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Vinmetrica's WinePilot project will bring the power of smartphones and the internet to your wine making. Our latest versions of the SC-300 are preconfigured for serial communication, and now we will develop the communication module and smartphone app to control, analyze and display your wine's chemistry and history.

Developing the WinePilot product
Developing the WinePilot product

 The project has three tasks:

1.  Adapt existing Bluetooth (BT) technology to the SC-300 (or 200) serial port.  We'll modify existing BT/Serial modules to the needed plug configuration and design a sturdy enclosure.  

2. Add serial communications code to the SC-300 firmware.  

3. Develop the Smartphone application for WinePilot.  We'll use cross-platform mobile development tools like Cordova and Ionic that support both I-phone and Android systems.  

Vinmetrica's team has a superb track record when it comes to developing compact hardware and accompanying software into products that are easy to use and hardy at their tasks.  Certainly task 1. and 2. above are straightforward extensions of our existing products.  Task 3. will take the most time.  But the mobile development tools now available make the task mostly a matter of putting together ready-made modules ("plug-ins" and "APIs") that handle the user interface, file handling and communications. So we're confident that we have the team that can deliver for the amount of funding we're seeking.

The WinePilot app's features:

The WinePilot will communicate with your SC-300 to do your calculations andlog analysis results.  You'll also be able to enter any additional information you want and have it organized by vintage.  

You'll be able to store, view and upload your wine's records in various ways, including export to the web and Excel.

Since we're writing the code, we'll be able to add future features to the app as well as to the SC-300 firmware.  And you'll be able to download and install these from the Internet, just as you do any mobile app. 

The internet of wine analysis:

That's one way to describe what we will achieve with your support -  connectivity and advanced analysis tools for the winemaker.  And a platform that we will continue to build on for expanding the power of your Vinmetrica system!

Risks and challenges

We believe that the technical risks of this project are minimal. As mentioned above, Vinmetrica has a solid track record in bringing hardware and software projects to market. Our team of scientists and engineers are ready to "do it again". If there is any risk in this regard, it is limited to the availability of some team members who work on a consulting basis. That is why the funding is so important - we'll be able to ensure consistent support for them throughout the project.

The development and testing of the WinePilot smartphone App requires software that we will outsource, as we have limited experience in that area. So there is always some risk that incorporating a new software platform will cause delays. On the other hand, there are numerous programmers with this expertise, hence multiple resources from which we can draw.

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    Interface

    Bluetooth Interface and app only. Serial/BT API also will be made available. This allows you to interface any TTL output to the app or to your own app. Not intended for Vinmetrica users.

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    Upgrade -Early Bird Special

    For current users of the SC-300 with firmware 3.2.d or later, this provides an upgrade path. You'll upgrade your current unit to the new SC-300 wine analyzer kit with the Smart phone Bluetooth interface. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen,potassium, and more! You'll have to ship your instrument to us for the upgrade.

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    For current users of the SC-300 (SN 2897 or higher, or firmware version 3.2.d), or SC-200s (SN466 or higher or firmware 2.2.d), this provides an upgrade path. You'll upgrade your current unit to the new SC-300 (or -200) wine analyzer kit with the Smart phone Bluetooth interface. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, potassium, and more! You'll have to ship your instrument to us for the upgrade.

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    Appreciation - Early Bird Special

    For users of older SC-300s (SN 2896 or lower, or firmware version 3.1.2 or earlier), -200s (SN465 or lower or firmware 2.1.2 or earlier), or SC100A or SC100 units, this gives you a $100 discount, in addition to the 30% discount, on the new price for these items. You'll get the new SC-300 wine analyzer unit with the Smart phone interface. Any needed probe can be purchased separately. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, residual sugar, and more!

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    For users of older SC-300s (SN 2896 or lower, or firmware version 3.1.2 or earlier), -200s (SN465 or lower or firmware 2.1.2 or earlier), or SC100A or SC100 units, this gives you a $100 discount, in addition to the 30% discount, on the new price for these items. You'll get the new SC-300 wine analyzer unit with the Smart phone interface. Any needed probe can be purchased separately. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, residual sugar, and more!

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    An SC-300 wine analyzer kit with the Smart phone interface. Complete kit that represents a 30% discount on the new price for these items. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen,potassium, and more!

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    Pro Kit

    An SC-300 wine analyzer Pro kit with the Bluetooth/serial module and app. Complete kit that represents a 30% discount on the new price for these items. Includes lab stand, burette, magnetic stirrer, temperature probe. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, residual sugar, and more! Current kit components can be shipped by Aug 2017 if program is funded.

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    Pool your purchases and get 4 New Member deals at an additional discount. This provides you with 4 complete SC-300 kits that include temperature probe and Bluetooth/serial module & app. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, residual sugar, and more! Current kit components can be shipped by Aug 2017 if program is funded.

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    Get 10 SC-300 complete wine analyzer kits for resale or group purchase at a significant discount. Includes Bluetooth/serial module, app and temperature probe. Collect data on pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, residual sugar, and more!

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