Ever get the feeling we're running out of good ideas for smart devices?
Following the dubious line of innovation that brought us smart bras and smart pet food bowls, a Spanish company has introduced a wirelessly connected smart mattress. But there's a twist: This mattress is designed to detect - hmm, hanky panky is the technical term, I think.
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Cleverly dubbed the Smarttress, the mattress is being marketed to suspicious spouses in Spain. If you're concerned that your partner may be having an affair at home, while you're away, just replace the bedroom mattress with the Smartress and wait for results.
The Smarttress, you see, features concealed sensors that detect suspicious activity on the bed. Specially programmed algorithms flag said activity and send an alert to a connected mobile phone app.
"If it detects suspicious activity regarding time of use, frequency, intensity or speed, it sends a notification to the phone terminal with which it is linked," engineer Iván Miranda told The Telegraph.
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The company behind the Smarttress is citing some interesting numbers to promote the mattress as a public service. Evidently, polls show that Spain has higher rates of cheating than any other European nation. The notorious Ashley Madison online service has more than 1 million registered Spaniards.
"Seeing the latest research on infidelity in Spain and considering that 94 per cent of Spaniards' preferred place for love-making was in their own home, we thought we could give peace of mind to men and women, not only at night, but also during the day when they have to go out to work," company spokesman José Antonio Muiño told The Telegraph.
Some interesting notes: The Smartress ultrasonic sensors can indicate which parts of the bed, exactly, are seeing the most activity. I'm not sure how that's helpful, but I'm sure the algorithms have a reason. The algorithms always have a reason.
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Also, FYI, the sensor network used in the Smartress is technically referred to as the Lover Detection System. The cost of a basic double-bed size Smarttress is around £1,200.
Here's the Spanish language commercial, which is worth watching all on its own. Drama!