Mother may I? Building hardware that can change with the flip of an app.

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Almost a decade ago Rafi Haladjian saw that ubiquitous Wi-Fi in homes and cheap electronics meant that the internet could become part of everything, so he built Nabaztag, a connected bunny that would interact with people. It was meant to be a connected conversation piece and the thought was that the home might be filled with such connected devices. By 2008 he realized that the connected world would evolve a bit differently and so started building out Mother, a connected hub with generic motion sensors that could be programmed to perform specific tasks with the toggle of the app.

Now the CEO of, which makes the Mother, Haladjian discusses his thought evolution and where he thinks the internet of things is headed on this week’s podcast. Before that, Kevin Tofel and I talk about GE’s big industrial internet news, my tests of the Mother and answer a reader’s question about buying a smart coffee maker.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Rafi Haladjian, CEO of

  • GE has turned into a software company with its industrial internet efforts and opened up it’s Predix platform.
  • Is there a smart coffee maker on the market? Sort of.
  • My experience with the Mother hub and motion sensors.
  • A historical perspective on the internet of things
  • How to build multi-purpose hardware that can change with a simple software update

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