The Volt - Aging Wine In Less Time
The Volt - Aging Wine In Less Time
If you want to electrify your wine experience and improve the way you drink and enjoy wine, Faraday has a solution for you.
If you want to electrify your wine experience and improve the way you drink and enjoy wine, Faraday has a solution for you. Read more
About this project
FARADAY INC based out of Tampa, Florida is proud to introduce The Volt. The Volt is a first. In minutes, The Volt can accomplish what currently can take years – “aging” wine. Utilizing electricity, Volt aims to enhance your wine by mimicking the aging process. Whether your aim is to improve a $10 or $100 bottle of wine, FARADAY has the solution.
The Volt was inspired by one of the world’s foremost authorities on electrochemical reactions, Michael Faraday. We hope that by utilizing Faraday’s methods and techniques, The Volt can change the way wine is enjoyed and produced.
The Volt is a revolutionary new product that uses a precise, focused electric field that can chemically alter the makeup of certain important compounds in a bottle of wine. It will chemically alter them just enough to cause a variance in the the way it smells, tastes and feels in your mouth. We liken this to simulate 'aging' if that particular varietal was able to age.
How does this process work?
The 'magic' inside the Volt occurs due to the application of an electric field to the bottle of wine. Thanks to our custom designed circuitry, its combination of precise voltage and a specific number of cycles per second of the field, the result is a bottle of wine that appears matured. This changes occurs even if the wine itself wasn't a vintage that allows improvement of the flavor profile.
The use of an electric field results in a homogeneous wine solution that resembles a bottle that has been subjected to many years of natural aging. The electric field penetrates the bottle and alters the makeup of the wine inside.
The electric field penetrates the bottle of wine using invisible and harmless waves that you can't see or feel. The process to create this specific field isn't the easiest thing to do, but the actual application to a bottle of wine is simple, painless, quiet and easy!
The Volt was designed with ease of use in mind:
Is it really that easy...?
Take the cap off, place your bottle of wine (open or not) inside the Volt and press start. It's that simple. When the process is complete, the Volt will alert you to let you know your bottle of wine is ready to enjoy.
To take a concept that was an idea just a few years ago, from paper, to Computer Animated Design, to a physical working prototype, is not easy. Our Kickstarter campaign follows on the heels of years of Research and Development. Testing, multiple proofs of concept all paid for out of pocket, got us to this point. With the help of you, our friends, we are going to have a successful campaign that allows us to provide a stellar product as well as future releases.
Here you can get a general idea of how this project progressed over the course of the last few years.
Below you will see the original prototype which was made using a combination of off the shelf components and custom designed circuitry. The initial prototype was breadboarded to make it possible for us to confirm this technology worked. Even the box we used to house the components were 3D printed. For us, this was easily the hardest part to complete as we used electronics that had not before been applied to an application like this.
The initial prototypes (see below) were 3D printed boxes with our circuitry placed inside. As the design progressed and our needs progressed, so did the look. We used multiple 3D printers for the original prototypes, each getting larger and larger as we needed more build volume.
The first prototype was very crude. It was a bladder made out of Lexan that was big enough to hold an entire bottle of wine. We then ran leads from the prototype power supply to aluminum plates on either side of the exterior of the bladder. When power was applied to them, an electric field was created.
We went through many design phases. What started as a unit you would pour your wine into, ended up morphing into something much different than where we started. Initially, very similar to a Keurig, we were going to design a wine dispensing unit that allowed us to slim the design down even more. We ultimately decided against that (not that it was a bad idea) and as you can see by some of the examples below, we knew we were onto something with this shape and design.
Here is a tiny glimpse into how this evolved.
There have been quite a few campaigns that had one product shown as their final design. Often times they ended up going with something different due to production constraints or manufacturing issues that they couldn't work around. We have tried our best to anticipate issues that may arise with certain aspects of this project. We feel strongly that we shouldn't have any last minute design changes.
Is it possible that the final design could change a bit from what you expect? Yes. We will strive to keep the design as close to, if not exactly like what you expect. If we have to change something, we will solicit feedback from our backers first and take these responses into consideration.
We took the time to submit a provisional patent application for The Volt, which was accepted by the U.S.P.T.O. on 3/20/2015. We felt it necessary to protect our device's design/utility due to the cutting edge nature of how it works and what it does.
While all of the features have yet to be completely finalized, the general guidelines for what you can expect to do are as follows:
- Adjust the power output
- Adjust the timer
- Turn the unit on/off
- Get notification when the process has completed
Some anticipated stretch goals for when we hit our funding goal will most likely include additional features such as:
- The ability to input the year and type of wine you are processing
- Upload your settings for others to try
- QR scanning capabilities
- A settings rating system that allows other to vote on different combinations of power settings and wine varietals
Faraday Inc was a concept born in 2009 amongst a few dreamers. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we had formed the basis of what would later become the company we are today. In 2014 we made it official and incorporated. With years of conceptualizing ideas that we had considered for some time but had yet to engage, we decided it was time to leave traditional jobs and a traditional work life and make our dreams reality.
We aren’t a major corporation. We are a group of like-minded entrepreneurs who want to bring innovative products to market, as well as help others achieve the same goal of turning their dreams into reality.
Here is the main core of people that helped make this happen. Without everyone shown below, the Volt wouldn't exist.
We are including quite a few reward tiers. Please take a look at the info below to see what your level of commitment you are comfortable with.
Here is what our projected timeline will look like.
Shipping to backers in the United States is a flat rate of $20 on individual units, but vary on the twofer and five pack.
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS
International buyers will pay exact shipping and any VAT or ancillary charges required to send to your country of residence. We are not the USPS/FED EX/UPS and don't know your countries import laws in regards to any charges required, so please be cognizant of whats expected.
Surveys will be sent out after the campaign funds to determine where we are shipping your Volt and what shipping costs will be.
Risks and challenges
There are inherent risks with any new device being brought to market. While we have tried to anticipate all of them, we are human, and humans are fallible. At this particular moment all of the components are being designed and manufactured here in the United States to maintain the utmost of quality control. However, we still want to set the standard that things could go wrong during production.
We have tried to set a more realistic timeline than some other projects by anticipating a longer production cycle and placing our expected delivery date more accurately, which would be more appropriately set at 9 months. This will allow us time for proper post-production QA.
We will communicate with you continuously. Even if we don't have much to say to you, our supporters, you won't go weeks without hearing anything from us - that we promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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