Voltaire Cloud-Connected Portable Coffee Grinder

Internet of Things

SGW Designworks was engaged by “GIR: Get It Right” to develop and prototype a mobile smart grinder for coffee enthusiasts. Primary challenges included the development of a small, efficient driveable to manage the high torque required for grinding, as well as the development of an intuitive user interface with a rotary encoder. This project required a lot of iteration and testing from our mechanical team as well as our IoT Development and embedded systems group.

The addition of cloud connectivity and freshness detection in the late stages of development made this a classic IoT device development effort. Fully functional prototypes were built by SGW Designworks and provided to GIR for sales presentations and development of a Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign. In August of 2016, the Voltaire successfully reached the Kickstarter funding threshold, allowing ramp-up of a final design for manufacture and design optimization.

This project is the most recent in a string of kitchen and coffee related products that we have had a chance to develop for clients. Development and engineering of a compact, cloud-connected coffee grinder for enthusiasts.


  • Kickstarter Campaign
  • Embedded Systems
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering