Experience Home Cocktails with IoT & the Digital Age
There are barriers at every step to achieving a good cocktail experience at home: from deciding what to make, to finding a good recipe, to buying what you need, to actually making the drink with confidence.
Altitude set out to solve this problem. The result was an IoT design concept system named Stem. It’s a smart connected system for making home cocktails easy, delicious, exciting and accessible to everyone—enabling people to easily select, serve, and shake cocktails like a real mixologist right at home.
The Connected Cocktail Project began by building a deep understanding of the people we aimed to serve. We met people at their homes to watch them make cocktails and entertain guests. And we talked to them extensively about their experiences. Our key learning was that people want to “graduate” to cocktails from beer and wine. They are thrilled by the sense of discovery and connection that cocktails offer in bars and restaurants, and they want to bring that experience home with them.
It was clear that a smart, system-based solution was required: something that would “unlock the bar” and help people not just make a great drink, but decide what to make and ensure that they have the right ingredients on hand.
Stem is hardware, software, and service. It is an app, a cloud application, and a set of “smart caps” that live on top of your liquor bottles. This smart connected product makes cocktail experiences at home accessible and fun for anyone. When the caps are paired with ingredients, Stem knows what’s in your bar. Armed with this knowledge and access to a community-powered library of recipes, it helps people find new drinks or even plan a menu for a gathering. When you are ready to mix, Stem’s app and LED-powered caps seamlessly guide you through the steps and intelligently meter out accurate quantities of the right ingredients so your cocktails come out perfectly each time.