Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe
Keurig coffeemakers and Sodastream carbonation machines have made it easier to brew a cup of joe or fizz up a bottle of lemon-flavored seltzer. A Boston startup called Kuvée wants to bring similar convenience to pouring — and preserving — a bottle of wine.
Kuvée is designing an Internet-connected wine bottle that would hold different canisters of wine. It will be able to dispense one glass at a time, while preventing the rest of the wine in the canister from being exposed to air, which causes them to go bad. A “smart label” on the outside of the bottle will show you what brand and vintage of wine is inside it and tell you a bit about the wine. If you enjoy it, you can click a button to order more canisters, which are delivered to your home.
Curt Woodward, Boston Globe
Boston startup Ecovent is getting the attention of a much bigger player in its market.
The two-year-old company, which makes a “smart” heating vent system for homes, has landed a $6.9 million investment to help it launch its product later this year. The financing round was led by Emerson Climate Technologies, which sells consumer and commercial heating and cooling systems.
Ecovent is developing a system of battery-powered vents that can be individually opened and shut by sending a digital signal over a dedicated wireless network. Ecovent says that will allow owners to tweak the temperature in individual rooms of their home by using a special smartphone app.
Ecovent says that level of detailed control can help eliminate nagging hot or cool spots in a home, which in turn can lower heating and air conditioning bills by firing up the furnace only when necessary.
David Harris, Boston Business Journal
what’s fueling Amazon’s hiring in its Kendall Square office in Cambridge? The answer is Echo, the company’s always-connected virtual assistant device that costs $199. The wireless gadget doubles as both a speaker and voice-prompted remote control for online activities such as shopping and video streaming.
According to one source at the company, Amazon has an entire floor in its Kendall Square office dedicated to teams working on the Echo.