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Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:49 am PT (01:49 pm ET)

Vessyl iOS-connected smart cup analyzes, tracks what you drink

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.