Things have been crazy here at Ninja Blocks, but we thought we’d show something we’ve been playing with (and by the way, this may be the first Ninja driver written in a car! Big milestone!).
So you can add a lot to your Sphere already: lights, AC units, TVs, etc. But, all of these things live inside your home. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could add your CAR to your Sphere? At Ninja Blocks, we think mechanics shouldn’t have all the fun. What if you could see how many miles you’ve traveled and much gas you’ve consumed over time? Parents can use it to make sure their kid’s cars are running ok, employees can use it to automatically track the mileage on their company car. Whenever your car broadcasts an error code, you’ll get an alert and a link to see more information. This means you can fix your car before it becomes an even bigger issue! Not only that, but you can go to your mechanic armed with a bit more information on what's happening.
To accomplish this, we installed an off the shelf adapter into our test car. Installation took approximately 15 seconds-- we simply plugged in the adapter, ran a tiny Ninja Block driver and watched all the streaming data appear on the dashboard! If you'd like to follow along, you can buy just about any bluetooth ODB adapter. We bought this cheapie from Deal Extreme.
Our humble ODB2 adapter
So on our Friday afternoon beer run, we decided to test it all out. We could see live data about speed, acceleration, temperature, and much more! Whenever our phone or Ninja Block is near our car, we get any bad error codes sent directly to the dashboard.
Ninja dashboard with car acceleration, load, RPMs, temp, etc.
Raspberry Pi and Arduino are both amazing platforms. Here at Ninja Blocks, we think they should be friends. That's why we created the Pi Crust.
The Pi Crust combines the power of the Raspberry Pi and the simplicity of the Arduino. Combined with our 433MHz transceiver, you can hook up sensors and interact with the world via the internet without the pain!
Complete hardware and software kit helps LED lighting manufacturers add control with remote or cloud connectivity Download image Texas Instruments Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Texas Instruments Incorporated) DALLAS, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments…
We're proud to announce the public beta release of a new version of the Ninja Blocks Dashboard.
The new dashboard is a complete rewrite of our previous frontend dashboard and aims to empower end users to have better control over their user experience with their devices through an advanced widget system integrated within the Ninja Blocks platform
We understand that the range of widgets available to the beta dashboard is limited for now as most of our work thus far has been focused on enabling the environment to support the above features. Rest assured, we will be constantly improving the available widgets and overall beta dashboard over time and moving towards more advanced features.
Recently Ninja Blocks sent me to DBX2013 to create a carnival game- a 'High Striker'. Folks would pound a hammer on a pad and try to reach the top, passing design phases as they went. If they reached the top, they 'Shipped It' and won free space on Dropbox.
Bad news for the April Ninja kit batch. Its been delayed again. We now expect them to ship on 21 May. We have upgraded shipping to USPS Priority for the US and DHL Express for Europe which are both relatively reliable 5 days services. People in other countries will get a discount coupon if we can’t find a reasonable shipping option.
You would think that things would be getting smooth by our fourth batch! Unfortunately not so much. A lot of the responsibility falls to us, assuming that delivery times would be similar to previous batches (not so much). This pushed back assembly into a national holiday week, and finally to make matters worse the temperature/humidity sensors failed QA on mass.
We were aiming to ship on 14 April, however it will now be around 21 May. We are paying for faster shipping for the US and Europe so with luck the kits will still arrive by the end of May only slightly later than they would have with standard shipping.
For future Ninjas outside Europe and the US we are investigating better options, if we can’t find a reasonable shipping option we’ll send you a discount coupon instead along with our apologies.
You will receive an email once your order has been dispatched with a Tracking and or delivery receipt number.
Please accept our deepest apologies. We understand that you may want to cancel your order, if so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by the 10th of May.
Just wanted to announce that we've drastically improved the rules engine, including many new features and performance/reliability fixes. In no particular order: