What is it?

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!

The Pi Crust clicks right onto the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins and lets you plug in any standard Arduino shield!
 

 

Then, let's get Ninja-fying...

Grab your Raspberry Pi and run the following command:

wget -O - http://assets.ninjablocks.com/raspberrypi/install.sh | sudo bashecho "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.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Pi Crust?

    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.

  • What can I do with a Pi Crust?

    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!

  • Do I have to pay for Ninja Cloud?

    Nope-- Ninja Cloud is free!

  • How much is it?

    For the low low price of $49, you get the Pi Crust, 433 Mhz tranceiver, and the internet of things at your finger tips.

  • What is 433 mhz?

    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!

  • What's on the Pi Crust?

    The Pi Crust is powered by a 16Mhz Atmega328, 433 Mhz tranceiver, some resistors, some capacitors, and lots of love.

 

Sample Firmware

Useful Links