It’s called Vessyl, and is the brainchild of a biomedical computing student who started his quest to build a device that’s part of the “internet of things” seven years ago, reports The Verge.
“I wanted to put a computer into one of the most ubiquitous objects in the history of the human race,” he said, settling on a cup. He worked with the designer behind the Jawbone to build it.
Now the 13-ounce cup is a reality, and an informative one at that: It purportedly recognizes any beverage you pour into it, shows the nutritional content of that drink and syncs your drinking habits with your smartphone. It measures the sugar, protein, calories, fat and caffeine inside anything you pour, whether you bought a soda at the store or concocted your own brew, and tracks your daily hydration levels.
It can even tell the difference between strong and weak coffee, with Ellis Hamburger of The Verge noting that it recognized each of the nearly dozen drinks he tried pouring into it.
“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,” he writes. “Yes, this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze.”
Vessyls are set for an early 2015 shipping date at a price of $199.99, but the company is taking preorders now for $99.
Right now my water glass is telling me it’s half empty. Or is it half full? It’s not answering. Stupid cup. You know nothing.