One of NASSCOM Center of Excellence,  IoT’s first incubated startups IoT Pot, an arm of IoK Labs Inc. has unveiled their first innovation on Indiegogo – Klove Knob; a product that promises to make cooking smart and safe. Klove Knob can be made to replace any conventional existing stove knob and needs no additional hardware to jump into action. Priced at $29 (early bird price), $39 (single unit price), and $25 per unit when bought as a pack of six, Klove Knob will change the way people cook forever.

Commenting on the development, Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO, NASSCOM Center of Excellence-IoT said, “It’s a pleasure to see one of our first incubated start-ups get recognized and invested in for their efforts by some of the big names in the industry. We hope to see them reach greater heights in the future and will extend our full support in enabling the same”

10,000 Start-ups is an ambitious attempt by NASSCOM to scale up the startup ecosystem in India by 10x. 10,000 Start-ups aims to enable incubation, funding and support for 10,000 technology startups in India over the next ten years. Since its launch in April 2013, the program has done about 800 events in 25 cities of the country which were attended by a whopping 30,000 attendees and received 17,800 Applicants, 2934 Start-ups Shortlists.In 2016 alone, the program received over 4000 applications of which 658 startups were shortlisted, 130 women leaders were inducted and 300 influencers were involved in mentorship. The program is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft Ventures, Kotak, Amazon Web Services,

In 2016 alone, the program received over 4000 applications of which 658 startups were shortlisted, 130 women leaders were inducted and 300 influencers were involved in mentorship. The program is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft Ventures, Kotak, Amazon Web Services, Facebook, IBM and DigitalOcean.

Making An Existing Kitchen Smart


Klove Knob is the world’s first voice assisted stove knob that helps in making an existing kitchen smart. The Klove Knob is pre-programmed with the times of things that are cooked most often. IoK Labs says that their Klove Knob is highly intuitive as compared to a micro wave oven, where the pre-set menu times have to be searched. With a Klove Knob, one needs to simply speak out what they’d like to cook and Klove Knob will set the time.

Besides being an intelligent kitchen timer, Klove Knob has several features that one can use creatively. For instance, it can be used to personalize cooking times for favourite dishes. Also, the Klove app can be used to learn how to prepare something. This way, even the first-time cooking something turns into a delightful experience. Klove Knob’s inherent learning ability continuously calibrate preparation times based on the user’s real-time cooking behaviour, which could vary depending on variables such as utensil size or water hardness.

Food major Nestle has picked IoT Pot to integrate Klove technologies with their ready to cook product recipes. The company is also working with other partners such as recipe content providers, and kitchen appliance OEMs to deliver their customers a unified and complete cooking experience.

Bahubali Shete, the brain behind the product said, “Cooking is an art, not everyone enjoys cooking. It takes up a lot of time and attention. Hence, we at IoT Pot made a product that knows cooking times and is intuitive to a user’s cooking needs. There is no need to touch/tap / swipe the screen to set a timer”.

How Does It work?


The knob pairs up with a smartphone via an app and integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Simply speak to Alexa / Google Home / Klove App and ask, “What’s cooking”? Klove Knob will respond by setting the cooking time automatically (IoT Pot is constantly upgrading the software with cooking times of various foods) based on what is being cooked.

Klove Knob is designed with the consumer’s safety and convenience in mind. Its simple design allows it be retrofitted on conventional stoves with no technical assistance involved. With a smart geofencing feature, Klove Knob alerts a user if they step away from the kitchen leaving something on the burner.

“We don’t call this a smart knob because the knob does not control anything. We simply want to help people in their cooking and that’s all that matters to us. There are many issues in controlling the burner”, says Bahubali, and he adds, “hence, it really doesn’t help to turn off the burner as one always wants to confirm that the food is properly cooked before turning off the flame.

Secondly, being an Internet of Things (IoT) device, a device could always be vulnerable to hacks that could lead to serious damages. Klove Knob eliminates hacking threats to ensure a simple and safe cooking experience.”

In the coming months, IoT Pot plans to roll-out voice assisted recipe walk-throughs with more products like the Klove Knob to simplify cooking. According to Bahubali Shete, “A lot is cooking at IoT Pot. With Klove, cooking can become enjoyable. That’s our vision at IoT Pot”.

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