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About this project
A Global Revolution for Wine
We at Smart Sensor Technologies are passionate wine enthusiasts; looking to improve the current methods for monitoring wine. Meet the WineMinder; the mobile-powered wine monitor that is set to change the way we drink wine. WineMinder is a unique system that is designed to help inform you about the current condition of your wine. By using advanced algorithms, the WineMinder can accurately predict the lifespan of your wine collection. It's a simple and effective way of protecting the wine you love.
We have created an algorithm that tracks the ageing process of wine based on the variety, region and vintage which in turn allows us to give a recommendation on the best time to consume and also make alterations to this as the wines are kept outside of the optimum storage temperature. This gives consumers the ability to manage their collections and be able to pinpoint the best time to drink based on storage conditions. So whether they have a temperature controlled cellar or it is kept in a cupboard our algorithm can map the optimum time.
A big issue with storing
wines is knowing when to open it and when it has gone bad. It comes
back to the information about how external factors have an impact and how it affects the ideal time to drink your wines. Issues arise when the temperature
isn’t kept at a constant and fluctuates. Humidity is another factor which will
alter the life of your bottle and deterioration of cork in those old bottles
still in storage.
There is an old saying that a wine cellar is not a hospital;
when your wine is ruined it is already too late. The best and only cure is prevention,
which is where we come in.
WineMinder does something very special; it tells
you the best time to drink your wine based on how it has been stored. That’s
right! This means you can still enjoy great bottles of wine despite not having
a temperature-controlled wine cellar.
We combine our specialised device with our mobile
application and our food science algorithm to track the ageing process of any wine
in the world! Based on the quality of wine, variety of grape, and region it is
from we are able to map and track the best time to consume your wine based on
how it has been stored!
Whether you store your wine in your New Zealand home cellar, or on the deck of your Californian home in summer; WineMinder will let you know the perfect time to drink your wine. With the WineMinder, you can have the best wine, every time.
The WineMinder is recognised for its innovation in the wine industry:
A few wine-loving mates wondered whether you could work out how temperature affects the aging of wine. And as it turns out, you can! Based on this insight (and some liberal consumption of wine), we came up with a way to keep an eye on stored wine (whether in a cellar or not) that could tell them when each bottle was ready to drink.
And so WineMinder was born..
The team has come from various backgrounds including IT (software and hardware), Engineering, Finance and other entrepreneurial opportunities. In the short time we have been selling WineMinder we have received some great feedback about the accuracy of our device and algorithm, which was created in conjunction with food scientists and mathematicians. This (coupled with research from Government bodies and Educational institutions) is what gave us the strong foundations to begin development.
After some deft design and manufacturing work, we took WineMinder through a production run in late 2015. Since then we’ve been a finalist in a wine innovation competition, and have been selected as one of Australia’s most innovative companies by Anthill; one of Australia’s largest online communities for entrepreneurs, business builders and innovators.
Global Wine Database
With two masters of wine offering their services, WineMinder will provide a completely global database for wines. This will mean accurate tracking of wines across the globe. With a couple of taps, you can find out more about the wine you drink, and share your experience with your wine using our rating system.
Temperature and Humidity Sensor
The WineMinder device can sense the environmental conditions that can dramatically affect your wine's lifespan. Elements such as temperature and humidity are monitored by our unit and then sent to the app. The App will then track it against the wines in your cellar, and report when the best time to drink them are.
Multiple Device Support
Different wines may be stored in different conditions. WineMinder's app can communicate between multiple devices to track the different conditions your wine may be exposed to. This feature allows for flexibility around the storage conditions for your wine.
WineMinder is designed from the ground up to use as little power as possible. On average, a WineMinder unit can last a whole year without needing a battery replacement. No need to plug it into the wall or purchase an exorbitant amount of additional batteries. WineMinder is made to be cost effective.
Easy to Use
WineMinder makes the process of monitoring your wine collection simple. All you need to do is take a photo of your wine and search for it the WineMinder database. The WineMinder unit will handle all the complicated calculations so you don't have to.
WineMinder is designed to be simply beautiful and unobtrusive in your cellar. Simply set and forget as the WineMinder tracks all of your wines. The slim, dark design of the WineMinder will compliment your cellar. WineMinder also has a transparent outer shell that is designed to protect it from moisture and accidental drops.
Aiming for the Stars
Thank You For Your Support!
We’re really excited by WineMinder and where we can take it. It’s early days, but we’re helping take some of the mystery out of storing and drinking wine. We’re always looking for ways to improve WineMinder, so feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions.
Until then, remember what really matters about wine is enjoying it. So drink up!
Risks and challenges
The primary risk with this Kickstarter is the entrance into the global market. With us currently working in the Australian market, we will be distributing our product globally for the first time. This will produce some preliminary stumbles in regards to translation, legal requirements, and other issues.
However, our original device has been tried and tested in a pilot program which has proven our concept. We have refined what we did the first time round to bring a much sleeker device and produce far more accurate results! As well as our global mapping capabilities, we have proven track record of time-management and achieving our objectives. We at Smart Sensor Technologies do not see that changing for the global launch of WineMinder Global.
You get the new and improved WineMinder fresh off the press. The WineMinder will be upgraded with a humidity reader and a sleeker design!
You also receive 3 months usage to our global shelf life algorithm and global database of wines!