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Spotlight on the Spotter (pictures)

Quirky teamed up with GE to bring you this affordable multipurpose sensor -- come and take a closer look.

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Five senses

Despite being so compact and lightweight, the Spotter houses sensors for light, sound, temperature, humidity, and motion.
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AC power

The Spotter comes with an AC power cable -- just plug it in, and you'll be ready to go.
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Battery power, too

The Spotter can also run off of two AA batteries. However, you'll only be able to track changes in light and motion while in battery mode.
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Mounts with ease

The Spotter is magnetic. You can also use mounting screws or sticky tabs to secure it in place, or just set it on a shelf.
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More than just a light

The house-shaped, multicolored LED light on the front of the Spotter will tell you the status of the device. You'll also use the built-in photocell to link the Spotter to your home network.
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Quirky's brain and GE's brawn

The Spotter is a product of the budding relationship between Quirky and GE -- one of the first of many products slated for release in the coming months.
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Flash to connect

Using Quirky's Wink app, your smartphone's screen will flash a quick pattern of light at the Spotter, connecting it to your home network within seconds.
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An elegant, intelligent app

The Wink app is well-designed, with easy controls, helpful information, and an attractive interface.
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Easy to program

Once you've got your Spotter up and running, programming automations and alerts is a cinch.
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An attractive price point

The Spotter retails for $49.99, which is less than you'll pay for some devices that only track one or two things.

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