We've all been there. You're sitting comfortably on the couch, and you want to turn the lights off or the fan on. Perhaps you're expecting an important package, and you need to get up often to see if it has arrived. Ninja Blocks have been thrilling couch potatoes since their creators received Kickstarter funding in March 2012. Based on the original BeagleBone, Ninja Blocks help automate your home and your life. They can integrate motion, temperature, humidity, window, and door contact sensors to let you do things like turn on lights and appliances. They can send alerts to your phone when people or packages are at your front door, and they can notify you when your friends join Xbox live. With Ninja Blocks, the Internet of Things can easily
be brought to any home.