Posted By Simon Montford on June 9, 2015
Health experts recommend we should all drink at least eight glasses of water every day. The problem is that most of us are too busy to keep track of our fluid intake. One solution is to purchase bottled water, but large bottles are heavy to carry around all day, are expensive, and discarding plastic bottles isn't good for the environment.
A startup, based in Indianapolis, has a stylish solution called the HidrateMe bottle, that uses a sensor to track how much fluid has been consumed. When hydration targets have not been met, the app sends a reminder to the user's smartphone.
In addition to smartphone notifications, the users is also reminded to drink whenever the bottle begins to glow. The device can be safely placed inside a dishwater, and the product's non-rechargeable battery will last a year.
The HidrateMe smart water bottle can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter from $39, and the estimated shipping date is December 2015. It should be noted that the Hidrate is not the only smart water bottle available. The Trago is very similar and can also be pre-ordered via Kickstarter. I would say the primary difference between the two is that HidrateMe has been designed with females in mind, whereas Trago's more utilitarian appearance will tend to appeal more to male customers.
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