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New tech: Ulo

Hoo would suspect that this cute little shelf widget is actually a security camera?


It may look like a cool ornament as it sits on your bookshelf, but there’s more than what meets the eye when it comes to Ulo. For those two large peepers are actually LCD screens and they not only follow your movements as you wander around the room, they also enable non-verbal communication.

With a range of eye expressions, this home-monitoring system almost feels alive. Ulo has a motion detector and a camera within its beak and it blinks when you take a snapshot of what it’s seeing. It also squints when you’re watching live video and its beady eyes will let you know when it’s running out of battery. It can even see in the dark!

Best of all, Ulo works with your Android device. While the eyes permit effective one-to-one communication – telling you when Ulo is puzzled, upset or grumpy – the Android app lets you alter their colour, size and shape. You can also instantly view streaming video and audio, and set up recipes using the IFTTT app. The bad news: you’ll have to wait until November 2016 to get your hands on it!