Differentiating Features and Challenges
The smart bottle opener developed by Krakul is unique in its ability to recognize different beverage brands, setting it apart from other devices that solely count the number of openings. The development process involved overcoming stability, lighting conditions, durability, and efficiency challenges. The device was designed to ensure stable and evenly lit photos, maintain reliability after thousands of openings, withstand shocks and moisture, and provide a comfortable user experience. Additional features, such as a built-in flashlight, were incorporated to enhance functionality.
Collaboration and Production
Krakul’s team collaborated closely with Wecheer throughout the development process including multiple visits to Vietnam, where part of Wecheer’s development activities and production takes place. The initial prototypes were tested, refined, and received feedback from bars. The partnership demonstrated Krakul’s flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile by promptly flying to Vietnam on short notice to address equipment malfunctions during production. This dedication ensured the successful continuation of production and the delivery of high-quality devices.
Expansion and Future Developments
The smart bottle opener gained wider adoption in 2018, achieving a certain level of reliability and quality. However, Krakul remains committed to continuous improvement. Their ongoing efforts involve developing a new version of the device with increased durability, optimized assembly processes, improved quality, and reduced production cost. Additionally, the new version incorporates sensors and detection algorithms to ensure the accurate detection of opened bottles, considering the incentive systems employed by drink manufacturers for bar employees.
WeCheer.io smart bottle opener
Wecheer’s team believes that smart bottle openers and similar IoT products represent new directions for customer communication and marketing. Brands need to explore creative ways to collect data and interact directly with consumers, and that’s where WeCheer is doing a great job.