Wine sensor – a device which lasts more than 10 years on a single charge!

Building your own hardware does not always need crowd funding or any other kind of investment. Sometimes you can take advantage of technology in simpler and less demanding ways. That’s how we built a wine sensor. This product was developed and released because we have knowledge and a team of people who are focused on hardware on a daily-basis. Instead of complicating the production process we took technology which was already available on the market, adjusted it and used it in our specific case.

Building your own hardware does not always require months of preparation and months of creating. When you have a team of talented engineers, you can smoothly fulfill needs of the market. One of them was to have a sensor which would be capable to work for 10 years. Instead of complicating the production process we took technology which was already available on the market, adjusted it and used it in our specific case. This allowed us to swiftly build a proof-of-concept, so the results of our work were ready in just a few months.

But let’s start from the beginning.

Before we focused on Kiddo and IndoorNavi, we already knew people who were making and trading wine. These sommeliers shared with us the whole story behind every bottle of good wine, which people around the world open during birthday parties, evenings after a long day of work or any other celebration. Picking grapes, building the whole infrastructure, preparing fruits for fermentation and looking after the wine is a long and difficult process. The sensitivity of it makes it vulnerable for any mistakes which cannot be undone and would ruin the whole production which takes months or even years.

What are the most common mistakes?

  • Breaking a bottle,
  • Aging of wine in wrong conditions ( i.e. too high or too low temperature)
  • Transport of bottles of wine in wrong temperature,

You can believe us, you do not want to drink the wine, which earlier under the influence of the sun almost swelled in the bottle.

That’s why we thought about smart and convenient solution. We wanted to create something which would be using technologies already created. So instead of trying to invent our own technology, we wanted to quickly resolve already defined problem with technologies which are also already available to use. This makes the whole process cheaper. The ability to choose right modules for our solution is the key when you want to swiftly make a proof-of-concept (first stage of prototype).

We started to think about a small device, which would measure both – temperature and shakes. Our wine sensor is capable of both. It regularly measures temperature in cycles, which you can set according to your own needs. What’s more, when someone throws or shakes a parcel, our sensor will then record information about the shock. We also wanted to make it power efficient and when we started to think about efficiency, we decided to extend it as much as possible so the sommeliers would not only be able to measure both parameters during the shipping of wine, but could also get full history of wine aging. That’s why the wine sensor is able to work for ten years.

How does wine sensor look like from the technical point of view?

An ordinary user is used to the fact, that nowadays his smartphone has enough juice to work for about a day or maybe two days. They remember the old Nokia phones which could work for a week, but there is no other device which can work for a decade on a single charge. That’s why building such a device was so exciting and demanding. Instead of building a prototype, which just works, we wanted to build a PCB which would be compatible with Ultra Low Power concept. So the PCB isn’t unusual but the whole idea behind the project is totally different. Every microamper counts! This is the only way to manage your power so efficiently that the whole product can work for years.

graph which showes power consumption of wine sensor

What about the exchange of information between the wine sensor and the user?

The wine sensor has its own memory to log every record about temperature and shakes. However, it does not have any port to plug-in a cable which would allow us to get all of the data. Obviously, we decided to connect via Bluetooth Low Energy. It is more convenient when you want to keep sensors in one place and it also makes it easier to connect, when you have more than two sensors to check!

As you can imagine, connecting via Bluetooth is the most power-demanding feature. Every exchange of information consumes the amount of energy adequate to that consumed during the month of normal operation. Normally this could be a problem, but such problems are typical when you talk about power efficiency on such a high level.

What’s ahead?

Currently, the wine sensor is a project with a finished and tested prototype. This is a reliable technology, which can be delivered to customers when it’s needed. The whole team did a great job during the development and we are proud of the fact that this device works perfectly fine. We hope to see its implementation in the future!

If you wish to learn more about the wine sensor and use it – Contact us!