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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:34 PM

This little ninja could control the world
By Tim Conneally


There are ups and downs to trying out new software and apps and web services every day. On the up side, you discover lots of things that simplify your life. On the down side, they often only simplify one thing, and don't integrate with the rest of the things in your life. This is why services like If This Then That (IFTTT) feel essential; they force these disparate services to play nicely with one another to simplify your life even further.

Ninja Blocks serves a similar purpose, but jumps an even bigger gap.

Instead of connecting apps together, it connects the real world with apps and the cloud. A small, open source hardware unit powers a bunch of different sensors: Light, Humidity, Distance, Motion, Push button, and so forth, and actions read by those sensors then trigger actions in different Web apps like Twitter, Facebook, Google Docs, SMS/Phone, Xbox Live, Dropbox.

For example, if a motion sensor connected to the Ninja Blocks hardware sees motion, it can snap a picture with a webcam and text it to you, or if it hears a sound like the doorbell ringing when you're not home, it can display a message on an LCD screen in your window. The possibilities are actually a lot cooler than my bad example, and that's why the Ninja Blocks kickstarter was fully funded within 72 hours of launching at the end of January.

More: http://betanews.com/...trol-the-world/