Project image
)}
€12,001
pledged of 105.000 €pledged of 105.000 € goal
92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 30 2019 10:09 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 1, 2019

AquaTelligent | Your smart shower add-on saving 40%

AquaTelligent helps you save up to 40% water, energy, CO2 & money! Control one of the most water & energy consuming devices, the shower

AquaTelligent | Your smart shower add-on saving 40%

AquaTelligent helps you save up to 40% water, energy, CO2 & money! Control one of the most water & energy consuming devices, the shower

€12,001
pledged of 105.000 €pledged of 105.000 € goal
92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 30 2019 10:09 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 1, 2019

About

Why is it so difficult to measure and control one of the most water and energy consuming devices, the shower? The shower costs hundreds of Euro's or Dollars. Take control and become a conscious shower user and save 40% water, energy, money and CO2. 

Showers use up to 25% of your yearly water and energy bill. At the same time clean drinking water is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Water stress is increasing and prices around the world are rising. Clean water is therefore one of the United Nations sustainable development goals. With the AquaTelligent it's so easy to stop flowing precious resources and money down the drain. These savings are equivalent to planting between 20 and 80 trees per year!

How does the AquaTelligent work and help you?

  • AquaTelligent can tell you the efficiency of your shower. You can then set the amount of water flowing to your own comfort. Easily save 10-30% without even noticing a difference in comfort.
  • AquaTelligent tells you when your shower is warm. Every time you wait for the shower to get warm, you can save many liters/gallons of warm water from just flowing down the drain.
  • AquaTelligent will inform you with light and sound when you’ve consumed say 40 liters/10 gallons of water or showered for 5 minutes. All notifications can easily be customized. Even the color of the light and sounds.
  • AquaTelligent can be connected to your smartphone to get insights to show you how much water, energy, costs and CO2 your last showers used or how much you saved. The app also allows you to set your own goals and notifications. A smartphone is not necessary in the bathroom for the device to work :).
  • AquaTelligent requires no battery change as it is powered by the waterflow
  • AquaTelligent fits any shower
  • Want to save even more and have fun? Score points and rewards in the App.

Feel great about your next conscious shower experience.

 Why we need your help

Since last year we have spent hundreds of hours and invested thousands of euros to develop the different parts of the AquaTelligent.  

We now bring AquaTelligent to Kickstarter to get your support for our concept and to help finance the mass production of our product. Your support shows us that we created a product you care about! If we reach our Kickstarter goal, an investor committed to invest another 50.000 euros to finalize the development of the AquaTelligent.

Please note that the functionalities of the AquaTelligent shown below are how the final version of the AquaTelligent will function. Our current prototype can perform only some of these functionalities. We however want to show you what you will get once the development is finalized. For more information about our current project status and our experience in building devices scroll down.

Support us to help us accomplish our mission to make every drop count and save significant amounts of water, energy, CO2 and costs.

  Average water consumption (very similar around the world)

Typical water consumption (numbers can vary due to type of shower, bath usage and size of household)
Typical energy consumption (numbers can vary due to type of heating source and size of household and housing type)
AquaTelligent installed on a head shower with arm/rain shower and on a mixer with hose and hand shower. It fits almost all showers!

AquaTelligent will first let you measure your shower, so you know how much it uses. The AquaTelligent App will then show you how efficient your shower is. Then you decide how much warm water your shower consumes by reducing the flow of your shower to your own comfort. Enjoy a shower with just the right amount of water that you prefer.

Adjust the amount of water coming through your shower
See how efficient your shower is compared to others

After you open your shower, it takes some time before warm water starts flowing. You wait or do something else, then you put your hand under the shower and feel that the water is warm. Do you know how long the warm water was already flowing? You get in and the shower is too hot and you turn it down. Sounds like a typical shower right? However quite some warm water flowed down the drain unused, before you stepped in the shower and energy when you turned down the temperature.

AquaTelligent will tell you when the temperature is just right for you to jump in, making sure no water is wasted while you wait for the shower to heat up.

AquaTelligent blinks to show you that your shower is ready. Light colours can be changed and audio can be added on your smartphone

Research has shown that by providing users with information about their consumption they can save up 20% of their warm water consumption in the shower*. AquaTelligent can help you become more conscious about your consumption and help you save significant amounts of water, energy, CO2 and costs.

Set personalized goals and get notified by the LED lights on the AquaTelligent and set customisable sounds on your smartphone. How does this work? Say you want to know when you’ve spent 5 minutes or 35 liters/9 gallons. You set this goal and your light colour and sound notification. Enjoy your shower and feel great about your savings.

See how much your last showers consumed in comparison to your target
AquaTelligent Orange blinking - You reached your maximum target

AquaTelligent will come in white like your fancy smartphone for that high tech look or in chrome to give it that modern look in your bathroom.

Head shower installation

Hand shower installation

Rain shower installation

 AquaTelligent is designed to fit almost all showers in the world. Almost all showers in the world have standard 1/2 inch connection. Although there are two standards of threading NPT (USA) and BSP (rest of world), the AquaTelligent fits both 1/2 inch systems. Find out more about the exact installation steps in the FAQ.

Examples of App screens in Metric and Imperial

Hi, I am Buddy. I am your coach in the Aquatelligent App and will help you to reach your goals and save water. I will not only help you save water, but also energy. Saving you a lot of money, that stays in your pockets! I will motivate you to reach your goals and help you improve your usage.

You get a water and energy bill every year, maybe twice a year. We want to change that, by showing you real time how much you consume in your shower and how much your last showers used. See your average consumption during the day, week, month or even year and see how you compare to your target so you can save even more. Water can be very costly, especially when heated. So, showering a long time, means money literally going down the drain. Using the AquaTelligent in a 4-person-household could lead to savings up to several hundred $ a year depending on your local water and energy prices.

Imagine the impact if everyone would have an AquaTelligent installed. This would save billions of liters of water and huge amounts of electricity and gas, while at the same time reducing your environmental footprint.

How much could a household of four save around the world?

Calculations can vary depending on household, shower type, number of showers, shower duration and much more. Our calculations are based on an average shower consumption of around 8 minutes. Several studies around the world have found figures of around 8 minutes. We calculated with a not so efficient shower head. If you have a power or rain shower, you might consume even more liters or gallons per minute. 

AquaTelligent installed in a variety of showers

AquaTelligent can also be used in gyms, sports clubs, rental apartments etc., where the savings can scale up to 1000s € a year. Especially in hotels or studenthouses water and energy consumption can take on tremendous dimensions. 

We think it’s pretty cool that we can help people and organisations save a lot of water, energy and hard-earned money with the AquaTelligent, especially when it’s so simple, but there is a lot more to it. Water scarcity, increasing water prices, energy poverty, carbon emissions from heating water are both local and global concerns.

Climatic changes make these situations more severe. We already see increasingly strong droughts all over the world, not least in California and Australia. Or the European heatwave in 2018. Water stress can lead to devastating catastrophes, forest fires, water shortages, crop failure and even death of humans and animals alike.

Governments are forced to restrict water consumption by the public increasingly. Examples just in 2018 came from the US, Australia, South Africa, Europe and Asia. Homeowners were advised to use water only when necessary during the summer. California has even introduced a law that will go into effect 2022 and will limit water consumption to approximately 220 litres per person per day.
                     AquaTelligent is not the panacea to all these problems, but it can contribute a little bit to an eco-friendlier and more sustainable household. Europe alone has more than 200 million households. So, using AquaTelligent in such a scale would make a huge impact.

Image from world resources institute
 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

The idea for founding AquaTelligent was back in 2017. Laurent is the founder of Sparcio a company that wants to make every drop count by developing and selling water saving add-ons for showers and faucets. He was investigating how he could show his customers their actual (warm)water and energy savings instead of only the calculated savings. After searching the market for possible solutions, it was clear that nothing of the sort existed. Although everything using electricity could be measured by energy meters, devices to measure water consumption did not exist. Measuring water consumption was not so “smart” yet. 

We want AquaTelligent to contribute to a better and more conscious interaction between people and resources. We know it is not easy to change the world and old habits, but we believe that by beginning small within our own 4 walls we can make a difference. Especially since the shower uses almost 25% of the water and energy consumed in most houses, we believe AquaTelligent should be in everyone’s home. Read more

Below we describe what we have done so far and what still needs to be done after the Kickstarter campaign.

Generator 

We proved that we can get sufficient energy from the water stream to power the electronics such as the PCB Board, Bluetooth connection and the LED lights.

Design

We worked on several prototypes and decided that a nice round shape looks best. We 3D printed several prototypes to see how best to fit in the necessary electronics. We now have a design that looks great and can contain the generator and electronics. Our next steps are to make the final design prototype with all the components. 

App

Much of the functionality of the AquaTelligent comes with the App. We wanted to develop and design the App already, so you can get a feeling for its features, looks and functionalities. We first started working on a functioning app, including a database for all the information. In a next step we made a sleek design of the app. The screens we show above are actual screens from our app development process and not just designed pictures. We already know how to read out the values received via Bluetooth of the water flow and temperature. At this moment the App does not yet work with the AquaTelligent device. Our next step is to finalize the App and database and establish the connection with the device.

Electronics and connectivity

We have made the first PCB boards to control the LED lighting and to connect the device through wire and wireless. Our next step is to design and produce the final PCB Board that adds the generator as the power source instead of a battery. We will use Bluetooth as our way of communication. 

Certification
                 Our device functions at very low energy levels, so there will never be any risk to users. As all electronic products need to be tested, so they comply with regulatory norms, we have identified all the relevant norms (e.g. CE/FCC) that our product needs to comply with. We will conduct these when our final prototype is ready. As you can see in our planning, the certification process will take us some time to complete.

Mass production

We have received quotes from several suppliers for the necessary parts. Based on previous experience developing products we also know the upfront fixed costs and variable costs for mass producing the plastic parts of the product. We have contacted several manufacturers for the production and assembly of the electronics and the device.

Financials

To realize our first batch of approximately 1200 units of AquaTelligent we need 155.000 Euro. We have an investor that is willing to invest an additional 50.000 Euro if our Kickstarter campaign is a success. This money will be used to finalize the development steps. The remaining 105.000 euro is needed to mass produce the first batch of AquaTelligent. 

Campaign funded by the City of Munich - Department of Employment and the Economy / Kampagne gefördert durch die Landeshauptstadt München - Referat für Arbeit und Wirtschaft

AquaTelligent received the Seal of Excellence from the European Union Horizon 2020 program. We are a first-class innovation idea worthy of investment.

AquaTelligent was selected by Innovation Gateway in the UK (2 Degrees organisation) for its innovative product idea.

 Instagram                                            Facebook                                                Twitter

Press Release

Find our press release here.

Press release - AquaTelligent launches crowdfunding campaign for a simple and smart shower  add-on, that saves up to 40% water, energy, costs and CO2 on 30 September 2019 

 ** www.sparcio.com

* ETH Zurich University (2015). Real-time feedback interventions to reduce energy and water consumption a long-term perspective; Tasic, V.

Risks and challenges

It is always complicated to develop a new product from scratch. Many challenges need to be overcome such as developing or finding the right technology, identifying the correct specifications, getting the mechanical and electrical components to work together, producing the parts, testing and finally to make a product that is easy to use and fits customers needs.
However rest assured. The AquaTelligent is not just an idea. We have already completed many steps of the development process. We developed and tested many prototypes and the product works in an actual shower. We have also established the connectivity with the smartphone. It is working, just as you love it.
Moreover we have significant personal experience in product development. We have developed multiple complex sensor products with IoT functionality over the past years. So we’re very confident we can produce the AquaTelligent according to a our expected planning!
We are committed to the AquaTelligent as it will help so many of you save water, energy, CO2 and costs and therefore will give our very best to take on any possible hurdle, that might hamper the course of AquaTelligent’s development, production, functionality, delivery etc. with full force. But going on a journey like this always comes along with unforeseen risks, delays and problems.
We work together with highly qualified and large manufacturers, that have track records in the required fields to face the last obstacles to production and logistics. We also have long term partnerships with capable distributors, doing everything to deliver your AquaTelligent on time.

Said challenges and risks might create a delay to deliver the product to you. We also depend on external parties, that we cannot control. This includes the postal service. We do our best to serve you and keep you updated through the process.
In case of a very successful campaign, this might lead to small bottlenecks in production and testing, however since we are preparing ourselves for mass production. We don’t believe this will result in major delays. The final testing and certification procedures are however more difficult to control as this is conducted by external firms. We estimate that this could results in a delay between 4-10 weeks.

But as said AquaTelligent works: we have put in hundreds of hours to create something special and have tested it. Receiving consistently positive reviews.
Let’s start making every drop count! Save water, energy, CO2 and money!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 2

    High five without a Reward

    Support us and become part of our journey. You will receive all the updates and you helped fulfill our dream.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high five
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    18 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge €80 or more About US$ 89

    AquaTelligent | Early Bird

    Get your hands on an AquaTelligent. Control your shower and start saving water, energy, money and CO2. Help yourself and the environment. Become a conscious user and make the world a little better.

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge €120 or more About US$ 133

    AquaTelligent & Hand Shower | Early Bird

    You like AquaTelligent, but you like taking it to the next level or because you need a new hand shower. Then this is the right reward for you.

    Get an AquaTelligent with the luxury Sparcio Pluvento AirShower hand shower. This hand shower brings the best in shower technology to you. Water saving without the loss of comfort. You will save a even more water, energy, money and CO2!

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • Hand shower with Sparcio Air Technology
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge €120 or more About US$ 133

    AquaTelligent & Head Shower | Early Bird

    You like AquaTelligent, but you like taking it to the next level or because you need a new hand shower. Then this is the right reward for you.

    Get an AquaTelligent with the Sparcio Pluvento AirShower head shower. This head shower brings the best in shower technology to you. Water saving without the loss of comfort. You will save a lot of water, energy, money and CO2!

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • Head Shower (world-wide compatible)
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge €130 or more About US$ 144

    AquaTelligent Bundle | Super Early Bird

    You want to save the double amount of water, energy, money and CO2? And you want to be one of the first? Get the *Super Early Bird* AquaTelligent Bundle and start controlling your shower!

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 6 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge €145 or more About US$ 161

    AquaTelligent Bundle | Early Bird

    Get your hands on two AquaTelligent devices. Control your shower and save double amount of water, energy, money and CO2. Become a conscious user and make the world a little better.

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge €215 or more About US$ 239

    AquaTelligent Triple | Early Bird

    2 is not enough? This might grab your attention. You get 3 AquaTelligent devices. Ideal for friends, family or your second home. Control your shower and start saving water, energy, money and CO2. Help yourself and the environment.

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge €715 or more About US$ 792

    AquaTelligent 10 Pack | Early Bird

    You are a Landlord, Sports club owner or just take saving water, energy, CO2 and money seriously? This is what you’ve been looking for. You get 10 AquaTelligent to equip all your showers or give them away as gifts for friends and family.

    Includes:
    • 10× AquaTelligent
    • 10× AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge €1,750 or more About US$ 1,938

    25 Pack AquaTelligent | Early Bird

    BOOOM – here it is: The Utility Pack. You get 25 AquaTelligent devices! You really care about saving water, energy, CO2 and money? Equip all your houses, friends, family and your whole neighborhood or your hotel.

    Includes:
    • 25× AquaTelligent
    • 25× AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    • 1 x Special Thank You Goodie Pack
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge €70 or more About US$ 78

    AquaTelligent | Super Early Bird

    You want to save water, energy, money and CO2? And you want to be one of the first? Get the *Super Early Bird* AquaTelligent Single and start controlling your shower!

    Includes:
    • AquaTelligent
    • AquaTelligent App (free to download)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 25 backers

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)