Kuvée via Indiegogo
Kuvée via Indiegogo

This Smart Bottle Keeps Wine Fresh and Lets You Order More

Kuvée via Indiegogo
Kuvée via Indiegogo

Most wine bottles don't come with a docking station for recharging, but Kuvée is different. This sleek, Wi-Fi-enabled wine sleeve keeps its contents fresh for up to a month and allows you to order a new bottle once it's empty.

As reported by Engadget, Kuvée is the wine world's answer to the Keurig. Owners will be able to load the bottle-shaped shell with an aluminum canister of one of close to 50 varieties of vino. The sleeve's spout prevents air from getting in and the opaque exterior blocks the wine from damaging light. Wine-lovers who struggle to finish a single bottle in one sitting will never have to feel guilty about setting an opened bottle aside.

Kuvée features a color LED touchscreen that displays information about the wine inside. When the canister is empty, users will be able to order a refill directly from the Wi-Fi-connected bottle. According to the company, they plan to offer Netflix-style suggestions in the future based on each customer's wine preferences.

Kuvée is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, where they've already raised over $77,000 in donations. A smart bottle can be preordered for a pledge of $199 with shipments estimated for December of this year.

[h/t Engadget]

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A New App Interprets Sign Language for the Amazon Echo
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The convenience of the Amazon Echo smart speaker only goes so far. Without any sort of visual interface, the voice-activated home assistant isn't very useful for deaf people—Alexa only understands three languages, none of which are American Sign Language. But Fast Company reports that one programmer has invented an ingenious system that allows the Echo to communicate visually.

Abhishek Singh's new artificial intelligence app acts as an interpreter between deaf people and Alexa. For it to work, users must sign at a web cam that's connected to a computer. The app translates the ASL signs from the webcam into text and reads it aloud for Alexa to hear. When Alexa talks back, the app generates a text version of the response for the user to read.

Singh had to teach his system ASL himself by signing various words at his web cam repeatedly. Working within the machine-learning platform Tensorflow, the AI program eventually collected enough data to recognize the meaning of certain gestures automatically.

While Amazon does have two smart home devices with screens—the Echo Show and Echo Spot—for now, Singh's app is one of the best options out there for signers using voice assistants that don't have visual components. He plans to make the code open-source and share his full methodology in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

Watch his demo in the video below.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Alexa Can Now Help You Find a Wine Pairing
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Even if you enjoy wine regularly, you may not know exactly how you’re supposed to pair it with food. But you don’t have to be a sommelier to put together a good pairing at home. According to Lifehacker, you can just ask Alexa.

An Alexa skill called Wine Finder is designed to help you figure out which wine varietal would go best with whatever food you’re planning to eat. You just have to ask, “What wine goes well with … ”

Created by an app developer called Bloop Entertainment, the Amazon Echo skill features a database with 500 wine pairings. And not all of them are designed for someone working their way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The skill will also help you find the proper pairing for your more casual snacks. In one demo, the skill recommends pairing nachos with a Sauvignon blanc or Zinfandel. (Note that the latter also goes well with Frito pie.)

You can also ask it to find you the perfect wine to drink with apple pie and pizza, in addition to the meats, cheeses, and other wine-pairing staples you might expect. However, if you ask it what to pair with hot dogs, it says “water,” which is an affront to hot dog connoisseurs everywhere.

There are a few other wine-pairing skills available for Alexa, including Wine Pairings, Wine Pairings (two different skills), and Wine Expert. But according to user reviews, Wine Finder is the standout, offering more and higher-quality suggestions than some of the other sommelier apps.

It’s free to enable here, so drink up.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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