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PicoBrew's KegSmarts ensures that you never run out of beer

Do you fear running out of beer? PicoBrew's Wi-Fi-enabled KegSmarts takes its beverage monitoring very seriously.

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PicoBrew

PicoBrew is a startup with a pretty lofty goal -- to challenge the way you brew and drink beer.

Its first product, the Zymatic, was a unique all-in-one machine that was supposed to simplify home brewing. Now, these clever chaps are back on Kickstarter with a new product called KegSmarts.

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PicoBrew

KegSmarts is a modular gizmo that can attach to your existing beer fridge or come as part of PicoBrew's larger kegerator unit. This Wi-Fi-enabled wonder is supposed to give you readings on exactly what's happening with your brew via a handy OLED display. Track things like how many servings have been dispatched, how many are remaining and what type of beer is being served. Built-in sensors help maintain an optimal serving temperature.

KegSmarts can work as a standalone device, but you can also pair it with the Zymatic to cover all of your brewing and serving needs. KegSmarts just launched on Kickstarter, so there's plenty of time to snag one if you fancy smart beer-serving in the future. Contribute at least $199 to get the modular head unit. A single tap kegerator and head unit starts at $799 and a double tap kegerator and head unit costs from $999. There's also a "Home Brewer Heaven" tier which costs $2,999 and comes with a Zymatic and a double-tap KegSmarts rig. From the build-your-own KegSmarts head unit range, the Experimenter option comes in at $225 (which converts to around £150 or AU$290) and is available to ship outside the US.

There are 29 days left on the campaign, but PicoBrew has already raised over $25,000 of its $100,000 funding goal. Select units are slated to ship in April, with the remaining due out in May (most products are only available in the US, but select tiers will ship internationally).