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Start-ups: Better Beer and Coffee with Brewbot and Bonaverde
Photo: Simon Mills


Photo: Simon Mills
Brew With Panache: Brewbot’s largely automated home beer brewery is monitored and controlled with a smartphone app.

The poster child for the Internet of Things is the smart refrigerator, which keeps track of your groceries, orders new ones, and acts like a digital bulletin board. Alas, grocery management hasn’t inflamed much passion among the early adopters crucial to driving new consumer technology. But maybe a new idea for the kitchen of tomorrow can: do-it-yourself beer and coffee.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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