A water bottle that tells your body when you’re THIRSTY? Yes, the future is now. Research and development firm Cambridge Consultants will be showing off its intriguing “i-dration” concept fitness water bottle at CES next month, combining a series of sensors on the bottle itself that communicate with an app you’ve got installed on your smartphone. The bottle will measure ambient temperature, how much fluid you’ve pounded, and how often you’ve consumed it; the phone, meanwhile, will use its accelerometer to measure how hard you’re working out and combine that with heart rate data from a chest strap. After crunching some numbers, the app determines whether you’re low on H2O –
Some features include:
1. Provide the heat index based off the body’s temperature in it’s current location;
2. Display the level of heat-illness risk under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) heat index;
3. Allow parents, coaches and athletic trainers to schedule hydration reminders for before, during and after sports; and
4. Help facilitate the replacement of fluids lost during sports based on urine color and/or amount of weight lost.
I would love to get my hands on a prototype, since I’ve already made plans to hit the gym super hard – this might be just the gadget to keep me working out for the long haul!