My last post was on how to extend the receiving range of your Ninja Block by adding an external antenna. For this post I came up with a better way to attach the ground and cleaned things up by drilling a hole to mount the antenna connector.
I love my Ninja Block, but because of the way it was designed, the ability for it to receive 433 Mhz signals from sensors is limited. This is due to the receiving antenna being a small helical antenna internal to the Ninja Block. Because of this, I was unable to receive the radio signals from sensors that were very low power transmitters at ranges beyond five meters.
I decided to hack the block to see if I could get better reception. Continue Reading
On the Ninja Blocks forum, FrankCologneasked how to use the Watts Clever sockets with the Ninja Remote app. I thought it would be a good idea to take some screenshots to help explain how to do it. So, here they are.
The last two weeks I spent on Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA taking a class on how to write programs for the Android platform. The class was very good and it was taught by Wei-Meng Lee, who has authored several books on mobile development.