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Mother

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As every year, the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (7-10 January, Las Vegas) is a hotspot where the world’s latest technological developments and discoveries are being showcased. This means: a lot of gadgets and innovations! Which is why we love it.

Without getting into too much depth, we would like to highlight one interesting gadget that received a lot of attention on day 1 of CES (yesterday) which is: Mother.

So what is Mother? Mother is a gadget that was developed by ‘Sense’ and is, as the company describes it, at the head of a family of small connected sensors that blend into your daily life to make it serene, healthy and pleasureable. Quite a promise I would say.

Mother is essentially an Internet of Things driven concept where you have one base station (called Mother – the white thing visualised above) which you connect to your home internet system, and which communicates wirelessly with sensors placed throughout your house (called cookies) which have the power to detect and understand the movements of objects and people. All of the data is gathered into an application which you can access through mobile devices and PC, and which sends you push notifications to keep you informed about your behaviour and that of your family.

So how can it help you? You could paste a cookie on your espresso machine and it will tell you how many espressos you had that day, you could paste one on your daughter’s toothbrush and it will tell you how often she brushes and for how long, or paste one on your door to track whenever it is opened (see images below).

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Similarly, the system can help you to find out whether your son took his medicine (put a cookie on his medicine box), whether you sleep well (put a cookie in your bedroom), and whether someone is home so you can lower the heating (put a cookie on your family members’ keyring). Like the image below shows, all data is collected and visualised in a clear way that help you to stay on top of yourself and your family!

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In other words, Mother will help you to transform your home into an interactive environment which empowers you to learn from people and objects in your home and which will help you to take care of yourself and the ones you care about. Price? $222 and available from upcoming spring!

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