The idea behind Ninja Blocks is to make it possible to connect a series of sensors to the web without any serious electronic skills or programming experience. You plug in the Ninja Block, add sensors and output to the Web or to other real-world devices. Welcome to the Internet of Things.
With a built-in accelerometer and thermometer, a Ninja Block can sense its environment out of the box. With additional external sensors, Ninja Blocks can sense current, humidity, motion, distance, sound, light and even capture video. Output can be to web services such as Twitter, Facebook or Dropbox; or to lights, motors, and other actuators through expansion ports. So without being an electronics whiz you can have your house tell you how warm it is, be tweeted when the doorbell goes, receive an SMS when your child plays on the Xbox. The possibilities seem to be limited mostly by the user’s imagination. And it’s all wonderfully open-source, so it can be extended almost indefinitely.
via Wierd.com/geekdad [view source to see video]