Ninja Blocks are cloud enabled computers that can sense their environment and affect their surroundings.
In a trend from our Future of Home Living report we’re calling Responsive Systems, where Internet-enabled products are delivering greater convenience and efficiency to people’s lives by informing residents about performance, condition and needs of the home and the things within it, we have identified the following manifestation.
Ninja Blocks are tiny cloud enabled computers that can sense their environment by receiving input from sensors, and can affect their surroundings by controlling lights, power sockets, and other actuators. Each block comes equipped with a built-in accelerometer that senses movement, a thermometer, and additional external sensors that can sense current, humidity, motion, distance, sound, light and even capture video. Using the Ninja Rules app, owners can turn lights and appliances on and off, get alerts for things like their wash and monitor their home all without writing any code. Ninja Blocks also includes a built-in RGB LED for notifications, and four additional expansion ports that allow it to control other devices and systems.
Products such as the Ninja Blocks that can sense and ‘learn’ the environment around them fall under a larger theme we’re calling Adaptive, which examines how customizable solutions for the home are being designed to accommodate a wider range of needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.
PSFK has announced the latest in a series of trend reports. Following studies into retail, social media, gaming, work and mobile, the PSFK Labs consulting team have generated the Future of Home Living report. That report manifests as a free summary presentation, an in-depth downloadable PDF and an exhibition in New York City that runs to August 16.
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