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Keeping tabs on your diet is set to become a little easier thanks to Vessyl, a new Yves Behar-designed smart cup that analyzes the chemical makeup of its contents and automatically sends the drink's nutritional information to an iOS device.




Vessyl uses a small, proprietary sensor located inside the glass-lined cup to detect what kind of liquid it's holding and how fast the user is drinking. It tracks a number of parameters -- from standard nutritional information to the brand of the drink -- and displays the data using a companion app or via an embedded display on the side of the cup.

Mark One, Vessyl's creators, say the 13-ounce cup can handle any kind of liquid that people normally drink. It can even analyze thicker liquids, like yogurt and smoothies.

A built-in battery will power the cup's sensor and display for between five and seven days. The battery can be topped up in approximately one hour using an inductive charging pad -- which Mark One calls a "saucer" -- that plugs into a wall socket.

Vessyl is available now for pre-order directly from the company's website at a discounted cost of $99. The cups are expected to ship early next year, at which time the price will increase to $199.

post #2 of 51
This is just getting ridiculous! The future people!
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Wow--I'm amazed at the reported results. Makes me want a more generalized sensor (of which I believe several have been proposed) to analyze more than just liquids; more than just foods, even. "What kind of wood is this?" "What kind of paint?" "What's the fat content in this dog treat?" "Is this vegan?" "Is this made from wheat?" As prices drops to $100 and below, personal molecular sensors (or whatever?) will be well worth it!

I don't want to track beverages, though. I already know I'm dehydrated, for free!
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That's enough now. This is getting silly.

post #5 of 51
Yeah, come on. Really? How about you just look on the label. Saw a device that alerts your phone when your plants need water. Seriously? how about you just check it?

What's next? An alarm that tells you when to take a breath?
post #6 of 51
OK. I'm sick of "smart" devices. Why do I need this? Harumph. You kids get off my lawn.
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OK. I'm sick of "smart" devices. Why do I need this? Harumph. You kids get off my lawn.

Didn't you mean 'whipper snappers'? lol.gif
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post #8 of 51
For $0 I can read the nutrition label on what I'm about to drink, requires no batteries, and is dishwasher safe.

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post #9 of 51
It's silly now, but we're on the edge of some cool stuff.

Tracking your calories easily is the holy grail for not getting fat. You can do it with paper and pencil, but most people don't stick with it.
post #10 of 51

Surely you mean versylly

post #11 of 51

Ever since hearing recently that iPhone 6 was rumoured to have wireless charging capabilities I can't get it out of my head. Like this cup, and other devices, it's the only way forward. I hope Schiller is going to go all in on wireless charging this time around.


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post #12 of 51

Not for me, but might be useful for the elderly (if it cost $15-$30). At $99-$199 it's DOA.

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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post
Ever since hearing recently that iPhone 6 was rumours to have wireless charging capabilities

 

You mean by one person in one thread, a few hours ago, with no source from anywhere? :p

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What's next? An alarm that tells you when to take a breath?

 

An IP address.

 

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post #15 of 51

Their FAQ does make it sound intriguing. Even better than this article make it sound. But I'm not carrying this around with me everywhere so it's going to miss a lot. And if drinking is where you get all your calories then you probably don't have money for this. hahahaha

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Yeah, come on. Really? How about you just look on the label. Saw a device that alerts your phone when your plants need water. Seriously? how about you just check it?

What's next? An alarm that tells you when to take a breath?

There are a lot 'because you can' apps out there. A kitchen vessel that can analyze it's content would be useful but a drinking vessel is a little OTT.

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Not for me, but might be useful for the elderly (if it cost $15-$30). At $99-$199 it's DOA.

Why do the elderly care? I think the target demographic would be the super self obsessed fitness and diet fanatical nerds out there. Not the elderly.

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For $0 I can read the nutrition label on what I'm about to drink, requires no batteries, and is dishwasher safe.

Yes, however this device will likely aggregate data.

 

Not everything comes out of a can or bottle. If you make your own juice, you'd have to manually weigh all the ingredients, look up the nutritional information, then tabulate. Altso, there is typically no nutritional information on alcoholic beverages. Heck, I buy orange juice at my town's farmers market, there's no nutritional information on that, nor is there for the cappuccino I drink at the local coffee shop.

 

For some, it is may be worth it, however, one shortcoming is that this only provides a partial view into your diet. 

 

Personally, I will not be buying these type of devices.

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You mean by one person in one thread, a few hours ago, with no source from anywhere? :p

 

Perhaps. Think I saw it on 9to5. But of course that means Apple can no longer do it now :p

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Perhaps. Think I saw it on 9to5. But of course that means Apple can no longer do it now :p

 

Or that they’ll just change the design out of spite. ;)

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post #21 of 51
Nice!
The future is MAGIC! If we do not destroy ourselves, the future will be pretty damn cool.
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Why do the elderly care? I think the target demographic would be the super self obsessed fitness and diet fanatical nerds out there. Not the elderly.

 

Because the infirm and unhealthy may need more information about their health than the fit.

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post #23 of 51
I call BS.

You can't do spectroscopic analysis to tell just what is in drinks and know it is accurate unless you can do calibration.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out you need to tell it that you are drinking a "diet Coke" for it to give any half-way decent results.
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Because the infirm and unhealthy may need more information about their health than the fit.

But the likelihood of them getting that kind of info from a high tech gadget after they have poured their drink is not very likely. Still, you could give one to your granny and if she doesn't use it you got yourself a nice mug.

post #25 of 51

Why would I want a $500 device when I can use a pay phone?

Why would I want a map on said device when I can use a paper map?

Why would I want to email someone when I can write a letter?

Why would I use a calorie counter to see if I'm in shape or not?

Why would I use a reminder app when I can use post-it notes?

Why would I use a cup like this to upload nutritional info when I can read the label and manually track it?

 

Because technology has made us all lazy-asses.....get over it. You sound old.

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Why would I want a $500 device when I can use a pay phone?

Why would I want a map on said device when I can use a paper map?

Why would I want to email someone when I can write a letter?

Why would I use a calorie counter to see if I'm in shape or not?

Why would I use a reminder app when I can use post-it notes?

Why would I use a cup like this to upload nutritional info when I can read the label and manually track it?

 

Because technology has made us all lazy-asses.....get over it. You sound old.

 

The first one makes no sense - I am not paying $500 for a phone. The notion that an iPhone is a phone is silly. It is called a phone because before the iPhone that is pretty much what you got. If there were no cell phones before the iPhone, would it still be called an iPhone? I doubt it.

Your second question is what I am talking about. 

Email is a letter improved. 

Too much time on your hands. Anyway, if you use a calorie counter to see if you are in shape you are misguided.

Seriously? Post-it notes?

Cuz your a geek.

 

I think your logic sucks and this has little to do with laziness

post #27 of 51

This is "cool" from a proof of concept perspective, but rather silly as is.  I can't see how there is a viable market for this product.  Now 5 (or 10 or 50) years from now I can imagine that everything one consumes can be coded and logged and be a big breakthrough for diet and fitness, but it's not going to be because everything is passing through a $500 cup or plate.

post #28 of 51
Given that there are absolutely no technical specs about things like "sensors" and "ranges", and with them making claims like "Can my Vessyl detect the brand of what I drink? -Yes. In most cases, you will see the specific brands and flavors of what you are drinking when you open the app", I'm calling this BS until I start seeing results from it.
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Originally Posted by GadgetCanadaV2 View Post
 

Why would I want a $500 device when I can use a pay phone?

Why would I want a map on said device when I can use a paper map?

Why would I want to email someone when I can write a letter?

Why would I use a calorie counter to see if I'm in shape or not?

Why would I use a reminder app when I can use post-it notes?

Why would I use a cup like this to upload nutritional info when I can read the label and manually track it?

 

Because technology has made us all lazy-asses.....get over it. You sound old.

not so fast, this seems like its just a lot more effort - washing it out so i can pour my yoghurt in it, then washing it out for my soda from a can - then - well you get the idea. Ohh can't wait to have to remember it when i go out for drinks after work, and to breakfast the next day - 

yes I'm too lazy to use one of these

post #30 of 51
I only need to use part of my brain to figure out for myself, in real-time, what I'm putting in my body. And it costs me nothing.
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Mark One, Vessyl's creators, say the 13-ounce cup can handle any kind of liquid that people normally drink. It can even analyze thicker liquids, like yogurt and smoothies.
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Vessyl is available now for pre-order directly from the company's website at a discounted cost of $99. The cups are expected to ship early next year, at which time the price will increase to $199.
 

 

  • Where is the 32 oz Super Gulp?
  • Who drinks from 13 oz containers anyway?
  • Pre-order - $7.61/oz - OUCH
  • Launch - $15.31/oz - OUCH Super Sized
post #32 of 51
Their next product is a smart straw, for more fine grained information.
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Their next product is a smart straw, for more fine grained information.

maybe we will soon have a full set of eating / drinking implements... already a bluetooth fork

post #34 of 51

how about a new blue pill - move over viagra

i think a blue pill would solve so many issues....

bluetooth enabled, just swallow it. From within your stomach you could send all kinds of calorific data back to an iPhone, also heart rate, breathing rhythm, and conveniently - poop it out in time to change the battery, wash it off, then back in the old tum she goes.....

post #35 of 51

Slow news day.

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how about a new blue pill - move over viagra

i think a blue pill would solve so many issues....

bluetooth enabled, just swallow it. From within your stomach you could send all kinds of calorific data back to an iPhone, also heart rate, breathing rhythm, and conveniently - poop it out in time to change the battery, wash it off, then back in the old tum she goes.....

I am not taking no sh*tty blue pill over and over again.

post #37 of 51
Google and Facebook will waste billions to keep track of what you drink.

Nice cup, btw.
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I am not taking no sh*tty blue pill over and over again.

Haha. And you have to "find" it before you can take it too. 1oyvey.gif

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post #39 of 51

I wonder if Google will buy it so it can spy on even more people… hmmmm.

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I only need to use part of my brain to figure out for myself, in real-time, what I'm putting in my body. And it costs me nothing.

 

I am not sure how this product works, but as with something like accounting software, it's the data input that makes it work, and the manual input is what is difficult. When something like this can input and place the data where it needs to be then it becomes useful.

Connectivity of health tracking devices is going to blow up now that iOS and soon google create frameworks where your drinking cup, blood pressure monitor, all the device we use to track our health, input and place the data automatically where it needs to be. If it is left for people to do it manually most people just won't.  

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