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Trend Spotting: Smart Bottles of Wine, Smart Toys for Kids

Trend Spotting: Smart Bottles of Wine, Smart Toys for Kids  #IoT

  • A wine bottle wired to the Web helps you keep track of freshness, pairings and ratings.
  • This fall, Kuvée, a direct-to-consumer wine service, will launch a Wi-Fi-enabled sleeve that is placed over a specially designed wine bottle.
  • A smart toy made by CogniToys understands spoken questions and gives age-appropriate answers.
  • Kuvée’s patented system prevents oxidation and keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days, while a touchscreen enables the user to rate the wine.
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A wine bottle wired to the Web helps you keep track of freshness, pairings and ratings.

@evankirstel: Trend Spotting: Smart Bottles of Wine, Smart Toys for Kids #IoT

“The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype,” a report published by McKinsey Global Institute, estimates that the business of humdrum products getting enhanced by “smart” Wi-Fi features will have an “economic impact” of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025.

Some of these smart products have already hit the shelves. A Wi-Fi-enabled kitchen scale by Drop connects to an app of interactive recipes. It automatically adjusts recipes and measurements for the number of guests, and even suggests substitutions for ingredients that are hard to come by locally.

A smart toy made by CogniToys understands spoken questions and gives age-appropriate answers.

And, this fall, Kuvée, a direct-to-consumer wine service, will launch a Wi-Fi-enabled sleeve that is placed over a specially designed wine bottle.

Kuvée’s patented system prevents oxidation and keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days, while a touchscreen enables the user to rate the wine.

The system “learns” the user’s preferences and makes pairing and serving tips, as well as recommendations from partner wineries that can be purchased straight from the touchscreen.

Not all of the new products are as enticing.

A soon-to-be-released hi-tech tampon, created by a company called my.Flow, comes with a Bluetooth-enabled monitoring system that notifies the user when the saturated tampon needs to be changed.

Thank you, but no thank you.

Trend Spotting: Smart Bottles of Wine, Smart Toys for Kids