The Volt is a revolutionary new product that uses a precise, focused electric field that can chemically alter the makeup of certain important compounds in a bottle of wine. It will chemically alter them just enough to cause a variance in the the way it smells, tastes and feels in your mouth. We liken this to simulate 'aging' if that particular varietal was able to age.
How does this process work?
The 'magic' inside the Volt occurs due to the application of an electric field to the bottle of wine. Thanks to our custom designed circuitry, its combination of precise voltage and a specific number of cycles per second of the field, the result is a bottle of wine that appears matured. This changes occurs even if the wine itself wasn't a vintage that allows improvement of the flavor profile.
The use of an electric field results in a homogeneous wine solution that resembles a bottle that has been subjected to many years of natural aging. The electric field penetrates the bottle and alters the makeup of the wine inside.
Faraday Inc was a concept born in 2009 amongst a few dreamers. We didnâ€™t realize it at the time, but we had formed the basis of hat would later become the company we are today. In 2014 we made it official and incorporated. With years of conceptualizing ideas hat we had considered for some time but had yet to engage, we decided it was time to
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Volt works by using standard residential power (including overseas), a custom developed inverter and circuit board. Our custom designed circuitry takes the power emitted from your wall plug to the higher voltages necessary to apply an appropriate electric field to a bottle of wine. By ways of an electro-checmical reaction, certain chemical compounds in the wine are altered and this adds to (or takes away) from the taste of each bottle. What was once a pungent bottle of wine with a very strong alcohol smell, can end up very muted and much more palatable or more full with fruitier undertones.
We know that there are going to be detractors in the wine industry that will say that it isn't possible to make wine taste better once it's bottled. Some will say it's snake oil, others, alchemy not to be relied upon. We will simply say that is not accurate. There have been limited attempts to develop a device that allows novice wine drinkers the ability to improve the taste of their less expensive bottles of wine. This device does not oxidize the wine. It does not aerate it. It simply applies an electric field that agitates the molecules in the wine, causing them to change ever so slightly. This change, in turn, is what gets you a different flavor profile, plain and simple.
It's science - nothing more. There have been almost two full centuries of advancement in the way electricity can be used to help improve all sorts of things, food included, we simply made it possible for you to do at home.
We understand some skepticism is warranted and that's okay, but to discount years of scientific advancements that came from some of the world's greatest thinkers, doesn't make this device any less effective on improving the taste of a bottle of wine.
With the increased ease and ability to tinker at home, and as micro-controllers and circuitry became easier to develop, the CEO of Faraday decided he wanted to scale down an idea he had for large capacity wine processing.
After a year of multiple circuit designs and redesigns, and repeated attempts, a working prototype was developed; then a second, then a third. Each revision brought a new idea to the table and greatly increased the proficiency of the device. There was no road map for us on how to make this work. We did not license or buy another individuals idea. We started from scratch and like hundreds of developers before us, figured out what worked and what didnâ€™t.
After months of repeated design changes and technical tweaks, we are finally ready to go to production.
This entire device is from the ground up developed and customized by our team. Attention to design as well as functionality were equally important. This device is meant to look good on your counter, even when it isnâ€™t in use.
Maybe. We are currently in development of mobile app that would allow you to adjust all the settings and run the Volt independently of the input buttons on the device itself. However, an app will not be required as you will be able to operate the Volt from the multi-function button on the base.
So dont worry, if you arenâ€™t a tech savvy person or just want to be able to operate this without the need of being connected. May this change during the production runs? Potentially, but we will cross that bridge if we must.
Absolutely. The amount of power generated has a very minimal load. There are multiple safety features to prevent busy bodies from attempts at breaching the Volt's power source while itâ€™s running â€“ it just would not be possible without malicious intent. This goes with any electric device in your home.
We have every intention of publishing all of our plans on our website once we make it to production. We know that we didn't think of everything and want to include our loyal supporters if they should have an idea we can incorporate to improve the functionality of The Volt.
Currently, all of the components, circuitry, power supplies, as well as the design work were all done in the United States and will be sourced here. We have not outsourced any of the engineering or manufacturing work to anyone in another country.
In a word, yes. We tested the device on different types of liquors and experienced definitive results. Since Volt is being marketed to wine drinkers during our Kickstarter campaign, we are not including any results from the liquors tested, so please donâ€™t ask.
Our goal is to get the initial Kickstarter campaign funded and the product in YOUR hands. Kickstarter funding results will drive whether we perform additional tests on hard liquors or leave it up to our faithful backers to delve into on their own.
We have a cutting edge social media campaign that we will launch to help us â€˜crowd testâ€™ certain combinations and settings on wines, and perhaps other alcoholic beverages. We need your help to fund this project, and provide us quality feedback before we can move to v2.0.
For the most part, yes. We have worked through dozens of different designs with different features on each. We are looking for the sleekest and most sexy design manufacturing tolerances would allow, without sacrificing any features. As our production and design phases commence, we will at the very least add features and add compatibility.
With almost unlimited customization, The Volt allows you to increase or decrease the amount of power generated by the electric field. This has allowed Faraday to provide a product that gives you thorough customization. One feature that is not adjustable is the frequency. As a stretch goal during the campaign, should we reach a certain amount, we will include that functionality in the Volt as well.
No, why would you want to upgrade the Volt? It works great!
It would be presumptuous to claim that Volt works on all types and flavors of wine or that it improves every wine. A vineyard or wine manufacturer will tell you that there are some wines that canâ€™t be improved with age by letting it sit any longer than its normal store shelf life. A blanket claim that our device makes everything taste better would not be accurate.
Due to the extensive inventory of available types of wine, it would be impossible for us to test each and every wine. The type of positive change we experienced with red wines, isn't as pronounced with whites. It does not work on sparkling wines or champagnes. The Volts greatest success is with red wines, whether they be Pinots, Merlots, Cabernets or blends. It's a lessor known fact that most wines are already balanced and 'aged' when they are bottled, however, the processes that take place during normal bottling have nothing to do with an electric field being used to chemically alter some of the compounds.
We do not have a definitive measurement for Volt, but can affirm it will fit underneath any standard cabinet. The device measures approximately 8" at the base, 4" at the top and is 18" tall, it will not be any taller than this. It weights approximately 9 pounds.
An electric field is defined as 'the electric force per unit chargeâ€™. An applied electric field is capable of altering the chemical state of certain chemicals, solutions, and dielectric mediums. When a high voltage electric field is applied to a bottle of wine, it rearranges the molecules of the alcohol and alters the state. This leads to an enhanced taste, more flavorful aroma and increased mouth feel â€“ the three most important things involved when rating a bottle of wine.
* Electric fields were discovered/pioneered by two visionaries from the 1800s named James Maxwell and Michael Faraday (hence our name). Albert Einstein called Michael Faraday â€˜one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all timeâ€™.
This is part of our secret recipe... we can't give everything away right now.
For the time being, this will remain proprietary. Our intention is to open source this device. This will allow any tinkerers to provide us input and perhaps assist us with improving the features of our device to provide a better product. We welcome feedback from our friends that would make the process more efficient.
With misuse or abuse, any electrical device can be dangerous. We have included multiple safety measures to prevent anyone from physical contact with any conductive device in the electrical field.
An interlock switch built into the cap, completes a manual circuit. If this circuit is broken, the switch will immediately cut power to the device. Without an intentional attempt to bypass the safety measures, it is physically impossible to insert anything into the middle of the electrical field.
Additionally, the electrodes that provide the electrical field are insulated with non-conductive material, making it nearly impossible for a conductive piece of metal to come in contact with any current without it being intentional.
Volt runs off of standard 110v/220v outlets. It draws about as much amperage as a night light.
First and foremost, we have a working prototype, we've had three, where othes just have an idea. We have done all of the heavy lifting required and just need your help to take this to the next stage. We will proactively post all of our design and electrical schematics and they will be available for everyone to take a look who pledged prior to going to production.
Secondly, we will be going above and beyond with updates in regards to what is going on with the production run of the Volt. Besides Kickstarter directly, everyone will get automated email updates with legitimate info letting each and every one of you know what's going on. No one is going to be waiting around for two months to hear a peep from us... you would expect something every week or two at most.
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