"How many calories are in this mojito?" you ask yourself three drinks in. Or maybe you don't -- but you should. (Those cocktails really add up.) If you want to get a handle on your beverage habit and make sure you're adequately hydrated, a sleek, 13-ounce container designed by Yves Béhar can help. Called Vessyl, the smart cup recognizes whatever liquid you pour into it. What's more, it can tell you just how much caffeine is in your coffee and send nutritional content to your smartphone.You can pre-order the device now for $99, which is a hundred bucks cheaper than the retail price. That's no bargain, but Vessyl's ability to recognize thousands of drinks is pretty impressive.
According to The Verge, the smart cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze. More practically, though, Vessyl tracks your hydration level in real time. Simply tilt the cup, and the display is activated, indicating if you've had enough water. It can also display other consumption data, such as how much caffeine you've had thus far. The device can even sync with your fitness tracker to offer a more accurate picture of your net intake. On the app side, you can choose a specific "lens" for interpreting your data, depending on whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or sleep better, for example.
Mark One, the company behind Vessyl, hasn't detailed how the cup's sensor analyzes liquids, but CEO Justin Lee said the device sports a processor and runs algorithms to match your drink with one of the thousands that have been tested. That's not to say you can't get accurate nutritional information for a homemade smoothie or cocktail; the system measures a drink's content in real time rather than just pulling in calorie info.
Vessyl's design is pretty sweet, too. The lid is spill-proof, the interior is non-stick and the whole package is made to withstand everything from hot beverages to the freezer. It's definitely a good choice for coffee on your morning commute, but if you're the kind of person who values a proper whiskey glass, you could always pour your libation into Vessyl to get a reading before transferring it to your cup of choice. Head to the source link for more info, or to place a pre-order.