Ecovacs' WinBot 7 keeps windows clean.
Foreo's ISSA toothbrush.
Mimo baby monitor.
Sleep Number's X12 bed.
CTA's iPad cutting board.'s Mother device.

From Beds to Bots

H&D's top picks in home technology from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

From Beds to Bots IT DOES WINDOWS
First came automated vacuums, then their scrubbing, kitchen and bathroom floor counterparts. But the newest kid on the robotic cleaning block is the Ecovacs’ WinBot 7—a squat, square-shaped robot that suctions onto window panels and does the dirty work for you—no ladders, no mess. The model that detects edges starts at $399. 

It looks more like a toy, but Swedish company Foreo’s ISSA is the first electric toothbrush to tout silicone bristles, which are nonporous and ultra-hygienic. And it’s not bad looking, with models in fuchsia and turquoise. The ISSA also boasts amazing battery life; Foreo says it can be used 365 times on a single charge. Available in the U.S. later this year; price to be determined.

When FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was asked to name his favorite gadget at the show, he pointed to the Mimo baby monitor—a smart choice for this grandfather of seven-month-old twins who doesn’t want to miss anything. Mimo attaches tiny sensors to a baby onesie and collects a variety of data, from breathing rates to temperature to body position. Information is sent in real time to a smart phone, providing the baby’s vital signs and more. If junior is hungry, for example, the device sends a signal to warm up a bottle. $199;

Sleep Number has won over millions seeking the ability to customize mattress conditions for optimal sleep. Now the company has a smart memory foam bed that claims to track sleep activity like snoring, and soothe you back into a peaceful slumber. The X12 bed reacts to voice commands or a remote and will give you a massage, adjust firmness on each side of the bed, and even curb snoring by gently adjusting the mattress to help open the sleeper’s airwaves. $8,000;

CTA offers a suite of iPad kitchen accessories; this one keeps recipes front and center. The bamboo cutting board includes an attachable stand that raises the iPad away from chopping debris, plus built-in knife storage and a matching bamboo stylus to keep the screen clean. Compatible with iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Air. $35;

This bowling pin-shaped little darling from Russia-based is touted as the world’s first programmable “mother.” Motion Cookies placed around the home enable Mother to monitor and report on a variety of household activities, from temperature control and security to tooth-brushing and watering the plants. Over time, the Wi-Fi-enabled device will master the needs of your home and its inhabitants. Creepy? A little. Helpful? Perhaps. $222; 

Cathy Applefeld Olson is an Alexandria, Virginia, freelance writer.