The Internet of Things claims another victim, with smart wine bottle startup Kuvée telling owners that it’s shutting down.
The company raised $6m and had a hit crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo back in 2016, with its $199 Kuvée FreshPour system that promised to keep wine fresh for up to two months.
To do that, Kuvée eschewed the traditional glass wine bottle in favor of metal canisters of the drink.
Each would slot into a digital sleeve, fronted with a touchscreen display for a WiFi-connected wine computer rather than a printed label.
Since the FreshPour smart sleeve would only work with the company’s own wine containers, owners were forced to buy direct.
Kuvée inked deals with a number of vineyards, including Bonny Doon, B.R.