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Sense's Mother costs $300 and is available on the Sense site as well as on Amazon.com; units can be shipped worldwide for roughly £180 in the UK and AU$340 in Australia.

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The kit includes four colorful sensor-packed activity and environmental trackers called Cookies, a power adapter, an Ethernet cable and the Mother hub.

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To get started, connect the power cord and Ethernet cable to the hub.

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The hub needs to be connected directly to your router.

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That makes for a pretty limited setup range.

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As Mother powers on, two glowing "eyes" appear.

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You'll know it's fully connected when a full face illuminates.

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Now you can start customizing your Mother unit.

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The four Cookies act as extensions of the hub.

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Each one is equipped with a three-axis accelerometer and a thermometer.

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Those built-in sensors let you track things like movement, proximity and temperature.

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Take one with you to track your steps and calories burned or to act as a proximity sensor.

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Stick one to a door or window to get movement alerts, place one on your bed to track your sleep or attach one to your water bottle to guilt yourself into getting more H2O.

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You can pair up to 24 Cookies to one Mother unit.

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The Mother Web and mobile apps let you receive alerts and access the data gathered by the Cookies.

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