Olympus AU400Chemistry analyzers are generally used in clinical labs to detect the levels of ethanol and glucose in blood samples. However, they also find use in the alcohol industry to analyze wine and beer molecules with great accuracy. The industry also uses mass spectrometers to analyze consistency with bulk batches. These laboratory instruments have proved excellent tools for the development of the Next Glass app. Next Glass is the only app that utilizes the capabilities of these instruments to predict whether the wine or beer that people are thinking of buying will taste good to them.

Next Glass uses the AU400 chemical analyzer to identify the levels of ethanol (alcohol) and glucose (sugar) in a sample. This clinical chemistry analyzer can identify and measure thousands of compounds in a single sample. The high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometer in the Next Glass laboratory tests 160 different beer and wine samples a day. It magnifies over 20,000 molecular compounds in every sample to provide the most cohesive data analysis possible. The data helps to map out a genome for these beverages to find patterns and chemical signatures for drinks that customers will enjoy.

After users download the app, they can rate some wines or beers that they like and dislike. This clever app learns buyers’ taste profiles as they rate wines and beers. When shopping, customers can use the app to scan new bottles that they might want to buy. When the app is opened, it cross-references the customer’s profile against its own database of 23,000 bottles of wine and beer. Next Glass displays the ratings so that users can make the right decision, that is, buy wine or beer that they will like – even before they taste it.

Next Glass says that its decision to use the AU400 chemical analyzer and the liquid chromatography mass spectrometer was based on the recommendation of The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) in Kannapolis, North Carolina (DHMRI). The Institute tested a magnitude of wine on all of its instruments, and identified the most relevant data. Later, the data points from the wine results were used in taste trials to cross-reference with the software that Next Glass was developing. DHMRI found that AU400 chemical analyzer and the High Performance Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer provided the most conclusive results.