The Ninja Block is controlled with “if this then that” style tasks and connects your things to the web (Dropbox, Twitter, & more).
The internet of things for the rest of us.
Want to bridge the things in your life with the web? Maybe you want to get an alert when your friends are playing on Xbox Live, or send an SMS to your phone when someone is at your front door. Even if you're an electronics expert, or a programming prodigy, these are complex, finicky projects. Ninja Blocks puts aside the complexity of electronics, networking, and coding and allows you to focus on creating.
A Ninja Block (with old style case) with Motion Sensor connected. Checkout our new sexy cases here.
Connect your Ninja Block (with old style case) to your favorite web apps using Ninja Cloud. Checkout our new sexy cases here.
This is the Internet of Things the way it should be: Ninja Cloud is seamlessly integrated into your Ninja Blocks, allowing them to easily listen and talk to web services such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Weather and more.
How it all works
Ninja Blocks are simple but powerful open source hardware backed by an amazing web service called Ninja Cloud that allows your Ninja Block to talk to your favorite web apps.
Each Ninja Block comes with an RGB LED and built-in temperature sensor and accelerometer. Four expansion ports and a regular USB port allow you to add further inputs and outputs.
Ninja Cloud allows you to control your Ninja Blocks without writing a single line of code.
Ninja Cloud allows you to program your NInja Block by creating Tasks. Tasks are made up of Triggers and Actions.
You can tell your Ninja to perform tasks like:
- Talk to Siri and turn on the light
- Take a picture of your front yard and save it to Dropbox when movement is detected
- Switch your lava lamp on whenever your friends are playing on Xbox Live
- Get a notification on your phone when a package is left at your door
- If your baby is crying turn on a lamp in the hallway
- "Movement has been detected"
- "The temperature has risen above"
- "You've been tagged in a photo on Facebook"
- "You've sent a new tweet"
- "A button has been pushed"
- "Sound is detected"
- "Your friend has checked in"
- "Display text on an LCD display"
- "Play a sound"
- "Send a tweet"
- "Open a relay"
- "Turn on a light"
- "Send an SMS to my phone"
- "Post a message on Facebook"
Triggers and Actions come from Channels. Channels are your favorite web apps, as well as the sensors and actuators connected to your Ninja Block.
Built-in Ninja Block Triggers
With a built-in accelerometer (senses movement) and thermometer (senses temperature). With additional external sensors, Ninja Blocks can sense current, humidity, motion, distance, sound, light and even capture video. We will be developing many more sensors over the next few months.
Built-in Ninja Block Actions
Each Ninja Block comes with a built-in RGB LED for notifications. Four additional expansion ports allow your Ninja Block to affect its surroundings by controlling lights, infra-red, relays, motors, and other actuators.
Integrate with your Favorite Web Apps
Ninja Blocks will launch with support for:
- Google Docs
- SMS and Phone
- Xbox Live
Soon after we hope to integrate with Siri, RSS, Weather and more!
With a built-in ethernet port, getting your Ninja Block online is a snap. If you want to go wireless, our built-in USB port will support Wifi and other wireless modules.
A Naked Ninja (with Open Hardware Stamp)
Ninja Blocks are Open Hardware. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Unported license and supports the Open Hardware Definition 1.0, you are free to download and adapt them to your needs.
Simple To Set Up
Ninja Blocks are easy to use, and setting one up is no exception. Just plug your Ninja Block into your network via ethernet and in your Web Browser go to ninjablocks.com. Your Ninja Block is now ready to command!
Initially, we have developed 5 sensors and we have many more in design. The 5 additional sensors we have developed for our Kickstarter project are:
- Light - Use this to sense when a light is turned on/off
- Humidity - Check the moisture of a room
- Distance - Measure when something come close (like a door opening)
- Motion - Check for movement
- Push Button - Perfect for using as a trigger to turn things on and off
More on our sensors can be seen on the Ninja Blocks Blog.
What's the money for?
Backers of this project will be helping to create the first production run of Ninja Blocks. Your pledges will enable us to move forward and create more sensors, actuators and add support for more of your favourite web applications!
Every $1 will help us make Ninja Blocks better!
Where to next?
This Kickstarter Project will allow us to put the final polish on our prototypes and be able to afford the tooling and parts needed for production. We can't wait to get Ninja Blocks into your hands and see what you do with them!
Thanks for taking the time to check out Ninja Blocks! As always if you have any questions or queries whatsoever, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Don't forget to check back often for project updates as the development continues!
We will make Ninja Blocks available shortly. Sign up to our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/if5ZA to get notified when Ninja Blocks becomes available for sale.
We have several power options.
AA/AAA batter packs. Mini USB and a power plug - These need to run at 5V