If you’re trying to lose weight or you just want to stay healthy, then you’re probably keeping a close eye on your calorie intake. It’s fairly easy to record what you eat, but what about what you drink? According to the National Health and Nutrition Education Survey, “Beverages are the #1 single source of calories,” so it’s important to keep track of what you’re chugging down in the course of a day. Since we tend to drink on the go, however, this can often be more challenging. This is where Vessyl comes in.
Vessyl is indistinguishable from other cups at first glance. It’s when you pour your beverage in that the magic happens. It identifies what you’re drinking and keeps track of it automatically and in real-time. It tells you how many calories are in your beverage as well as the total amount of caffeine, fat, protein, sugar, and so on. It also provides you with an estimate of your unique real-time hydration needs.
How it works
Vessyl’s interior is filled with sensors, which measure and analyze whatever liquid is poured into the cup on a molecular level. The cup’s creators at San Francisco-based Mark One aren’t giving out details about how exactly it works, but it’s so accurate that it feels like magic. It can distinguish not just different types of beverages (water, beer, juice, coffee, smoothies, etc.), but also different brands, and it automatically sends whatever info it has collected to the companion app. You can also view the basic numbers on the nifty little display, which is activated by a tilting gesture. For even more comprehensive tracking, Vessyl syncs not just to your iOS and Android mobile devices, but also to activity trackers.
Vessyl is going to retail for $199, but you can get it for $99 during the pre-order period. Vessyl is scheduled to ship in early 2015. I’ve got mine on order.