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Vorwerk: Connected tea machine delivers unique user experience

Vorwerk Temial Vernetzte Teemaschine
  • Interdisciplinary team ensures rapid development and flawless functionality of the complex product
  • Approvals-ready development complying with all the regulations enables fast market entry in EU and China
  • A micro-series of sales prototypes enables early feedback from the target group

Zühlke has supported the development of Temial – the first connected, fully automated tea maker – from the initial idea right through to the start of production. A team of experts in mechanics, electronics, embedded software, connectivity and UX enabled a rapid and global market entry.

Connected device for automated tea-making

Vorwerk has a vision: bringing a better quality of life to the places people call home. Helping to make this a reality is Temial, a connected and fully automated tea machine for leaf tea, which combines classic tea-making with the digital world and a revolutionary UX. Because the product will also be marketed in Asia, it needs to meet several household appliance standards. Ensuring connectivity to cloud backends in Europe and China as well as integrating the solution with different technologies and partners are further challenges.

Interdisciplinary development delivers the objective

Such a complex project requires interdisciplinary teams: experts from the fields of mechanics, electronics, embedded technologies, connectivity, UX and test automation work in agile collaboration to support the development from generation of the idea to market launch. The design-for-testability principle enables parallel test automation, integration of firmware with production tests as well as approval tests and provisioning. Thanks to a micro-series of sales prototypes, it is also possible to carry out user and market tests during development.

Dr. Sascha Groom Temial
' When we founded an internal start-up within the Vorwerk Group, Zühlke deployed their development expertise to provide us with significant support, from the initial brainstorming and conceptual design to the final implementation of series production. '
Dr. Sascha Groom
Managing Director, Vorwerk Temial GmbH

Spectacular product impresses the market

The result is a connected, fully automated tea maker with award-winning product design and numerous digital features; it can be controlled via a mobile app, for example, and automatically reorder tea varieties. Thanks to Zühlke's support, there is now nothing to stop a successful market launch in Europe and China. In Germany, the Test Magazine ETM gives its quality verdict: "With a score of 94.8%, Vorwerk's Temial is awarded the test rating 'Very good'. It is the best tea maker featured in a test by ETM TESTMAGAZIN so far."