The first portable device to monitor wine as it matures has been developed by a team of students from Université Paris-Saclay in France.
The students adapted blood analysis technology invented by biotech start-up Archimej Technology into a unique device that allows real-time control of wine quality, eliminating the huge financial costs and vast quantities of wine that are lost from biological phenomena.
The device eliminates the need to send samples for laboratory testing, which is costly, time consuming and means that winemakers are unable to test their whole production. Instead, the product uses a WiFi connection that allows results to be shared through an online oenological platform. The patented technology monitors factors such as alcohol and acidity levels directly at wineries.
“We are testing our prototype and working with different labs and wineries,” said Luv Valecha, co-founder of the start-up behind the project, True Spirit. “This is only the tip of the iceberg. Not only can we analyse wine but also spirits, beer, perfumes, olive oil and fuel.”
The students will now meet with more winemakers in the Bordeaux wine-growing region in a bid to develop the technology further.
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