Wine Cellar

"Wine Cellar" is a unique android application for a private wine cellar. It both automates and simplifies the work of a sommelier, by collecting and storing information about a wine collection.

It was created for the existing private wine cellar, where more than 20,000 bottles of wine are stored, and their record is kept.

  • It controls the arrival and consumption of wine.
  • It shows the location map of any bottle of wine in the cellar.
  • The use of NFC tags allows quick access to information.
  • It keeps wine writing off record for a certain event.

The application was developed for the Android Table tablet device (diagonal 18,6). This is a non-standard device with a very large screen. It also supports a range of 9 to 20 inch devices.

It provides detailed information about the wine in the cellar i.e. name, type, container, grade, grape type, country of origin, suitable events, quantity and availability, the nearest date of write-off.

Each scenario is specifically worked out. For example, when a sommelier enters in a box of wine, the application "unpacks" the box and enters the required number of bottles.

The application automatically reminds you when to purchase or write off wine.

The application is able to indicate specific locations of shelves within the cellar, as well as specific places of cells in which the wine is stored.

The sommelier fills in the wine card within the application, giving details such as location and quantity. Additional information about the arrival of wine is also input manually and displayed in a convenient table.

In order to speed up the process, only the barcode of the wine is entered. The application locates detailed information about it, making it easier to fill in a new card.

A special NFC-tag is attached at the bottom of each bottle. A unique number is then assigned to each bottle. One can locate a bottle close to the tablet at any time, and the screen will display full information about it. This makes the selection process faster and more convenient.

The challenge was to select an NFC tag that would be easily attached and not spoil the look of the bottle. As a result, a sticky label that is glued to the bottom of the bottle was chosen.

During the development process, such as the problem of NFC-tag reading were encountered, since there is no built-in reading tool in the tablet. A lot of options were considered before a portable reader was chosen.

UI design

Having conducted an interview with the client, discussed all the scenarios for using the application in detail, we started to build the application design.

Android Table tablet is a non-standard tablet. Its hyper large screen made us apply a different approach to user interface controls design.

 

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