Forget robots - the peanuts are coming...

A few months ago, monumentally freaked the living daylights out of us by announcing Mother Hub, a smiling hub lady who runs your smart home via her loyal gang of ‘Cookies’. Or to call them by their completely fine name that in no way needs disguising in the first place – sensors.

If, like us, you were torn between whether you found the idea of Mother a bit creepy or actually weirdly comforting, you’ll be intrigued to know that is back with another offering, and it’s significantly toned down the creepy levels.

It’s called ThermoPeanut, and it’s a peanut-shaped pink gizmo that you can slap on any surface to get a temperature reading beamed directly to your phone. Slap it on the bathroom wall, in your bedroom, in the nursery, or anywhere in your house that’s worth monitoring, and get a measurement from anywhere in between -20 to 60 degrees Celsius.

You can program exactly when and how frequently you want ThermoPeanut to record the temperature using the app, and even pair it with other devices like your Nest thermostat to make the heating crank up when ThermoPeanut records a particularly chilly reading.

The great news is that ThermoPeanut uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, so it doesn’t require a hub to work. Basically what we’re saying is that you’re not going to have to invite Mother Creepy into your house in order to get this little nut to work, and that can only be a good thing.

If you like the sound of ThermoPeanut, you can grab it today for $29 (around £22) today. And if you’ve got a taste for’s nuts, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a few more on the way. The Sleep Peanut will track sleep patterns, the PeanutButton will act as a dedicated IFTTT button, while the MedPeanut will monitor pill dispensers.

Other nuts that has hinted at include the SafePeanut for security, the HydraPeanut for detecting leaks and the DoorPeanut, which detects if a door is open or closed.