The Ninja seems to be feeding on the same developer and user zeal for simple, low-cost open source computers that fuelled this week's extraordinary interest in the Raspberry Pi and to a lesser extent, the Norwegian-developed Cotton Candy. However Unlike the Raspberry Pi the Ninja is designed as a commercial project built from open source components.
A demo of the Ninja turning on a heating system remotely using voice commands through Apple's Siri can be found on the development website. Users create rules to perform desired actions via a cloud portal. Source repositories are online at github.
"We will sell Ninja Blocks and Ninja cloud. By keeping the hardware and the software running on the Ninja Blocks open source, we hope to attract developers. We will also be creating a public API," promised lead Ninja developer, Marcus Schappi.