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Mother is a programmable device that works as a hub for many small connected sensors. The device's tagline, "Mother knows everything," is, admittedly, a little creepy, but the multipurpose sensors (called Motion Cookies), which detect and understand many different things, can be useful.

Need a reminder to take your pills? Attach a Motion Cookie to your pill box. Wondering if the kids actually brushed their teeth? Affix a Motion Cookie to your daughter or son's toothbrush. Want to save money on heating? Lower the thermostat when no one's home.

Mother plugs into an outlet and an Internet router, and Motion Cookies are tuned to the same range as your home's WiFi network. When they're away from the home, Cookies can save up to 10 days of events.

The kit (one Mother and a pack of four Cookies) will ship in Spring 2014 for $222.


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