A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
iBAR - YOUR “TAKE ANYWHERE” BARTENDER
Entirely designed and realized in Italy, iBar is the world’s first portable cocktail machine. We think of iBar as a device you can bring anywhere you like to light up the party! It’s not just a matter of mixing, it’s about creating an experience worth living at 360° degrees, with quality music, quality drinks; when you want, where you want… this is iBar.
MIX UP TO 12 VARIETIES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
iBar cocktails taste great, but we’re pretty sure we all agree that whatever you might drink, it would taste better if you savor it with a friend. We created iBar with 12 slots to fit 12 types of drinks. Each of the 12 containers has 1L capacity! Get creative and mix and match up to 12 different flavors for an unforgettable evening!
We said it before, iBar is not just a cocktail machine. Let’s now explore in some more detail the exclusive benefits that allows it to become a new way of enjoying our life!
Tasty cocktails + great music = Amazing party! This simple, obvious equation led our decision to add these awesome double high-definition speakers to iBar. Connect your device via Bluetooth and ignite your party! iBar: tastes good, sounds good.
Night-time is the best time to party, so we decided to make iBar the most “night-friendly” cocktail machine on the market. We installed in your device a system of LEDs that will light iBar’s cocktail room to let you place your glass easily, even in the darkest night. SO useful and efficient. Oh, and it looks really cool too!
We’re well aware of how fast our mobile phone’s battery goes down. With iBar, you’ll never fear running out of juice (no pun intended). Charge all of your smart devices with the available 3.0 double USB slots.
iBar is portable. This allows it to function anywhere! Taste your favorite drinks with your friends at the beach while looking at the sunset, or enjoy a perfect Margarita at the park while relaxing with your family. iBar’s battery life obviously varies based on the use you make of it, in terms of how many accessories you turn on at the same time (Speakers, USB slots, LED Light, etc). Anyway, there’s no need to worry – the way we designed it, allows iBar’s battery to last from a few hours in the highest intensity scenario, to several hours if you were to make a more efficient use of the machine. iBar makes all this possible, at the touch of a button. With iBar, all you need is your glass. Cheers!
MOBILE APP WITH OVER 1,000 COCKTAIL RECIPES
iBar is entirely driven by its mobile app with an integrated database of over one thousand cocktail recipes; that’s ten times more than an average bartender can memorize! You’ll be able to simply look for your favorite cocktail and order it, all at the touch of a button. Easily navigate through the app. Search cocktails by name, ingredients, category, and so on. Create your “Favorites” list or set a recipe as “To try.” A lot of recipes, a lot of fun! (Creation guide app image)
For those of you who are not yet satisfied, and don’t feel like a thousand recipes is enough, (I know you’re there) go ahead and unleash your creativity! We integrated a cocktail creation guided-process into iBar’s mobile app for you to be able to create your own masterpiece. A thousand is a lot, but infinite is much, much more.
DEVELOP WORLDWIDE FRIENDSHIPS WITH iBAR’S VIRTUAL COMMUNITY APP
“Virtual iBAR” is one of the software features we’re most proud of, because it’s 100% centered on what we care about most, our customers, our backers, our community. Meeting with friends, chatting, introducing yourself to others, are just a few of the social activities you can enjoy at a bar. Our aim here at iBar is to help our customers be able to meet each other in a familiar space and establish new friendships, just as if they were sitting in a bar. Expand your friends’ list with the iBar app. Create new “tables” and invite other people to join existing conversations. Become an active member of the iBar’s worldwide community! The bar is virtual, the fun is real. Step inside, no reservation needed.
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR
We’re more than satisfied about our final result, but we’re perfectly aware that everyone has her/his own personal taste, which is why we decided to leave up to you the possibility of choosing your own iBar color.
DID WE MENTION iBAR SELF-CLEANING AND COOLING?
In order to clean the inner liquid circuits of iBar, just pour water into a dedicated container (13th iBar container), place a glass below the spout, and with just a push of a button on your app, watch your iBar clean itself in just a few seconds! Thanks to the process high efficiency, you'll be able to go through over a hundred cleaning cycles before refilling the inner water container!
iBar containers are dishwasher safe! Clean iBar circuits through the app and its containers with your washing machine. It's never been so easy!
For all that concers the chilling of the liquids, iBar has no refrigeration system integrated - as it would cause the machine to be a lot heavier, bigger and more power consuming and, of course, expensive. Therefore we suggest to store iBar containers in the fridge and then make use of a system we developed that consumes 0 energy. The system is based on an eutectic plate you can place on the top of iBar that maintains all the liquid cool and fresh. In this way you just take the liquids from the fridge before the party start, and place the eutectic plate on top of iBar to maintain them at low temperature, then, when the party is over, you can place the containers back in the fridge if you don't plan to consume liquids anytime soon. 0 power consuming - 0 volume - 0 weight - 100% effficiency.
SEE IT IN ACTION!
I woke up at 2 a.m. one night two years ago, and I had iBar in my mind. I went to my desk and started writing the basic concept, key aspects of the idea I had back at the time. The day after I was hyper excited about what was going through my mind, and therefore I decided to start buying some hardware to realize the first prototype. The first version of iBar was much bigger than this final product. The prototyping process has been hard and challenging, but we made it, and we are incredibly satisfied with what we've achieved in these two years of tireless work.
Realizing this product has been my dream since that night two years ago. I gave all of myself to get here. All my effort went into this idea, the idea I had on how, maybe, parties around the world will look like in the close future; the idea I had of a product that could bring fun, relaxation, and positive feelings into people’s lives. iBar is much more than a cocktail machine to me, it's a device that I believe can let its users achieve a little bit higher quality of life in our daily routine.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
Does your new recipe taste like the elixir of eternal youth? Let your friends know, and share it with the world!
Risks and challenges
Going through multiple-steps of prototyping process is key to obtaining a good quality, successful product. Here at iBar we know that well, and that’s why we had no fear in taking over a year and a half of hard work, experiments, joy, and pain before releasing our final version. Whew!
We've got a fully working prototype entirely designed and realized in Italy and we're ready for local mass production.