Water is essential for the human body to function and a sufficient water intake on a daily basis is the best way to stay healthy. But, the question is “how do we know what is sufficient?” and even if we do, most of us are so caught up leading a hectic lifestyle that we simply forget to drink water.
In September 2014, a bunch of young entrepreneurs who were passionate about design, community, and the small things in life that help us all feel better teamed up to build the first smart water bottle prototype. Determined to make a difference to human life, in just 54 hours the team comprising of engineers, designers, and developers built a water bottle that tracked water intake and synced to a mobile app on a smartphone.
The HidrateMe bottle is a 24 oz. – 710 ml. reusable water bottle, made out of BPA free Tritan plastic. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with a leak proof cap. The sensor stick inside the bottle automatically tracks how much you drink throughout the day. It sends information to the Hidrate app on your phone and glows when its time to drink more water. The battery is easily replaceable and sold in most stores, and it lasts over a year, so you never need to recharge it.
The Hidrate app is easy to use and has a friendly and thoughtful user interface. Created for both iPhone and Android, the app collects all the information including your height, weight, age and activity level to calculate the required quantity of water your body needs throughout the day.
If you haven’t had anything to drink for an extended period of time, the bottle glows reminding you to stay hydrated. Here is a little demo video of the app and how the bottle works and syncs via Bluetooth.
Its easy to see your progress towards your goals, and you also receive reminders if you fall off track. The app also integrates with your wearable to help tune your water goals even more accurately to your activities.
Using your location, the app can adjust your daily water goal depending on the temperature, humidity, and elevation of your surroundings.