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Foodie and Travel Technology at CES 2017

by  Paul and Teresa Lowe on January 30, 2017
Foodie and Travel Technology at CES 2017

Did you know a great bottle of wine can be ruined if stored or served incorrectly? Enjoying exquisite tasting wine, however, can be as easy as one, two, three.

While touring the world's mecca of innovation and technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, we came upon a few tech finds worth highlighting if you are wine lover and/or travel enthusiast.

What Makes a Good Wine? D-Vine

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10-Vins is the maker of the machine called D-Vine. Co-founder Thibaut Jarrousse and his ingenious partners, who hail from Nantes, France, say it's a wine-by-the-glass tasting machine that aerates and brings the wine in your bottles to the ideal serving temperature in less than a minute. It is as though the wine has been resting in a carafe for a couple of hours.

Perhaps you're wondering how could this be?  How does such a device work? Jarrousse reveals the D-Vine system uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. There is a small chip on the specialty bottles of wine that accompany the machine. The chip transmits the ideal serving condition for a particular type of wine and for your particular palate preferences - more sweet or more dry.  All you have to do is insert your flask of cabernet sauvignon, Bordeaux or chardonnay into D-Vine, then place your glass under the fill outlet and you know have the perfect glass of wine.

The machine also takes away a lot of guessing when it comes to food pairings such as chicken with white wine or beef with red. It offers instructional images and helpful tips from vintners and chefs about wine and meal profiles. 

Jarrousse and his colleagues say D-Vine is enjoying approval worldwide by wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs and sommelier professionals who truly know their wines.  After sampling wine using D-Vine’s technology for ourselves, it also has our approval.  Learn more at https://www.10-vins.com.  It retails around $1200.

Translate Menus and Wine List with the IRISPen Scanner

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Traveling in countries where you don't fully understand the language can be adventurous but also challenging especially when ordering food and drinks. There's now a translation gadget and app just for that.

The IRISPen digital highlighter is used by travelers for quickly translating menus and wine lists at restaurants or scanning barcodes from a bank transfer slip.  The tiny 9 oz. IRISPen ™ Executive 7 by Canon captured a lot of attention at the 50th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show for its fast-full text operating system and wireless links for your smartphone and laptop.

The device operates with a synthesized voice in more than 40 languages which comes in handy for world traveling foodies.  It retails for only $129.  Learn more at http://www.irislink.com/EN-US/c973/IRISPen-Executive-7---Pen-scanner.aspx.

CES held in Las Vegas, by the way, is the world's largest display of consumer technology and innovative concepts. Many of these inventions will likely be in your local stores by the Christmas shopping holiday season.

Photo credit: Paul and Teresa Lowe

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