Why is it so hard to drink more water throughout the day? I, like apparently a lot of people, am a chronic under-drinker of water. Sometimes I go six hours without drinking a single sip of the stuff. I look up and realise, Oops, haven’t had any water today. It's gotten so bad that two friends at work have gifted me with water bottles—shiny, new, and colourful, and guess what? I don’t fill them. Which is why when I got word of HidrateMe, a high-tech new kind of water bottle that gently glows to remind you to refill it (how polite), I was more than intrigued. The item is generating a ton of buzz, and while all it needed to reach its goal was $35,000, it has already made more than $219,000 on Kickstarter (Did you read that number right? Over $200,000)—six times more than what it requested! Now that's a hot water bottle. Keep scrolling to read more about what is being called “the smartest water bottle ever.”
HidrateMe is a smart water bottle that syncs to your phone via Bluetooth to track your water intake, and it lights up to remind you to stay hydrated. The idea was thought up by entrepreneurs in Minnesota, based around the simple problem so many of us face: We know drinking water is so simple and essential for good health, “but with daily distractions, millions of us don’t take care of ourselves the way we should. We simply forget,” says the HidrateMe Kickstarter page.
The item is a 24-ounce BPA-free bottle that contains a sensor stick that tracks how much you drink throughout the day. It communicates with the Hidrate app on your phone and glows when it’s time to drink more or when you’ve reached your goal. The battery lasts for over a year, so you don’t have to hassle with recharging it. The bottle comes in clear, turquoise, green, black, and pink, and we were actually quite taken with the chic geometric-faceted design.
Here’s more about how it works. When you first register the app, you enter your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. Then the app will calculate how much water you need to drink on a daily basis. Using your location, it can also adjust your daily water goal depending on temperature, humidity, elevation, and your movements. The sensor in the bottle speaks to the app, so in addition to glowing, the app on your phone will generate a simple screen with a graphic of a water droplet that shows your progress with a message—for instance, “30%—about 2 more bottles to go.” It will send a push notification that shows up on your phone with the cute little note: “Hi! It’s time to drink more water.” It also shows daily/weekly history, so you can notice patterns like that you only ever drink 30% of your daily water on Tuesdays (and figure out why that is/change it).
With 34 days left to go in the campaign, the HidrateMe founders have cruised past their Kickstarter goal. The bottles are expected to go into production this summer, with shipments going out this winter. Pretty cool idea, huh? We cannot wait to get our hands on one.