Almost all of our devices are wireless, and with enough hacking and modifications, one device controls the other that controls another. Picking-up with current technology, and anticipating the future, the Ninja Sphere commits to almost complete control of your environment.
Using Bluetooth, WiFi, and Zigbee personal area network protocols, the Ninja Sphere can manage and monitor your home or whatever environment you want to supervise.
Basic environmental control with the Ninja Sphere consists of monitoring temperature and humidity in your house and whether or not windows and doors are secure or open. But with even just a little bit of augmentation, the Ninja Sphere can sense motion, notify you of important data on other platforms, and track the location of your wallet, your dog, or your child, if necessary.
Using Bluetooth tags that you can attach to just about anything, the Ninja Sphere will display location data on the browser-based user interface for your piece of mind. If you attach the tags to specifically valuable items, and assign the items an alert in case of theft, the Ninja Sphere will track these objects and notify you when they’re being moved, even if it’s an authorized relocation.
The Ninja Sphere will even enable gesture control of certain “smart” devices that are equipped with one of the appropriate wireless connections. If your home lighting is outfitted with Philips Hue bulbs, for instance, you can control lighting texture with the Ninja Sphere just by waving your hand around in whatever pattern is set to a certain software function.
The team who designed the Ninja Sphere, and they’re earlier project Ninja Blocks, refer to it as “future proof.” With its abundant use of open source drivers, the Ninja Sphere can partner with other software and hardware to expand its range of environmental control.
The Ninja Sphere is still a fund-able Kickstarter project, but the team has already managed to configure it with Ubi, or the ubiquitous computer. Ubi uses voice-activation to call friends or source search queries. But with the Ninja Sphere and Ubi combination, you could possibly control every device in your house that is already connected to the Ninja Sphere with Ubi’s voice-activation. Ask Ubi to turn off your lights, and the Ninja Sphere will take notice from Ubi to do so.
If the Internet of Things is present and future, than the Ninja Sphere will take advantage and make good use of wireless connection. The Ninja Sphere will make home management a fluid process. With all the open source advantages of adding devices and rules for management, the Ninja Sphere could expand into the kind of computer used for diagnosing problems with sophisticated machinery. Responding to mechanical issues in your house could be instantaneous without any hassle or time wasted trying to figure out what went wrong. The Ninja Sphere is a practical application of future smart house technology.
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Photo Credit: Ninja Blocks
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