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Material Sensing saves Christmas: A true tale based on made up events

Every year, Christmas brings together families to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. But what if things go wrong? Material Sensing to the rescue.

Valerie Morris
Valerie Morris

Dec 16, 2023

For most people, Christmas is a time of gratefulness and love. You surround yourself with family and friends, give gifts, share stories, and feast on special meals. But family gatherings also pose a number of challenges: Will the kids behave themselves? Will your grandfather get along with your dad? Is there enough food for everyone?

These are only a few of the worries that might be crossing your mind leading up to the festivities. To keep the problems at bay, we are using this article to tell you how you can use Material Sensing to avert any serious crises over the holidays and save your family’s Christmas.

Save your whole family from being poisoned at the dinner table

It is 6.50 p.m. and Christmas Eve dinner is about to be served. Your sisters and brothers, grandparents, and uncle, have gathered around the wooden dining table in the lounge. Your mother is preparing the last of the food in the kitchen and you can hear her curse about the duck having cooked unevenly. The pickled red cabbage is already sitting on the dining table and there is a smell in the air – a smell of gravy and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.

Everyone has taken their appointed seat and chatter fills the living room. Everyone is loading their plates with potatoes, duck, gravy, and brussels sprouts. As you spoon some of the red cabbage onto your plate, you notice that wonderous smell again. You ask your mother what she had put in the cabbage to which she replies, “just the usual”. Instead of shoving it into your mouth, you decide to use your smartphone with Material Sensing capabilities to determine what’s really in the cabbage.

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“EVERYBODY STOP RIGHT THERE!” In the Christmas rush, your mother seems to have mixed up the vinegar with the cleaning detergent: The pickled cabbage has undoubtedly been pickled with chemicals. Luckily, Material Sensing was able to prevent any unfortunate events at the Christmas supper.

Uncover low-quality Christmas presents (to the grievance of everyone else)

After digesting dinner and the shock of nearly being killed by chemical cabbage, it is time to exchange the gifts. There is chocolate and pottery, perfumes and money, and a red silk scarf your father has gifted to your mother. She immediately wraps it around her neck, in awe about the thoughtfulness of her husband.

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30 minutes later, your grandfather points out that your mother seems to have some sort of redness in her face – maybe she has been sitting to close to the fireplace. She starts itching her chin and cheeks, her ears and neck. Eventually she takes of her brand-new scarf, only to discover a nasty rash that has spread under the velvet fabric.

You pull out your smartphone with Material Sensing capabilities and place it on the scarf. The screen displays that it is made of synthetic fibers and not genuine silk. Your mother sends a telling look to your father, who knows too well that she is allergic to most synthetic fibers. His face turns as red as her neck, and he promises to make up for his mistake.

Stop your grandpa from embarrassing the neighborhood

As you gather in front of the Christmas tree and reminisce about the 90s, your grandpa pulls out a little tin filled to the brink with his medicinal cannabis. He’s got a prescription, but occasionally tends to overindulge. Your mother sighs as she watches him unpack his little tin. She vividly recalls an incident that happened last Christmas – when your grandpa smoked so much that he ended up in the front yard, making snow angles in his underwear.

You once again pull out your smartphone with Material Sensing capabilities and place it on your grandpa’s cannabis. The THC content is much higher than his prescription states, predicting another night spent in the front yard and embarrassed looks from the neighbors. Luckily you now know the exact THC content of the cannabis and can adjust your grandfather’s dose. Crisis averted!

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Material Sensing is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, identifying and quantifying material compositions within seconds and making sure that you and your loved ones are safe. Can you think of any other ways in which Material Sensing might save your Christmas? Let us know in the comments, we would love to see a collection of ideas.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and relaxing holiday season!



Valerie Morris

I’m Senorics’ Content Creator. Most of the things you read on our website or on our social media accounts were written by me. I started working here in March 2020 when I was still living in Dresden. Now I have moved to New Zealand and work remotely from the opposite time zone.


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