TopBrewer has been specially chosen to feature in the Ideal Smart Home at this year's Ideal Home Show. The Ideal Smart Home will offer visitors a unique insight into what the house of the future will look like and show how technology can enhance everyday lives in an interactive, interesting and jargon free way.
We don't mean to hog your screens but we were over the moon that the TopBrewer was featured yet again on The Gadget Show; this time as part of a 'connected home' feature. If you missed it, then never fear, as you can still watch it On Demand
In this episode (Season 20 - Episode 14), Ortis and Jason look at the growing trend of Home Automation and put a range of connected products to the test; including a smart control system which allows you to consolidate up to eight remote controls into one app, a wireless music sound bar that you can communicate with via text message, light bulbs that flash red when the smoke alarm sounds, and a smart heating system which learns which rooms you use and warms them up for you in advance.
These 'smart' products can be categorised under the ‘Internet of Things’ which is a term used to describe a category of 'things' that have embedded technology and are able to enhance our daily lives through information sharing and data.
When TopBrewer was last featured on The Gadget Show (Season 19 - Episode 2) it was highly acclaimed for the quality of the coffee by none other than Italy's top barista, Giacomo Vanelli, who said it was "The best coffee he’d ever tasted from an automated machine.”
Featured alongside us on The Gadget Show was a product that’s also packed full of technical wizardry, but is practically invisible! Consisting of a few discreet components linked by a wireless network, the Heat Genius smart heating control system links your radiators to the internet, allowing you to control the temperature of each room from an app, wherever you are.
What’s unique is that it even lets you go one step further: full automation. Stick a wireless ‘smart sensor’ in each room and it’ll watch and learn when you normally use each room of your home, and schedule that room to warm up in time for your arrival. It’s even smart enough to work out how long it needs to pre-heat the room by checking the weather conditions. It can also reduce the temperature when it’s sunny and automatically turn the radiator off when you open the window.
All this intelligence means you can stay cosy without wastefully burning gas on heating empty rooms, cutting bills and carbon pollution. And even better, it’s so smart you’ll probably forget it’s even there!
TopBrewer: Make a cup of coffee using your smartphone!
Smartphones have come a long way since the days of Snake and physical keyboards (although Blackberry, you stay strong). As technology continues to evolve at such a rapid pace, we gradually become less and less surprised at exactly what it can achieve. Startup campaigns are able to gather more pace than ever before thanks to the likes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo and a host of other crowd-funding sites that serve as a platform for the dreamers of the world to bring their ideas to life, blowing the minds of millions along the way.
We’ve come across one such development that seems to have taken the world by storm in recent months. Introducing the TopBrewer by the brilliant minds at Scanomat, the tap that lets you make a cup of coffee using your smartphone. This is one of the more incredible developments in smartphone integration, combining elegant design with innovative genius. Let’s take a quick look at exactly how it works.
The TopBrewer is designed in a manner that lets you fit it pretty much anywhere in your kitchen with a simple mounting bracket that ensures easy accessibility. Water flows through an isolated pipe within the TopBrewer to ensure the ideal temperature. The perfect latte, however, requires perfectly steamed milk, so how did Scanomat get over that obvious obstacle? Well, as stated on their website, “We have patented the smallest milk foamer in the world. The foamer is installed at the very tip of the coffee tap. Fresh milk is heated “on demand” and foamed to the correct texture.” Ah, well that explains it then!
TopBrewer can be controlled from both Android and Apple devices in a seamless manner, simply swiping to reach your desired levels of each ingredient to make the perfect beverage. And this machine doesn’t solely focus on coffee either, no sir. The TopBrewer is able to dispense both still and sparkling water, fresh juice, hot chocolate and boiling water for that much needed cup of tea.
That was the title of our Co-Founder, Simon Bracken's, talk at last week's Workplace Week convention. Workplace Week is organised by AWA and brings together a mix of advanced workplace tours and fringe events culminating with the annual advanced workplace convention where thought leaders share their knowledge on what the future of work will look like. Once again AWA delivered a thought-provoking week looking at the design, technology and work practices that come together to create the workplace of the future.
At Takeaway Innovation Expo last month TopBrewer was shortlisted for the Takeaway Innovation Award amongst a host of other tech innovations that are shaping the industry.
We are delighted to announce that TopBrewer was awarded a notable 3rd place! Here's our Commercial Director, Chris Preece, accepting the award from Just Eat's Managing Director, Graham Corfield.
"Is that a barista in your pocket?"
TopBrewer was filmed by Dougal Shaw as part of London Design Festival in September. Simon Bracken, Scanomat UK Managing Director, demonstrated the TopBrewer, which is suitable for professional and home use, at the 100% Design Show.
WATCH THE VIDEO: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29316631
The Danish coffee machine manufacturer responsible for bringing us the world’s first app controlled coffee machine, are exclusively launching a domestic version of their revolutionary TopBrewer at 100% Design 2014.
Scanomat have become the first coffee machine manufacturer to introduce iBeacon technology into their products. The location based technology for iOS will allow Scanomat to send messages direct to end users via the TopBrewer app.
Many corporate TopBrewer clients have recently moved offices or are in the process of doing so. One thing that a lot of these businesses have in common is their rationale when it comes to moving to a hot desking or hotelling environment. As space becomes increasingly in demand and more expensive, particularly in the City, agile working practices are a great way of saving money and reducing wasted square footage.
So what is hot desking and how does it work? Hot desking means that employees no longer work from fixed desks. Some organisations operate a booking in system, known as hotelling, whereby staff literally book themselves into a desk when they arrive at work in the morning. A strict clear desk policy is often adhered to and lockers are generally allocated to staff to store their personal and work belongings.
The reception to this modern way of working from staff can be mixed and it is important for businesses to communicate with their employees about the change, why it is happening and what the benefits will be to them and the organisation as a whole. Some employees view their desk as a second home, this is understandable due to the amount of time we each spend at our workplace. A desk can harbour a sense of identity and individuality, a place to express ones self through potted plants, family pictures and stationary. However, the prospect of clearing ones belongings away into a locker each evening can be perceived as somewhat of an annoyance.
So what are the benefits to employees? The good thing about hot desking is that companies do not need to allocate a desk to every member of staff. What with holidays, external meetings and the ability to work remotely, the workplace is never full to capacity, therefore the extra space can be used much more efficiently to create communal areas, hubs, meeting spaces and generally nicer environments to work in and collaborate with colleagues. If you are working with a specific colleague from a different team on a certain project, hot desking allows you the flexibility to book a spot next to them so that you can collaborate much more effectively. Not only this, in many organisations this way of working is not limited to staff, Directors are also adopting the scheme allowing for a much more open and relaxed way of working. Breaking down barriers and obstacles in the workplace both physically and metaphorically can create a genuine culture shift.
"We have learnt from our clients that hot desking makes perfect sense in the modern workspace. It is an efficient and cost effective model that has many benefits to both the organisation adopting the principles and their staff. But it can be a long journey for some and communication at every stage is crucial to a smooth transition and positive cultural shift." Simon Bracken, Managing Director, Scanomat UK
17 - 19 June
Stand O950 / Hall N10
TopBrewer has been invited to feature on the BIFM stand once again following a successful 2013 show. In it’s 15th anniversary year the Facilities Show is set to be bigger and better than the 2013 event, which welcomed over 15,000 visitors. Facilities Managers from across the UK are invited to sample the award-winning TopBrewer on the BIFM stand from 17 - 19 June.
The internet of things, or IoT, as it is affectionately known as in the tech community, is a hot topic at the moment. Smart devices and apps have the potential to enhance your life, make your home or workplace more efficient and keep you safe. Below we look at a selection of IoT product areas that are already available on the market and could potentially change your world for good.
We are excited to announce that TopBrewer will be featuring at the London Real Estate Forum on 11th & 12th June courtesy of Level39.
Level39, headed by Eric Van Der Kleij, was opened by Boris Johnson over a year ago and is a major technology accelerator based at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.
Level39 have three TopBrewer’s installed in their offices and they are proud of their ‘iPad coffee machines’. In March, they kindly invited us to Mipim in Cannes as part of a four day event dubbed as ‘the world’s property market’. TopBrewer was hugely popular amongst the visitors and even Boris Johnson dropped by to try a latte.
The London Real Estate Forum, held at Berkeley Square in London, is a fantastic opportunity to gain insight from over 100 key decision makers involved in the development of London, with Boris Johnson and Eric Van Der Kleij amongst the list of headline speakers.
If you are heading to the event you will find TopBrewer on the Canary Wharf Group stand.
TopBrewer will be heading to Founders Forum on 12th June with Canary Wharf’s technology accelerator, Level39
Set up nine year’s ago by two massive entrepreneurs in their own right, Brent Hoberman (lastminute.com, made.com, PROfounders Capital) and Jonathon Goodwin (LongAcre, The Wireless Group, Lepe Partners, PROfounders Capital), Founders Forum is a series of global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow.
There are almost no speakers at the event as all of the attendees could all be speakers in their own right. The Forum is a platform to discuss, debate and innovate business and the future with a mix of extremely smart peers. Previous attendees include Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Chad Hurley (YouTube) and a long list of other inspiring entrepreneurs.
TopBrewer will be proudly on show on the Level39 stand where guests can personalise their coffee with the TopBrewer app.
What is the first thing you do when you get to the office? For many of us the answer will be "Grab a coffee". We rely on a caffeine fix to get us through our working day, but quite often the office coffee solution is of a substandard quality, particularly if it is free or subsidised for staff, but it doesn't have to be that way - office coffee can be amazing!
Hugh Gilmartin, a leading coffee advisor in Northern Ireland and SCAE board member, hosted the discussion on “Delivering a quality coffee offering when it’s not your core business” in the Caffe Culture theatre on the Thursday of the show.
9th - 13th April
See the TopBrewer in the HUB Theatre
Catch the TopBrewer as part of the "Connected Home" feature every day from 4:15 - 4:45pm.