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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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iPhone-Connected Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks Drinking Habits




Vessyl, a smart cup designed by Yves Behar, is designed to measure and track any drink poured into it in real-time. Using sensors, Vessyl is able to detect drinks that are poured in to it, from water and soda to homemade smoothies, alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, and more.

When a drink is poured into Vessyl, an accompanying iPhone app displays all of the relevant nutritional information about the drink. Vessyl is able to track many pre-bottled drinks, but it is also able to determine the nutritional content of handmade beverages, such as smoothies or mixed drinks. The Verge was able to test Vessyl and has a detailed piece on the cup, including notes on its accuracy.
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Let's cut to the chase: while I only had an hour with a Vessyl prototype, I tried nearly a dozen beverages in it -- and it successfully identified all of them. Within 10 seconds, the device, which currently resembles more of a Thermos than a finished product, recognized Crush orange soda, Vitamin Water XXX, Tropicana orange juice, Gatorade Cool Blue, plain-old water, and a few other beverages, all by name. Yes, this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze.

Vessyl can tell the difference between strong and weak coffee, Lee says, noting caffeine disparities. It can even measure the sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine inside any beverage you pour into it, mass-produced or homemade.
Along with displaying nutritional information, Vessyl also keeps track of what a user drinks during the day, tallying statistics like calories consumed, caffeine levels, hydration, and more. Users can set goals within the app, tracking all of these metrics and more. Vessyl also tracks and estimates a person's real-time hydration needs based on how much they drink, which is measured through the liquid level in the cup.

Vessyl, which holds 13 ounces of liquid, has a built-in display, a spill-proof lid, and a non-stick interior. It connects to an iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0 to upload nutrient data to its accompanying iPhone app, which also integrates with popular activity trackers. The cup lasts for five to seven days on a single charge and uses wireless charging.

Vessyl can be pre-ordered for $99, but will later retail for $199. It is available in three different colors (Shadow, Snow, and Steam) along with several accent lid colors, and it is expected to begin shipping in early 2015.

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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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wonder if it would detect trace laments of cyanide, urine or other special ingredients i swear my local subways add to my sprite

would find it most comical if this was sync'd to siri: i can imagine buying a bevereng and siri springing to action: "this coke is watered down like piss - enjoy" or "burger king milkshakes suck"

Finally a real-world use for siri - thanks Vessyl,
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Here's the most important question:

Can I put it in my dishwasher?

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wonder if it would detect trace laments of cyanide, urine or other special ingredients i swear my local subways add to my sprite
If it does I can finally stop using other people as my poison checkers!
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:52 AM   #4
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Sounds like it will go great with that BT fork from a year or two ago. Now I just need a smart knife, spoon, and plate to complete the set!
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:53 AM   #5
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a nanny cup to remind me i shouldn't be having another gin drink? no thanks.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:54 AM   #6
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Can I put it in my dishwasher?



If it does I can finally stop using other people as my poison checkers!
Website FAQ says no
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 11:58 AM   #7
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Mac Pro is the gallon version of this.
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Sounds like it will go great with that BT fork from a year or two ago. Now I just need a smart knife, spoon, and plate to complete the set!
IDK, still need a pitcher, salad tongs, spork, frying pan, deep fryer, cookie sheet, etc...
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:04 PM   #9
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That is one expensive cup!
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:05 PM   #10
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another useless invention.....
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:07 PM   #11
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Curious though even washing it by hand seems like it could result into a faulty cup-essentially creating a dumb cup.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:09 PM   #12
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Would it notice a date rape drug?
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:10 PM   #13
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another useless invention.....
Not at all. For $99 I can get a reading of nutritional info for homemade smoothies and juices.

Useful and fairly costed. I'll take two please.
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Not at all. For $99 I can get a reading of nutritional info for homemade smoothies and juices.

Useful and fairly costed. I'll take two please.
i bet it works fantastic too.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:15 PM   #15
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Hilariously overpriced at $99. $199 has to be a joke.

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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:16 PM   #16
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i bet it works fantastic too.
Well, like any unreleased product, we will have to see.

Call me an optimist.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:19 PM   #17
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This thing is so stupid. Dumbest idea ever.

Of course I want to walk around holding a cup in my hand, don't need my hands for more useful purposes.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:21 PM   #18
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:22 PM   #19
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Yes, this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze.
So it detects different colors. Interesting. I bet it couldn't detect any of the ones that are dirty white and have different flavors though.

Looks very nice. Sadly I'm mainly a water drinker, so it wouldn't be much use to me over a regular bottle.

Someone needs to create a device that you attach to the cup, which then measures the volume of said cup, and then does the identification that Vessyl does. The fact that you can't put these things in the dishwasher makes all these gadgets DOA.

The ad is done very well though.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:29 PM   #20
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This is rather neat. I am curious as to how it finds nutrition info on custom drinks.

A day will come when we can throw our food into the microwave and while warming up it will sync with our phone and update all nutrition information we intake

That would be awesome
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I'm glad this product exists just for the ad. All those yuppies walking around the city pausing to take long soulful looks at a white plastic cup. It's like something from The Onion.
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 12:30 PM   #22
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Pretty cool idea, to me at least. Not much different than other health trackers, is it? Not everyone would be interested, but if it actually works well, I'd say the price is reasonable.
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...what, technology still sucks? Meh, wake me up in 150 years
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Can it measure how much alcohol I have consumed? I have A hard time drinking enough booze, so it would be great to have a progress bar to help me reach my 24 beer per day goal. Imagine the convenience of not having to keep track of how many bottles of mouthwash, spirits, or wine I drink... This will free me up from keeping track and let me concentrate on finding new and interesting ways to ingest various alcoholic liquids.
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Would it notice a date rape drug?
If it could that would actually be useful. Imagine bars having them to serve mixed drinks in.
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