This "smart glass" probably foretells the end of humanity as we know it...
Christopher Taylor, one of the helpful members of Engadget's product research team, alerted me to this interesting new product today: A smart glass called "Vessyl" that apparently knows what you're drinking and can automatically track it.
As someone who loves the whole quantified self movement and enjoys pouring through data, I feel like I should be really excited about this. Hey! More data to pour through!
Then again, as someone who has laughed off ridiculous concepts such as smart forks and toothbrushes, I can't help but feel like this is taking things a little too far. If society collapses, it will probably be because our smart plates and cutlery became self aware.
Also in some states it's mandatory to display the caloric information, and people still order those 1500 calorie frozen Starbucks or whatever drinks.
Devices like FitBit, FuelBand, and now Vessyl are often targeted at the demographic who may not exercise often but are trying to lose weight. The thing is these all focus on steps and movement, while "calculating" calories burned but do nothing to properly help and inform the users about what really matters most: the food you're putting inside you. Calories in/calories out matters the most, but they need to do more to educate on the values behind those numbers.
For example, using FitBits food log a Grande Frappuccino is only 240 calories which seems fairly harmless. However, it also contains 40G of sugar which is 16% of your daily intake of carbohydrates. Add onto that most of their breakfast options are carb heavy, in your first meal you're probably exceeding 30-40% of your intake of carbs and sugar. That is a lot of carbs in the first meal of the day for someone who may not need it, and likely does not need it.
I'm making a sweeping generalization with that example, but I'm also trying to consider who the target demographic is for these devices.
I can understand the want for a friction-less device that helps you understand the calories that you are ingesting but, a $200 mug is probably not the device that will make a large impact on American society.
On that last note, it occurs to it would be a good idea if they could pull in data from other websites that you use to log your intake, like Untappd. That way you don't have to pour your alcohol into the Vessyl every time for the site to keep track of your booze habit.