10 Devices for a Smarter Home

A tech-savvy home can manage your day-to-day needs, even when you’re on vacation. Boosting your house’s brainpower just got easier.

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Mother

The best moms hand out both reminders and sweets—which makes this sensor package a credible electronic substitute. “Mother” is actually a central hub (emblazoned with a smiling face) that monitors four small reprogrammable “motion cookies,” which attach to household objects and offer an admirable variety of uses: keeping tabs on the front door (or your child’s backpack), tracking exercise routines and sleep patterns and even reminding you to take your medication or buy coffee refills. Mother sends alerts by text, e-mail or phone; there are a dozen applications available now, with more in the works. $300; sensemother.com.