A German technology firm claims to have come up with an app that would make questions about wine's serving temperature a thing of the past.
'How Cool Am I?' uses sensors in the smartphone to detect temperature. Users simply start the app, then point their smartphone camera at the wine in question. Within seconds, the app sends the user a text message relaying the temperature of the wine in the viewfinder.
The app has been on trial at the Unglaub Bar in Berlin for several weeks, and following positive feedback is now ready for roll-out.
'We’ve been using it here for a month,' said the bar's GM, Avril Poisson, 'and it's been a godsend. It's so easy to use that even our Commis Sommelier got the hang of it. How Cool Is It? Super-Cool!'
The creators are hoping to hit 5,000 downloads in the first month of the product becoming available on the App Store and Google Play Store, and are already working on a program that can detect alcohol levels.
'We would hope to have 'How Strong Am I?' ready by the end of this year,' said the company's CEO, Helmut Herr. 'But so far it is only reliable up to 14.5% abv, which means that it would not work in the American market.'