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Brief Published: 19 May 2014

Smart Bottle Top

The Connected Cocktail Project

The Connected Cocktail Project, conceived by Boston-based design consultancy Altitude, comprises a series of intelligent bottle caps and a smartphone app designed to guide amateur mixologists through the cocktail-making process in their own homes.

To use the system, the smart caps need to be affixed to the tops of drinks bottles; LEDs in the caps then light up to indicate the ingredients needed, in the relevant pouring order. A smart metering system ensures only the exact required amount of alcohol is dispensed.

If an ingredient is unavailable, the app will suggest an alternative and also enable the missing ingredient to be ordered in one click. To prevent this issue from arising, the smart device tracks and monitors stock levels in users' liquor cabinets, enabling refills to be ordered when needed.

"The trend for at-home mixology seems to be on the rise as consumers use tech-enhanced gadgets to create custom-designed drinks," says Elli Donajgrodzki, Stylus' Food, Beverage & Hospitality assistant editor. "We're also seeing this reflected in the wider food and beverage industry, as brands create intelligent, connected appliances, enhancing the home cooking experience."

For more on this, see Intelligent Food and Bartendro Robotic Cocktail Maker. For further insight into developing alcohol trends, see Drinks Developments: Alcohol and Alcohol Trends 2013.