Multipure – Intelligent Water Filter 2017-08-04T16:24:49+00:00

Project Description

Intelligent Water Filter

Multipure

Contextual Research, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Firmware & Software, User Experience

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Background and Challenges

In pursuit of its mission to improve the world—one glass of water and one person at a time—Multipure Drinking Water Systems turned to Nectar Product Development to innovate the world’s first intelligent water filtration system.

Innovating an Intelligent Water Filtration System

As an industry leader in providing the best drinking water systems in the world, Multipure needed a product development partner who could help turn the market for conventional, manual drinking water filtering systems on its head and take advantage of the trend toward smart appliances by introducing the industry’s first Internet-connected intelligent drinking water filtering system. Multipure chose Nectar to develop its smart water filtering system because of the firm’s unique strengths in combining human factors expertise, effective electro-mechanical solutions, and elegant brand-consistent industrial designs.

Creating the Next Generation, Smart Water Filter

Developing a smart water filtering system, which not only can track water usage and alert users when a filter change is necessary but also access home WiFi networks to facilitate wireless operation, presented numerous industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electronic engineering challenges.

The smart filter system had to be attractive and easy-to-use, yet incorporate learning technologies, so the filter system could measure water volume and flow rate and communicate usage information with the Multipure online application for tabulation. In addition to engineering the mechanical aspects of the filtration system and creating an aesthetically pleasing industrial design, Nectar had to develop hardware, firmware, connectivity, and a power source to support the system’s intelligence.

Process for Multipure

Developing an Ergonomic, Easy-to-Use, Countertop Enclosure

Nectar analyzed all of the requirements for the intelligent water filtering system to innovate a unique, battery-operated countertop enclosure design. The system had to meet mechanical requirements, such as maintaining high pressure inside the filter. The design had to look good enough that users would want to put it on their kitchen countertop. Changing the filter had to be so easy that users could do it with just one hand.

A Drinking Water Filtering System that Tells You when to Change the Filter

Nectar delivered a next-generation, intelligent water filtration system that tells owners when to change the filter. Leveraging RFID and flow-rate sensor technologies, the smart water filter system alerts users that they’ll soon need to change the filter and that it has reached capacity.

These alerts are communicated both audibly and visually. With the help of Nectar, Multipure is bringing the Internet of things to the kitchen sink and furthering its mission of and improving the world—one glass of water and one person at a time.