Ninja Blocks, a Sydney start-up company that was founded by Marcus Schappi with co-founders wife Madeleine and Mark Wotton in January 2012, has amazing gadgets called the Ninja Block and the Ninja Sphere, which are essentially "remote controls" for the home. The company has attracted funding of up to $1 million from companies such as Atlassian Software founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes.
The Ninja Block costs $200. It contains boxes with sensors that can connect one's home to the Internet as well as detect humidity, temperature and motion in the house.
It also allows homeowners to know when the windows and doors are opened and whether or not the doorbell has been rung. Plus, it can send an SMS to owner's phone when someone is at their front door, and it even lets homeowners turn on the lights when they're not at home.
It can do a lot of other cool things such as take a picture of the room with a webcam if it detects motion in the house and then it can email the photo to the homeowner. It can also open the blinds, turn on the music and wake an owner up. Check out the Ninja Block by clicking here.
Ninja Blocks CEO Daniel Friedman commented on the quick success of his company which has already sold about 4,000 Ninja Blocks around the world.
"We think that that's absolutely fantastic, given that most of our sales come from word of mouth and organic growth," Mr Friedman said in a Sydney Morning Herald report.
Meanwhile, Ninja Blocks just launched the Ninja Sphere which is a version that is more consumer friendly than the original Ninja Block on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. The Ninja Sphere can automatically connect Wi-Fi devices in the house after detecting it. Also, it can help locate lost or misplaced things in one's home, such as keys, glasses or wallets using a Bluetooth tag. More importantly, it acts as a super secure, high tech and efficient home security system, just like the Ninja Block. The Ninja Sphere has reportedly sold more than $100,000 worth of the $200 boxes.
Click here to check out the video of Ninja Sphere from the Kickstarter page.
The Ninja Blocks and Ninja Sphere "remote controls" for the home have not only attracted funding from Atlassian Software founders but also from other companies. It currently has 959 backers supporting them. Ninja Blocks runs on "open source software" which allows users to connect the Ninja Block and the Ninja Sphere to any device.
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