One only has to wonder how smart is too smart. No one is surprised to hear about smart TVs, wristwatches or even refrigerators. We have already talked about smart trashcan, jump rope, lock and other devices, but smart technologies are continuing to get deeper and deeper embedded in our lives. This time we want to talk about two smart water bottles that are currently quickly gaining public attention.
No one can argue against the fact that hydration is one of the most important parts of staying healthy and reaching desired goals of workouts. Now smart technologies are used to help you with consuming the right amount of water every day. Trago is thought to be the first smart water bottle ever. It measures how much you drink and provides accurate data how much you should drink.
Trago connects to other smart devices, such as smart phones or wearable devices to help you track the optimal hydration level for you. It comes with its own specialized application for your phone, which will provide accurate data of your water consumption and will help you stay on right track. Creators of Trago remind us that optimal water consumption is different for every individual and depends of environmental factors as well. Such as weather, elevation, activity type and so on. With few initial inputs (such as gender, height, weight) Trago will help you keep hydrated by reminding to have a few sips.
Trago uses patent-pending ultrasonic technology to measure precise water consumption data. Creators say it is similar to sonar or echo-location technology. It can tell when you are drinking, when you refill, and even when measurements do not have to be taken because the bottle is in a backpack. All of this technology is in the cap of the bottle (which means you can use different bottles that fit the cap) and it will take approximately 6 months for a common replaceable battery to discharge.
However, it is not the only water bottle currently gaining public attention. HidrateMe is another smart water bottle connected to smart phone app. It does not use ultrasonic technology to measure amount of water in the bottle and calculate the consumption data. Instead it used simpler sensor stick inside the bottle. Battery should also last longer, more than a year, and bottles come in variety of different colours.
HidrateMe smart phone application works in a really similar way – it calculates your water consumption taking into account location, weather and activities you have been doing. However, HidrateMe seems to be more about style and fun than Trago as its mobile app is filled with humour and creators spent more time on design of the bottle. They say, it is designed to fit in the gym as well as in office and we tend to take our water bottles everywhere. Furthermore, bottle will start glowing to remind you that you haven’t had a sip of water in a while.
Smart technologies are inevitable part of our everyday lives nowadays. They are everywhere and more and more new products come into market promising to revolutionize our view towards different things. Smart water bottles are not a surprising innovation and may help you track your hydration as it is a very important part of healthy and active lifestyle. HidrateMe is more successful in Kickstarter and it has even 790 % of its original $35,000 goal already funded, while Trago, despite being the first smart water bottle, only reached 102 % of its original goal. However, when it comes to water bottles, reusable ones are already a win for everyone as it helps to protect environment and keep the most important element of us with us.