Smart Vineyards

Here’s what’s been catching our eye recently in tech, culture, and the space in between.

• Smart Vineyards. This author spent three years working in the Chianti winemaking region of Tuscany. In a practice that dates back hundreds of years, farmers always plant roses at the head of each grapevine. Why? Because roses are more susceptible to the same type of fungal diseases that attack grapevines. So if a rose attracts mildew, it serves as an early warning sign that the grapes will soon be infected. It turns out that in addition to safety and convenience, the Programmable World is now innovating how winemakers produce better, healthier grapes. (Cisco)

• The Hub of the Connected Home Could Be in your Living Room. The latest post in ReadWrite’s interesting Home series highlights a few key players who are ensuring that the fully connected home goes beyond safety and control, but also includes a healthy does of fun and entertainment. Look for a nice SmartThings mention. (ReadWrite)

• What Happens When Hardware + Software Crash Together? A new medium. (O’Reilly)

• Former “Siri” Director Now Working on #IoT. Former Apple software engineer Luc Julia, who was in charge of developing the company’s Siri virtual assistant, is now working at Samsung on SAMI, a platform that looks to aggregate and distribute data from Internet connected devices. (Apple Insider)

• You Can Now Get Calvin and Hobbes as E-Books. This makes us incredibly happy. (Gizmodo)

• SmartThings raises $12.5 Million to Internet Some More Things. Of all the great headlines yesterday on our recent round of funding, this was by far the best. A tip of the hat, @karaswisher. (AllThingsD)
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