I know it’s geeky, but I’m into home automation stuff. I loved the Jetsons, and it’s stuck with me since then.
Which leads me to a sad announcement:
Ninja Blocks is closing up shop according to nextweb.com
The company was burning money and couldn’t line up new funding after a successful Kickstarter campaign, so they’re doing their best to wind down gracefully.
For the uninitiated, Ninja Blocks was to be an open home automation hub. As it turns out, they’re still releasing the software to the public in case anyone wants to pick up the torch and continue their initial work. And, they’re still going to send completed Spheres out to as many people as they can. But, I’m not sure how much consolation it is to own a home automation hub with no ongoing development or leveraging the potential of the hardware.
I especially like the idea of gesture support to do things, much easier than pulling out your phone and unlocking it:
Phones are fun, but you shouldn’t need to find it to pause the movie and turn the lights up. A bright, beautiful LED display and air gestures give you the control without needing to unlock your phone and find the right apps.
After all, the promise of home automation is having really great software to make you not realize that the hardware is there, working for you.
Fortunately though, there are a lot of other great home automation hubs out there that support any protocol you choose to go with,Z-wave, Zigbee, or Insteon. I was browsing the current offerings and found a nice composite review page that lists all of the good sources that are out there for the current home automation systems.
Personally, the Staples Connect system looks good. Here’s a detailed review. It has all of the protocol support you would love to have and some other like Bluetooth LE that not many devices even support yet.
What do you think? Am I the only person out there that thinks this stuff is neat?