You Can’t Hide Your Starbucks Addiction from the Vessyl Smart Cup


Some smart devices are incredibly useful. Other smart devices are a little gimmicky. But no smart device is quite like Vessyl.

Vessyl is a smart cup. Pour a drink into Vessyl, and the cup will tell you what you are drinking, both on a small LED display on the side and on a smartphone app. The technology itself is an undeniably impressive—the sensors are sophisticated enough to specify not only that you’re drinking coffee, but that it’s Starbucks coffee, and that it’s a mocha frappuccino. Vessyl will do this with a lot of branded beverages, because those sensors are breaking down what’s inside the cup at the molecular level. It also looks pretty sleek, thanks to a partnership with Yves Behar—key, because ostensibly, you’re going to want to carry this cup around with you everywhere.

At this point, you’re probably wondering why you would ever buy Vessyl, because you could also identify what you are drinking by moving your eyes and looking at the bottle in your hand, and seeing that it says Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. You probably also remember that one time when you wanted to drink a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, so you bought one, and now it’s in your hand. That’s sorted.

But, Vessyl does do a little more than just identification. The cup will also provide you nutritional information, like how many calories and grams of sugar or how much caffeine is in what you’re drinking. Granted, this information is still readily available in pretty much all circumstances, unless you’re getting drinks in a bar or restaurant. The real benefit of Vessyl is that it aggregates all of this information for you, and stores it in an app. You’ll be able to track your caffeine, calorie, and sugar intake over the course of a day, so you can better keep those numbers under control. Meanwhile, the Pryme hydration system looks at your data and gauges your hydration. More or less, it’ll tell you when you need to drink more water.

Vessyl can also pair with other fitness tracking apps, so you can get a more comprehensive view of your nutritional information. In terms of tracking calories and levels of sugar, fat, caffeine, and vitamin intake, the experience is incomplete without having something like Vessyl for food—it’s probably safe to say that CEO Justin Lee, who spearheaded the development of Vessyl, is working on just that. You’ll also have to carry Vessyl around with you everywhere—everything you drink will have to go through Vessyl, or you’ll have an incomplete data set that probably won’t help you much.

Of course, you could do most of this monitoring manually, or at least make a decent approximation of when you’ve had too much of something—the prize here is convenience and to-the-number accuracy. If that’s worth $100 ($200 after it starts shipping) to you, there’s a battery-powered, Bluetooth-enabled super-cup with your name on it, waiting to be pre-ordered.

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