With Ember Technologies' new Ember mug, you set the temperature of your beverage using an app on your phone.
Redmond continues to fan the flames of its IP claims against open source, but it sounds less inclined to defend them vigorously now that it's an active consumer of open source.
Ember, which has attracted 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as a board member and investor, announced on Monday that it has received a $3 million seed round. Polaris Venture Partners led the round, which also included investments from DFJ New England and Stata Venture Partners. Cambridge, Mass.-based Ember is developing hardware and software to create the technology to operate a wireless network for devices. Robert Poor, Ember founder and chief technology officer, said networking micro-controllers are built into everyday devices from TV remotes to appliances, but the ability to network these devices is absent. He added that Ember is working on developing a wireless device networking standard that can be used by device manufacturers, which will test the technology in the next six months. Ember launched its business with patented MIT Media Laboratory technology. See complete list.