Have you ever dreamed of owning a $199 Bluetooth enabled, nutrition tracking and molecular reading cup? If you said yes, you should buy a Vessyl.
The Vessyl is a 13-ounce smart cup that recognizes any beverage poured into it. It uses sensors, a processor and a proprietary algorithm to identify the beverage and then displays the nutritional content on the side of the cup. The nutritional information of every beverage poured into the Vessyl automatically syncs to a user’s smartphone, which allows the user to keep track of their drinking habits. The Vessyl even recognizes beverages by brand. According to testing by the Verge’s Ellis Hamburger, the Vessyl was able to identify beverages such as Crush orange soda, Vitamin Water XXX, Tropicana orange juice and Gatorade Cool Blue.
The Vessyl identifies most beverages poured into it within 10 seconds. Sugar, protein, calories, fat and caffeine content of the beverage are all displayed.
In addition to the nutrition tracking, the Vessyl also estimates, tracks and displays a user’s real-time hydration needs. This function is called Pryme. Pryme takes a user’s height and weight, along with other factors to calculate a hydration level. In essence, Pryme helps ensure that a user stays optimally hydrated at all times.
The Vessyl begins shipping in early 2015 at a cost of $199.99. You can preorder it now for $99.
In my opinion, the price tag is still a little too high for my taste (pun intended). The nutrition tracking is only as valuable as how often you use your Vessel. How many times do you plan on pouring your beverage into the Vessyl? I’d argue a more valuable nutrition tracking dishware device would be a plate. More of a person’s diet is consumed off a plate rather than from a cup. In addition, I believe a person would be more likely to use the same plate each day.
What do you think? Would you buy a Vessyl? Let me know in the comments below.