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Gadget Guru February 2014

Mimo Baby
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Sleek Control

The Ivee Sleek is the latest in the world of home automation command centers, this time taking its cues from Apple with a Siri-like personality that listens and answers your commands. The Sleek looks like an alarm clock, but is more of a HUD that shows you the status of the components you’ve got sycned up to it. Voice recognition can control anything that’s Wi-Fi equipped, such as smart refrigerators, air conditioning, room lighting, door locks, thermostats, and a range of Z-Wave devices sold at computer stores. Saying “Hello, Ivee,” boots up the system, after which you can say things like, “Set the living room to 70 degrees,” or “Turn off the lights in the bedroom,” or even, “I’m hot,” which will kick on the AC. Ivee will talk back, confirming it understood your command. Like Apple’s Siri, there is a wealth of commands to learn, utilize, and customize. $199. helloivee.com

A Vital Onesie

Talk about starting them young, Rest Devices’ newest wearable truly targets the next generation of techies. It’s called the Mimo Baby and is the latest in health monitoring clothing that keeps tracks of your baby’s vitals. The Mimo onesie employs a dual-core Edison micro PC (tucked into a small turtle clip) connected to sensors on the clothing that monitor the respiratory system, body position, skin temperature, and activity level of your child. An app can be downloaded to your smart phone so you can continually check the stats. If you don’t have a smart phone, just get the company’s more interesting, and perhaps genius, light up smart mug that displays these patterns. The onesie is available in various colors and sizes ranging from zero to 12 months. The full kit is $199, with additional individual onesies available for $29 apiece. mimobaby.com

A Nice Gesture

In what no doubt is the beginning of a new era of wearable technology, Thalmic Labs debuted its Myo arm controller last month at CES. The band, which fits snugly on one’s forearm, reads muscle variations to decipher motion control movements. Anything from making a fist, waving, flexing fingers, rotating your wrist, snapping your fingers, or swinging your arm, will instantaneously send a command to whatever gadget you’ve got synced to it. If you’ve seen the movie Minority Report, and remember Tom Cruise going through his computer files by waving his hand, you’ll get the gist of what it does. Otherwise, just go to the company’s Web site and watch the awe-inspiring videos of people swiping their arms and snapping their fingers to control their PCs, cycle through their iTunes, play videos games, and other unique uses. Expect this one to make headlines soon. Preorder it for $149. thalmic.com   Ryan Thomas

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