Designer Yves Béhar along with his team at fuseproject in San Francisco, have partnered with Mark One to design the world’s first drinking cup that automatically tracks what you drink in real time. The intelligent cup aims to help consumers make healthier choices one sip at a time by instantly recognising key properties of the beverage.
Vessyl, seven years in the making, takes the tedious guesswork out of nutrition tracking and provides you with personalised insights on what you’re consuming, with actionable feedback on how to meet your health goals, says Béhar.
Advanced sensing technology kicks in once liquid is poured into the intelligent cup, breaking the beverage down on a molecular level. The intelligent cup is able to tell the difference between hot and cold drinks and can even distinguish between brands such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Vessyl’s ability to count the amount of calories in each beverage will assist users who are dieting or monitoring their health to keep track of their intake in a hassle-free way. Furthermore, the product's Pryme function estimates hydration levels and alerts users when they need to drink water. All this information is sent through to the user’s smartphone, through Bluetooth Low Energy technology, where it can be stored for further use.
There are plenty of devices that track activity, but Vessyl is the first ever consumer product to automatically track your consumption in real time. Beverages are a major source of unnoticed calories, and Vessyl gives you the tools to easily know what you’re really drinking and motivate you to make healthier choices, says Justin Lee, CEO of Mark One.
Vessyl was elegantly crafted by Béhar, whose creative expertise saw the device transformed into a desirable product. The spill-proof lid, non-stick interior, durable build and discreet screen for displaying consumption data make Vessyl both fashionable and functional. The accompanying charging coaster complements Vessyl’s design and will power the cup for up to a full week with just an hour of charge.
Integrating breakthrough technology into everyday products is always a challenge. At the same time, this is exactly how design makes tech products easily adoptable in real life, says Béhar.