Home Happenings

In the information age, data is life. How much? When? How often? Thanks to Mother, you can now capture data about anything and everything in your home. Mother is a hub with “motion cookies” that will track everything from appliance use to opening doors to brushing teeth. The thumb drive-sized cookies have 3-axis accelerometers and temperature sensors that provide endless possibilities for collecting data. Attach the cookies to anything you want to track, and ask Mother to keep a watch. She’ll send data to your smartphone or computer, and will even notify you whenever a particular event happens. Use the cookies to measure activity or sleep quality, give you a call when a door is open, or send a text message when the basement is getting too cold for the pipes. Want to know whether a loved one has taken their medication? Need a reminder of when to water the plants? Want to see how long your kids are brushing their teeth? However you want to use this handy home monitor, Mother’s got it covered.

Mother

Home Monitoring Hub

Home Happenings

In the information age, data is life. How much? When? How often? Thanks to Mother, you can now capture data about anything and everything in your home. Mother is a hub with “motion cookies” that will track everything from appliance use to opening doors to brushing teeth. The thumb drive-sized cookies have 3-axis accelerometers and temperature sensors that provide endless possibilities for collecting data. Attach the cookies to anything you want to track, and ask Mother to keep a watch. She’ll send data to your smartphone or computer, and will even notify you whenever a particular event happens. Use the cookies to measure activity or sleep quality, give you a call when a door is open, or send a text message when the basement is getting too cold for the pipes. Want to know whether a loved one has taken their medication? Need a reminder of when to water the plants? Want to see how long your kids are brushing their teeth? However you want to use this handy home monitor, Mother’s got it covered.
Tech & Innovation

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Rafi
    Rafi

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to launch Mother on The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

  • Camille
    Camille
    5/8/2015 12:05 PM

    So can I use this to monitor every time my daughter opens the refrigerator or pantry door?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:15 PM

    @Camille yes you can do that. you will either receive a notification on your smartphone (or texte message, or email) or look at the chart showing all the times the fridge door has been opened.

    But once you are no more interested in monitoring your refrigerator, you will be able to use that sensor of lots of other functions.

  • Camille
    Camille
    5/8/2015 12:16 PM

    @Rafi Thank you!

  • john
    john
    5/8/2015 12:14 PM

    I see the monitor comes with 4 cookies. how many cookies can a base track and if more than 4, how much are additional cookies?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:16 PM

    @john one Mother hub can handle up to 24 cookies simultaneously. The extra box of 4 cookies is 159$

  • Elana
    Elana
    5/8/2015 12:28 PM

    Do the cookies need to remain on the home wifi network to collect data? Or can they be used out in the world and sync the data when they return to the wifi network?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:31 PM

    @Elana Cookies will send data in real time when they a re at home within the range of the Mother hub. When they get out of the house (for instance when you use them to track your daily activity, the number of steps you make etc.), Cookies will store the data and upload it as soon as the come within the rach of a Mother hub.

    Cookies can store up to 20 days of data.

  • J
    J
    5/8/2015 12:55 PM

    @Rafi

  • J
    J
    5/8/2015 12:57 PM

    Good Lord! Talk about a 'nanny state'. Doesn't anyone feel the need to escape from all this data input?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:00 PM

    @J Everybody can use the Cookies to monitor only things that he feels are important for her or him and stop doing it anytime. We have made versatile sensors to let everybody free to decide what they need and change their mind as often as they wish.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    5/8/2015 3:25 PM

    I don't exactly disagree with J, but i think that J doesn't know the difficulties a lot of people face. I think it is great to be able to tell your parent, Yes! You took your medication rather than risk an overdose, or say if they are a diabetic, they can help them keep track of good self medication skills. It's a tool! Great [email protected]

  • et
    et
    5/8/2015 1:02 PM

    Hubs has serious meds. How does this work for that and can results be shared with medical team

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:09 PM

    @et Some of the Apps (such as the one that makes sure that Pills are taken on time, or that enough water is drunk everyday) let you designate third parties that will receive real time notifications if Pills are not take on time for instance. You can also ask to send weekly reports by email to third parties.

  • Dawn
    Dawn
    5/8/2015 1:23 PM

    This has terrific possibilities for the life we lead. Here's the one in the forefront of my thoughts. We travel in the winter and I'm wondering if we would need two mothers to track temperatures; one at home to let us know if the pipes could freeze and one in the RV to let us know if the dog is going to roast if we lose the A/C. What are the possibilities?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:25 PM

    @Dawn you need to connect a Mother hub in every different location where you want to continuously monitor data. So if you want to monitor temperature at two locations, you will need two Mother hubs.

  • Gayle
    Gayle
    5/8/2015 1:39 PM

    I have sleep apnea, when the Mother monitors sleep, is it for the apnea? I also have Restless Leg Syndrome, will it tell me how often I moved my legs?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:44 PM

    @Gayle no, unfortunately will not detect sleep apnea. it will record your bed and wake up times and analyze the quality of your sleep and wake you up at the best time in the morning so that you feel refreshed and rested.

    Cookies can definitely record the movements of your leg. You need to put the cookie in your pants pocket or attach it close to your leg.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    5/8/2015 3:42 PM

    Hi, Rafi, after reading a lot of these comments about people not wanting their privacy invaded, which I am in total agreement, i have a suggestion. I used to work in the medical field and I think if you research who might have a greater need for some of the cookies potential, what a market you'd have @Rafi

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 1:43 PM

    You mentioned dogs and i want to make certain that they could work for my cats. I have a tabby, Mr Whiskers, that does not move much but does clean himself often (good cat!) - would these cookies be an issue with a little cat spital. I also have a calico that is quite frisky - he loves to wander the neightborhood and have good feline fun - what is the range of the cookie. Finally, i have a neighbor - i call him Mr Grumpy Pants - who really has a not so nice boston terrier - should i put a cookie on his backdoor so i know when fido is out or would you recommend putting on the terrier. is it discrete enough that my neighbor would not notice?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:50 PM

    @Susan We have mainly conducted tests with dogs, measuring how often and how intense their activity was, but Cookies have not been tested to measure cat's activity yet.

    You could attach a cookie to your cat to be notified when he leaves home to wander the neighborhood and when it gets back. The Mother's range is 300 feet outdoors (60 feets indoor).

    Please note that we don't recommend using cookies with other people without their full agreement, so you can't monitor your neighbors door without his agreement. Not sure he will be OK.

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 1:59 PM

    thank you for your quick response :o). I might try the cookies on my cats - i have to determine which colors they like the most. if i were to put the cookie on a spare garden gnome close to Mr GP (grumpy pants) - is that a better way to manage his terrible terriers outdoor jaunts? @Rafi

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 2:46 PM

    Hi Susan, I'm not sure that would work unless Mr. Grumpy Pants' terriers continually walk by the gnome.

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 1:49 PM

    Wow, um, a little too Orwellian for me. I don't need my family's every action monitored and kept track of. Very VERY disturbing. I teach my children how to behave, I don't need to spy on them. Our front door should be a shield to this new Surveillance Society. Did no one read 1984?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:54 PM

    @James Mother is an open tool to let people choose what they want to monitor. Some people are good at taking care of their plants, others need to be reminded. Some people, unfortunately often forget to take their pills. It's not a matter of surveillance, Cookies simply help with things we think we need help with. Everybody has different (and shifting needs).

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 2:00 PM

    James - i know my cats misbehave - and i bet your children do to (we all have a little cat in us). My guess is this mother will just help you ensure they do not get into the catnip more than expected ;-)[email protected]

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 2:33 PM

    Little by little our privacy is disappearing, and devices like this lure us into believing we need to be constantly watched. With just the right persuasive presentation you can convince yourself that you need to be watched in the bathroom, in the shower, while dressing and during love-making. I don't want my boss constantly looking over my shoulder, nor would I want my children to grow up with that same constantly spied-on sensation. Do you? We have had plants and children since the beginning of time, and we have calendars and 'To Do" lists to remind us of things that need to be done; do we really need every single aspect of our life permanently burned into a data collection device and bubble wrap our children? Perhaps such a forgetful person shouldn't be trusted with plants and children in the first place.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 2:36 PM

    @James I have similar concerns about the need to be monitored at all. It isn't ideal, it isn't wanted. Personally, I classify myself as an analog guy. I don't own a fitness tracker, I prefer to talk on the phone than email or text. Books > Technology. End of story.

    Life is less invasive when we aren't constantly worried about our productivity or how many pointless steps we've taken.

    But, it's my job here at The Grommet to find and share the most technologically advanced products available on the market today, that work and are easy to use. While we don't expect these kinds of products to be for everyone, we do think they're thought provoking and controversial enough to spark a conversation about what our future might and should look like.

    Mother is just that. While you may not need or want to monitor every aspect of your life, there are people that do. Much like the founder, he couldn't always keep tabs on whether or not his mom was taking her medication. That's the kind of monitoring we're interested in. It's not monitoring for the sake of monitoring and being "Big Brother". It's monitoring for the sake of peace of mind.

  • Danna
    Danna
    5/8/2015 3:31 PM

    @Ryan I know many feel this is a horrible invention but most people don't have an elderly person they are caring for especially one with Alzheimer disease. People with this disease forget everything and also tend to become flight risks which unfortunately seem to happen in the middle of the night. I find this to new invention to be a perfect answer for people like me. I can barely remember where I laid my keys let alone every single thing my mother needs. Did she take her pills, did she drink enough water today, is she sleeping well, and especially when I am asleep is she making a break for the street at 3am in the morning. To me this is a huge answer for so many problems we are facing with her care. This item could help delay the need for a care home for her and help me to care for her better when my own busy life gets in the way. Of course I can't afford it at the moment but this new gadget has moved to the top of my wish list.

    So to those of you who hate this kind of personal monitoring ....well don't buy it. But for those of us dealing with mental disease, and the dangers that come with mishaps along the way, we have been waiting for something like this.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 4:29 PM

    We're glad Mother can be of help to you, Danna. What it excels best at is providing peace of mind as Ryan says. Here's hoping it does that for you when you receive yours!

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 4:38 PM

    I just think if you are not being naughty, you have nothing to hide. My mother always told me to act as if your grandfather was watching - and i still live by that rule. I also know that i will eventually be judged by my actions. I personally would not have any issues with my cats or myself being watched. i think you would find i live a pretty harmonious [email protected]

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 5:25 PM

    Outside of your misadventures with Mr. Grumpy Pants, it sounds like you and Mr. Whiskers are living it up!

  • Joe
    Joe
    5/8/2015 2:14 PM

    As great as this product is now, imagine it in 5-10 years when the cookies are the size of a bean and you can monitor hundreds of events.

    I can't wait.

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 2:34 PM

    @Joe

    How utterly terrifying.

  • Danna
    Danna
    5/8/2015 3:50 PM

    @James not terrifying when I know I could actually hide a pill sized cookie in a hidden pocket (or hem) on my mothers clothes. People with mental conditions tend to pick and play with things they shouldn't much like little children do. To be able to see this wind up in pill size would only make this even better for care givers who truly need to know if the patient is getting the attention they need, taking pills properly, walking enough every day, etc.

    Yes technology is a scary thing because as much good that something like this can bring means just as much bad or miss use it also brings. For instance if in pill form it could be slipped into clothes or personal bags and with the right app track where a person has traveled. Hmmmm one could even catch a cheating partner with a gadget like that. Not so sure how bad that is really (and of course not the first invention addressing such an issue) but I do understand the realities a personal spy machine could bring forth. Of course spying on others has been done by man since the beginning of time and we have done it with out the use of gadgets and technology.

    For me the good out weighs the bad and can provide so much more data needed in the health industry.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:25 PM

    @Danna Thank you for your input. There are definitely use cases where something like this is a positive and I see the health industry as one where this is a positive on a personal level.

    One of the noticeable flaws with Mother is that the sensors, while sturdy in my experience, could be taken off and Mother could be unplugged. It's not perfect and to Joe's point, it will be several years before it is. But for your basic monitoring needs/desires, it is useful.

  • CATHY
    CATHY
    5/8/2015 3:31 PM

    If I get "mother" to monitor my Dad in a city 100 miles away - and he doesn't have wi-fi - will this wrok

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 3:37 PM

    @CATHY Mother will not work if you do not have wi-fi. Mother plugs in via ethernet to your wi-fi router or ethernet wall jack, and then connects via wi-fi to the Cookies.

  • Marci
    Marci
    5/8/2015 3:35 PM

    I really like this idea for ensuring my elderly parents take their meds. I live far away and cannot be there to set it up, how complex is it for seniors. My father uses the Internet and has a smart phone.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:00 PM

    @Marci Hi Marci, it took me about 10-15 minutes to set up the whole thing but I found it very straight forward. There's a dashboard on the Mother Sen.se website that you manage all the Cookie capabilities/apps for your Mother. It walks you through each and every step. If your parents are smartphone capable or use a computer, this won't be difficult. And if you have any questions, please call in. We're happy to be of assistance.

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 3:48 PM

    This may seem like a silly reason to be interested in this product, but if you've ever lived with a shamelessly inconsiderate roommate who doesn't respect boundaries (especially when it comes to food) you may understand my daily irritation in life. Would I be able to stick these cookies on items in my fridge or freezer? And would I be alerted if they were taken out and opened vs. if they were only moved around?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:03 PM

    @sarah Hi Sarah, that's not a bad idea at all! While testing, I hid Cookies on different games and toys on my desk. I set the notifications to alert me when someone moved those products on my desk when I was on my family vacation. I received 24 notifications indicating that something on my desk had been moved while I was not there!

    Keep in mind that wherever you want to monitor something other than physical activity, you need the Mother base to be within range of the wi-fi.

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 4:13 PM

    @Ryan Hey Ryan, thanks! Ok, so just to be clear, the cookies wouldn't be affected/damaged by cold temps in the freezer? And the data can tell you how far they were moved?

  • Steven
    Steven
    5/8/2015 6:40 PM

    @sarah

    I wonder what the difference would be to sensor readings if placed on the side of a jar versus on the screw-on lid (if it had one). It would still register movement... but would it register being spun around and actually opened? It depends on the detail of the data being recorded I suppose. Mere movement wouldn't really mean consumption. Things get moved around all the time in my fridge whilst people are simply looking for things. UNLESS all your stuff was on one side and the house mate's stuff was on the other side. : )

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 8:40 PM

    @Steven Hi Steven, yes that was one of my concerns. I know things get moved around while looking for things vs. being taken out and used. What would truly sell it to me, is if:

    1: it can withstand freezing temps

    2: if it can alert me if the item was actually taken OUT of the fridge/freezer (say, maybe notify me if it was taken 3-6 feet away) AND for how long it was taken from its original place.

    My roommate is a nice enough, wouldn't wish him any ill will. But food isn't free, and he almost daily takes something of mine. And he's clever about it. He'll wait until a bag of frozen chicken breasts is open, then he'll take two or three, thinking I won't notice. And when I confront him about it, he denies it to the ground.

    It would be nice to have proof, hard digital proof, that he lies. To me, that would be hilarious and gratifying.

    If this mother contraption can meet my wants, I imagine him taking something of mine, me being notified, then immediately shooting him a text saying "lay off of my jerk chicken, you chicken JERK!" Haha

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 9:00 PM

    @ryan does the product meet my needs?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:17 AM

    @sarah Hi Sarah, sorry I missed this earlier - the cookies can sustain temperatures between 112 degrees Fahrenheit and minus (-) 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

    While it can detect these temperatures, the lifetime of the coin cell battery within the cookie will be limited by extended extreme conditions.

    You would have to affix the cookie to the particular item you didn't want to be moved and it could detect as long as it's within the wi-fi range.

    It would not tell you how long it was removed for, only that it has been moved.

    I will contact you separately to ensure you receive this note.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/8/2015 3:48 PM

    I have had a Mother for a few months and wanted to chime in! I am a father of 2 kids (7 and 9). I have used Mother for several different things around the house, but there are 2 specifically that I use it for the most. First, I have it attached to both my kids toothbrushes on the toothbrush app. It monitors when and for how long they brush, which is pretty cool. The best part is it gives them points based on how long and how regular they brush and makes a weekly game out of it. So, at the end of the week, whoever has the most points wins something (we change it every week). Since doing this, our kids have brushed better than ever! Secondly, my daughter has a severe sleep walking problem. She will get up, wander all over the house...sometime when we wake up, all the lights are on around the whole house...so we knew she was sleepwalking. We now have a cookie on her door that will send us a text message/phone call if her door is opened (or just moves at all) between 9pm and 6am. This is a huge peace of mind for both my wife and I. We have been called on several occasions and are able to get her back into her bed right away. It has worked perfectly!

    Anyway...thanks for the great product Rafi and I look forward to more apps!

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:04 PM

    @Chris Thank you for sharing! I'm glad to see someone in our audience has used Mother before. I also look forward to seeing the kinds of apps that Rafi and his team create.

  • Antonio
    Antonio
    5/8/2015 4:03 PM

    Will the cookies work with Nest? This would be great feature if I could control room temperature based on where the cookie is located.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:10 PM

    @Mike The Cookies do not integrate with Nest at this time. I do see the value there however.

    Every Cookie has a temperature sensor, so whichever you choose as your specific heat or cool sensing cookie, will actively notify you of temperature changes that you set. If you are using Nest, you likely have the app downloaded on your smartphone. At that point, if the Cookie notifies you that it is abnormally cold or hot, you could adjust the temperature through the Nest app.

    That's one of the challenges we face with connected home products today. Few if any are truly integrated with one another. Most are created by different companies and most don't talk with each other. While Nest is farther along in the overall integration, this is something we are constantly on the look out for here at The Grommet with newer products.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:52 PM

    @Mike, Great news!

    Rafi and the team informed me of new integration that will be happening with Google Nest very soon.

    The integration with Nest will use many of Mother features. Here are some use cases:

    - Presence: the Mother "Presence" App, monitors the presence of family members carrying a Cookie attached to their key chains. If everybody is out of home, we will turn the Nest status to "away". Although Nest can detect the presence of people at home, this detection is only based on the fact that there are people in the room where Nest is affixed. You might be at home, working in your office and suddenly you will feel cold because Nest thought there was nobody home. This is something Cookies solve.

    - Temperature: Nest only measures the temperature in one place. You can use Cookies installed in different rooms in your house to measure the temperature and take them all into account to act on Nests behavior.

    - You can use Nest with the Home intrusion App of Mother. If you don't want to give every body in your house a Cookie to know if there is somebody home and turn on/off the intrusion detection, you can use Nest's presence detection instead. It is less accurate, but it is still an alternative.

    - Our Sleep App will help you reduce the heating in your home when we know that you're asleep. Since we know at what time you wake up, we can anticipate heating back the place an hour before you get up.

    So the integration of Mother with Nest uses as many features of Mother or Nest that are available as long as we can build real life use cases.

    Thanks!

  • Verria
    Verria
    5/8/2015 5:39 PM

    How does this work to track exercise (calories, steps, etc)? Is there a means to attach it to the body somewhere?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:26 AM

    Hi Verria,

    You can attach a cookie using one of the silicone cases and attach this to your pant leg or to your ankle with the included velcro. This would be the easiest way.

    But Mother comes with a keychain, the cases, a velcro strap and sticky tack so you will have a few ways to do this.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    5/8/2015 6:30 PM

    This has great potential for individuals with brain injuries. I work in a brain injury facility that is readying people with brain injuries to return to the community. Is there any possibility for us to test this with our population?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:21 AM

    Hi Carolyn,

    There is certainly a wide range of health related possibilities with Mother. I would be very interested to see how the opportunity expands over the next few years into this field.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Mother

Home Monitoring Hub

Home Happenings

In the information age, data is life. How much? When? How often? Thanks to Mother, you can now capture data about anything and everything in your home.

Mother is a hub with “motion cookies” that will track everything from appliance use to opening doors to brushing teeth. The thumb drive-sized cookies have 3-axis accelerometers
and temperature sensors that provide endless possibilities for collecting data.

Attach the cookies to anything you want to track, and ask Mother to keep a watch. She’ll send data to your smartphone or computer, and will even notify you whenever a particular event happens. Use the cookies to measure activity or sleep quality, give you a call when a door is open, or send a text message when the basement is getting too cold for the pipes.

Want to know whether a loved one has taken their medication? Need a reminder of when to water the plants? Want to see how long your kids are brushing their teeth? However you want to use this handy home monitor, Mother’s got it covered.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Rafi
    Rafi

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to launch Mother on The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

  • Camille
    Camille
    5/8/2015 12:05 PM

    So can I use this to monitor every time my daughter opens the refrigerator or pantry door?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:15 PM

    @Camille yes you can do that. you will either receive a notification on your smartphone (or texte message, or email) or look at the chart showing all the times the fridge door has been opened.

    But once you are no more interested in monitoring your refrigerator, you will be able to use that sensor of lots of other functions.

  • Camille
    Camille
    5/8/2015 12:16 PM

    @Rafi Thank you!

  • john
    john
    5/8/2015 12:14 PM

    I see the monitor comes with 4 cookies. how many cookies can a base track and if more than 4, how much are additional cookies?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:16 PM

    @john one Mother hub can handle up to 24 cookies simultaneously. The extra box of 4 cookies is 159$

  • Elana
    Elana
    5/8/2015 12:28 PM

    Do the cookies need to remain on the home wifi network to collect data? Or can they be used out in the world and sync the data when they return to the wifi network?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 12:31 PM

    @Elana Cookies will send data in real time when they a re at home within the range of the Mother hub. When they get out of the house (for instance when you use them to track your daily activity, the number of steps you make etc.), Cookies will store the data and upload it as soon as the come within the rach of a Mother hub.

    Cookies can store up to 20 days of data.

  • J
    J
    5/8/2015 12:55 PM

    @Rafi

  • J
    J
    5/8/2015 12:57 PM

    Good Lord! Talk about a 'nanny state'. Doesn't anyone feel the need to escape from all this data input?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:00 PM

    @J Everybody can use the Cookies to monitor only things that he feels are important for her or him and stop doing it anytime. We have made versatile sensors to let everybody free to decide what they need and change their mind as often as they wish.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    5/8/2015 3:25 PM

    I don't exactly disagree with J, but i think that J doesn't know the difficulties a lot of people face. I think it is great to be able to tell your parent, Yes! You took your medication rather than risk an overdose, or say if they are a diabetic, they can help them keep track of good self medication skills. It's a tool! Great [email protected]

  • et
    et
    5/8/2015 1:02 PM

    Hubs has serious meds. How does this work for that and can results be shared with medical team

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:09 PM

    @et Some of the Apps (such as the one that makes sure that Pills are taken on time, or that enough water is drunk everyday) let you designate third parties that will receive real time notifications if Pills are not take on time for instance. You can also ask to send weekly reports by email to third parties.

  • Dawn
    Dawn
    5/8/2015 1:23 PM

    This has terrific possibilities for the life we lead. Here's the one in the forefront of my thoughts. We travel in the winter and I'm wondering if we would need two mothers to track temperatures; one at home to let us know if the pipes could freeze and one in the RV to let us know if the dog is going to roast if we lose the A/C. What are the possibilities?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:25 PM

    @Dawn you need to connect a Mother hub in every different location where you want to continuously monitor data. So if you want to monitor temperature at two locations, you will need two Mother hubs.

  • Gayle
    Gayle
    5/8/2015 1:39 PM

    I have sleep apnea, when the Mother monitors sleep, is it for the apnea? I also have Restless Leg Syndrome, will it tell me how often I moved my legs?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:44 PM

    @Gayle no, unfortunately will not detect sleep apnea. it will record your bed and wake up times and analyze the quality of your sleep and wake you up at the best time in the morning so that you feel refreshed and rested.

    Cookies can definitely record the movements of your leg. You need to put the cookie in your pants pocket or attach it close to your leg.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    5/8/2015 3:42 PM

    Hi, Rafi, after reading a lot of these comments about people not wanting their privacy invaded, which I am in total agreement, i have a suggestion. I used to work in the medical field and I think if you research who might have a greater need for some of the cookies potential, what a market you'd have @Rafi

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 1:43 PM

    You mentioned dogs and i want to make certain that they could work for my cats. I have a tabby, Mr Whiskers, that does not move much but does clean himself often (good cat!) - would these cookies be an issue with a little cat spital. I also have a calico that is quite frisky - he loves to wander the neightborhood and have good feline fun - what is the range of the cookie. Finally, i have a neighbor - i call him Mr Grumpy Pants - who really has a not so nice boston terrier - should i put a cookie on his backdoor so i know when fido is out or would you recommend putting on the terrier. is it discrete enough that my neighbor would not notice?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:50 PM

    @Susan We have mainly conducted tests with dogs, measuring how often and how intense their activity was, but Cookies have not been tested to measure cat's activity yet.

    You could attach a cookie to your cat to be notified when he leaves home to wander the neighborhood and when it gets back. The Mother's range is 300 feet outdoors (60 feets indoor).

    Please note that we don't recommend using cookies with other people without their full agreement, so you can't monitor your neighbors door without his agreement. Not sure he will be OK.

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 1:59 PM

    thank you for your quick response :o). I might try the cookies on my cats - i have to determine which colors they like the most. if i were to put the cookie on a spare garden gnome close to Mr GP (grumpy pants) - is that a better way to manage his terrible terriers outdoor jaunts? @Rafi

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 2:46 PM

    Hi Susan, I'm not sure that would work unless Mr. Grumpy Pants' terriers continually walk by the gnome.

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 1:49 PM

    Wow, um, a little too Orwellian for me. I don't need my family's every action monitored and kept track of. Very VERY disturbing. I teach my children how to behave, I don't need to spy on them. Our front door should be a shield to this new Surveillance Society. Did no one read 1984?

  • Rafi
    Rafi – Special Guest
    5/8/2015 1:54 PM

    @James Mother is an open tool to let people choose what they want to monitor. Some people are good at taking care of their plants, others need to be reminded. Some people, unfortunately often forget to take their pills. It's not a matter of surveillance, Cookies simply help with things we think we need help with. Everybody has different (and shifting needs).

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 2:00 PM

    James - i know my cats misbehave - and i bet your children do to (we all have a little cat in us). My guess is this mother will just help you ensure they do not get into the catnip more than expected ;-)[email protected]

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 2:33 PM

    Little by little our privacy is disappearing, and devices like this lure us into believing we need to be constantly watched. With just the right persuasive presentation you can convince yourself that you need to be watched in the bathroom, in the shower, while dressing and during love-making. I don't want my boss constantly looking over my shoulder, nor would I want my children to grow up with that same constantly spied-on sensation. Do you? We have had plants and children since the beginning of time, and we have calendars and 'To Do" lists to remind us of things that need to be done; do we really need every single aspect of our life permanently burned into a data collection device and bubble wrap our children? Perhaps such a forgetful person shouldn't be trusted with plants and children in the first place.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 2:36 PM

    @James I have similar concerns about the need to be monitored at all. It isn't ideal, it isn't wanted. Personally, I classify myself as an analog guy. I don't own a fitness tracker, I prefer to talk on the phone than email or text. Books > Technology. End of story.

    Life is less invasive when we aren't constantly worried about our productivity or how many pointless steps we've taken.

    But, it's my job here at The Grommet to find and share the most technologically advanced products available on the market today, that work and are easy to use. While we don't expect these kinds of products to be for everyone, we do think they're thought provoking and controversial enough to spark a conversation about what our future might and should look like.

    Mother is just that. While you may not need or want to monitor every aspect of your life, there are people that do. Much like the founder, he couldn't always keep tabs on whether or not his mom was taking her medication. That's the kind of monitoring we're interested in. It's not monitoring for the sake of monitoring and being "Big Brother". It's monitoring for the sake of peace of mind.

  • Danna
    Danna
    5/8/2015 3:31 PM

    @Ryan I know many feel this is a horrible invention but most people don't have an elderly person they are caring for especially one with Alzheimer disease. People with this disease forget everything and also tend to become flight risks which unfortunately seem to happen in the middle of the night. I find this to new invention to be a perfect answer for people like me. I can barely remember where I laid my keys let alone every single thing my mother needs. Did she take her pills, did she drink enough water today, is she sleeping well, and especially when I am asleep is she making a break for the street at 3am in the morning. To me this is a huge answer for so many problems we are facing with her care. This item could help delay the need for a care home for her and help me to care for her better when my own busy life gets in the way. Of course I can't afford it at the moment but this new gadget has moved to the top of my wish list.

    So to those of you who hate this kind of personal monitoring ....well don't buy it. But for those of us dealing with mental disease, and the dangers that come with mishaps along the way, we have been waiting for something like this.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 4:29 PM

    We're glad Mother can be of help to you, Danna. What it excels best at is providing peace of mind as Ryan says. Here's hoping it does that for you when you receive yours!

  • Susan
    Susan
    5/8/2015 4:38 PM

    I just think if you are not being naughty, you have nothing to hide. My mother always told me to act as if your grandfather was watching - and i still live by that rule. I also know that i will eventually be judged by my actions. I personally would not have any issues with my cats or myself being watched. i think you would find i live a pretty harmonious [email protected]

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    5/8/2015 5:25 PM

    Outside of your misadventures with Mr. Grumpy Pants, it sounds like you and Mr. Whiskers are living it up!

  • Joe
    Joe
    5/8/2015 2:14 PM

    As great as this product is now, imagine it in 5-10 years when the cookies are the size of a bean and you can monitor hundreds of events.

    I can't wait.

  • James
    James
    5/8/2015 2:34 PM

    @Joe

    How utterly terrifying.

  • Danna
    Danna
    5/8/2015 3:50 PM

    @James not terrifying when I know I could actually hide a pill sized cookie in a hidden pocket (or hem) on my mothers clothes. People with mental conditions tend to pick and play with things they shouldn't much like little children do. To be able to see this wind up in pill size would only make this even better for care givers who truly need to know if the patient is getting the attention they need, taking pills properly, walking enough every day, etc.

    Yes technology is a scary thing because as much good that something like this can bring means just as much bad or miss use it also brings. For instance if in pill form it could be slipped into clothes or personal bags and with the right app track where a person has traveled. Hmmmm one could even catch a cheating partner with a gadget like that. Not so sure how bad that is really (and of course not the first invention addressing such an issue) but I do understand the realities a personal spy machine could bring forth. Of course spying on others has been done by man since the beginning of time and we have done it with out the use of gadgets and technology.

    For me the good out weighs the bad and can provide so much more data needed in the health industry.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:25 PM

    @Danna Thank you for your input. There are definitely use cases where something like this is a positive and I see the health industry as one where this is a positive on a personal level.

    One of the noticeable flaws with Mother is that the sensors, while sturdy in my experience, could be taken off and Mother could be unplugged. It's not perfect and to Joe's point, it will be several years before it is. But for your basic monitoring needs/desires, it is useful.

  • CATHY
    CATHY
    5/8/2015 3:31 PM

    If I get "mother" to monitor my Dad in a city 100 miles away - and he doesn't have wi-fi - will this wrok

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 3:37 PM

    @CATHY Mother will not work if you do not have wi-fi. Mother plugs in via ethernet to your wi-fi router or ethernet wall jack, and then connects via wi-fi to the Cookies.

  • Marci
    Marci
    5/8/2015 3:35 PM

    I really like this idea for ensuring my elderly parents take their meds. I live far away and cannot be there to set it up, how complex is it for seniors. My father uses the Internet and has a smart phone.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:00 PM

    @Marci Hi Marci, it took me about 10-15 minutes to set up the whole thing but I found it very straight forward. There's a dashboard on the Mother Sen.se website that you manage all the Cookie capabilities/apps for your Mother. It walks you through each and every step. If your parents are smartphone capable or use a computer, this won't be difficult. And if you have any questions, please call in. We're happy to be of assistance.

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 3:48 PM

    This may seem like a silly reason to be interested in this product, but if you've ever lived with a shamelessly inconsiderate roommate who doesn't respect boundaries (especially when it comes to food) you may understand my daily irritation in life. Would I be able to stick these cookies on items in my fridge or freezer? And would I be alerted if they were taken out and opened vs. if they were only moved around?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:03 PM

    @sarah Hi Sarah, that's not a bad idea at all! While testing, I hid Cookies on different games and toys on my desk. I set the notifications to alert me when someone moved those products on my desk when I was on my family vacation. I received 24 notifications indicating that something on my desk had been moved while I was not there!

    Keep in mind that wherever you want to monitor something other than physical activity, you need the Mother base to be within range of the wi-fi.

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 4:13 PM

    @Ryan Hey Ryan, thanks! Ok, so just to be clear, the cookies wouldn't be affected/damaged by cold temps in the freezer? And the data can tell you how far they were moved?

  • Steven
    Steven
    5/8/2015 6:40 PM

    @sarah

    I wonder what the difference would be to sensor readings if placed on the side of a jar versus on the screw-on lid (if it had one). It would still register movement... but would it register being spun around and actually opened? It depends on the detail of the data being recorded I suppose. Mere movement wouldn't really mean consumption. Things get moved around all the time in my fridge whilst people are simply looking for things. UNLESS all your stuff was on one side and the house mate's stuff was on the other side. : )

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 8:40 PM

    @Steven Hi Steven, yes that was one of my concerns. I know things get moved around while looking for things vs. being taken out and used. What would truly sell it to me, is if:

    1: it can withstand freezing temps

    2: if it can alert me if the item was actually taken OUT of the fridge/freezer (say, maybe notify me if it was taken 3-6 feet away) AND for how long it was taken from its original place.

    My roommate is a nice enough, wouldn't wish him any ill will. But food isn't free, and he almost daily takes something of mine. And he's clever about it. He'll wait until a bag of frozen chicken breasts is open, then he'll take two or three, thinking I won't notice. And when I confront him about it, he denies it to the ground.

    It would be nice to have proof, hard digital proof, that he lies. To me, that would be hilarious and gratifying.

    If this mother contraption can meet my wants, I imagine him taking something of mine, me being notified, then immediately shooting him a text saying "lay off of my jerk chicken, you chicken JERK!" Haha

  • sarah
    sarah
    5/8/2015 9:00 PM

    @ryan does the product meet my needs?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:17 AM

    @sarah Hi Sarah, sorry I missed this earlier - the cookies can sustain temperatures between 112 degrees Fahrenheit and minus (-) 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

    While it can detect these temperatures, the lifetime of the coin cell battery within the cookie will be limited by extended extreme conditions.

    You would have to affix the cookie to the particular item you didn't want to be moved and it could detect as long as it's within the wi-fi range.

    It would not tell you how long it was removed for, only that it has been moved.

    I will contact you separately to ensure you receive this note.

  • Chris
    Chris
    5/8/2015 3:48 PM

    I have had a Mother for a few months and wanted to chime in! I am a father of 2 kids (7 and 9). I have used Mother for several different things around the house, but there are 2 specifically that I use it for the most. First, I have it attached to both my kids toothbrushes on the toothbrush app. It monitors when and for how long they brush, which is pretty cool. The best part is it gives them points based on how long and how regular they brush and makes a weekly game out of it. So, at the end of the week, whoever has the most points wins something (we change it every week). Since doing this, our kids have brushed better than ever! Secondly, my daughter has a severe sleep walking problem. She will get up, wander all over the house...sometime when we wake up, all the lights are on around the whole house...so we knew she was sleepwalking. We now have a cookie on her door that will send us a text message/phone call if her door is opened (or just moves at all) between 9pm and 6am. This is a huge peace of mind for both my wife and I. We have been called on several occasions and are able to get her back into her bed right away. It has worked perfectly!

    Anyway...thanks for the great product Rafi and I look forward to more apps!

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:04 PM

    @Chris Thank you for sharing! I'm glad to see someone in our audience has used Mother before. I also look forward to seeing the kinds of apps that Rafi and his team create.

  • Antonio
    Antonio
    5/8/2015 4:03 PM

    Will the cookies work with Nest? This would be great feature if I could control room temperature based on where the cookie is located.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:10 PM

    @Mike The Cookies do not integrate with Nest at this time. I do see the value there however.

    Every Cookie has a temperature sensor, so whichever you choose as your specific heat or cool sensing cookie, will actively notify you of temperature changes that you set. If you are using Nest, you likely have the app downloaded on your smartphone. At that point, if the Cookie notifies you that it is abnormally cold or hot, you could adjust the temperature through the Nest app.

    That's one of the challenges we face with connected home products today. Few if any are truly integrated with one another. Most are created by different companies and most don't talk with each other. While Nest is farther along in the overall integration, this is something we are constantly on the look out for here at The Grommet with newer products.

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/8/2015 4:52 PM

    @Mike, Great news!

    Rafi and the team informed me of new integration that will be happening with Google Nest very soon.

    The integration with Nest will use many of Mother features. Here are some use cases:

    - Presence: the Mother "Presence" App, monitors the presence of family members carrying a Cookie attached to their key chains. If everybody is out of home, we will turn the Nest status to "away". Although Nest can detect the presence of people at home, this detection is only based on the fact that there are people in the room where Nest is affixed. You might be at home, working in your office and suddenly you will feel cold because Nest thought there was nobody home. This is something Cookies solve.

    - Temperature: Nest only measures the temperature in one place. You can use Cookies installed in different rooms in your house to measure the temperature and take them all into account to act on Nests behavior.

    - You can use Nest with the Home intrusion App of Mother. If you don't want to give every body in your house a Cookie to know if there is somebody home and turn on/off the intrusion detection, you can use Nest's presence detection instead. It is less accurate, but it is still an alternative.

    - Our Sleep App will help you reduce the heating in your home when we know that you're asleep. Since we know at what time you wake up, we can anticipate heating back the place an hour before you get up.

    So the integration of Mother with Nest uses as many features of Mother or Nest that are available as long as we can build real life use cases.

    Thanks!

  • Verria
    Verria
    5/8/2015 5:39 PM

    How does this work to track exercise (calories, steps, etc)? Is there a means to attach it to the body somewhere?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:26 AM

    Hi Verria,

    You can attach a cookie using one of the silicone cases and attach this to your pant leg or to your ankle with the included velcro. This would be the easiest way.

    But Mother comes with a keychain, the cases, a velcro strap and sticky tack so you will have a few ways to do this.

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    5/8/2015 6:30 PM

    This has great potential for individuals with brain injuries. I work in a brain injury facility that is readying people with brain injuries to return to the community. Is there any possibility for us to test this with our population?

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    5/11/2015 9:21 AM

    Hi Carolyn,

    There is certainly a wide range of health related possibilities with Mother. I would be very interested to see how the opportunity expands over the next few years into this field.

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