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!
Grab your Raspberry Pi and run the following command:
wget -O - http://assets.ninjablocks.com/raspberrypi/install.sh | sudo bash
echo "deb http://releases.ninjablocks.com/ wheezy beta" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ninjablocks.list apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 0E86E52B682BF664 apt-get update apt-get install -y ninjablock
This will add our apt-repo and pull down the necessary packages to turn your Pi into a Ninja Block. We have tested this with recent Raspbian images.
This video guides you through connecting the Pi Crust to your Raspberry Pi, code installation, and pairing of the device to the platform.
In this video Justy takes you through 2 ways in order to flash the Pi Crust with custom firmware.
Once you have paired your Raspberry Pi, follow this guide to install drivers for other connected devices. Drivers allow control of your wireless power points, smart bulbs, quadcopters, sensors, and anything else you can think of. If you'd like to write your own driver, our Developer Quickstarts can explain everything you'll need to get started.
The Pi Crust is an add on board to the Raspberry Pi. It allows you to interact with sensors, actuators, and many other devices easily. Sensors and actuators can easily be configured and managed from the Ninja Cloud Platform. Normal Raspberry Pi functionality is not affected.
Turn off power points from your phone, catch up on what your kitty is doing from work, make an LED art installation, save money by turning off devices you're not using, maintain constant temperature in your wine cellar, receive a text message when somebody enters your room.... The possibilities are endless!
Nope-- Ninja Cloud is free!
For the low low price of $49, you get the Pi Crust, 433 Mhz tranceiver, and the internet of things at your finger tips.
433 mhz is a frequency band that a lot of devices use to communicate. Wireless power points, temperature/humidity sensors, door sensors, wireless buttons and many many more. The benefit of using 433mhz is that these devices are very inexpensive which allows you guys to play without much added cost!
The Pi Crust is powered by a 16Mhz Atmega328, 433 Mhz tranceiver, some resistors, some capacitors, and lots of love.