it to a computer? Is there a Smart Badge App that works on an iPad?
When you are trying to pair up first try and it will not connect to the badge will say access denied then go to your app and hit connect, It will connect immediately with your message, the app also has plenty of options, Their 30 bucks + shipping on the Ion site so 7 bucks delivered is a steal they are actually worth full price in my humble opinion.
Dang it, looks like one of mine is dead. It does nothing when I turn it on. When I plug it in, the charging symbol appears and it eventually says it’s full. But then I try turning it on and it does nothing. Any ideas for me?
I actually never downloaded it initially and now its gone… i can see why they unloaded them. I wonder if meh knew app support is dwindling.
Was there link to app originally in the write up or description?