Posts with tag fitness
Will make you feel bad about that Cola
In the future, your spork will tell you how fast you’re chowing down on that Chicken Alfredo, warning you when you’re overeating – a wristband will tell you just about exactly how many steps you’ve taken in a day – and your cup will be able determine when you’ve had one too many caloric almost-juice drinks. That was the dream (ok, it was a dream), but no longer. The food sensing silverware is here, and those wrist bands made their debut some time ago. It’s taken a little bit longer, but now one startup thinks they’ve finally gotten the final piece of the puzzle just right with a new smart cup (yes, I just said smart cup) called Vessyl, and it’s absolutely amazing.
Vessyl may look like any other cup, but if it does even half of what the team behind it claims its will, it’s something closer to magic than your average cup. Brought to you by the folks at Mark One, Vessyl will “automatically know and track what you’re drinking in real time.” Having a glass of water? How many glasses of water have you had today? Vessyl knows, and it’ll keep track of it for you, syncing with the associated smartphone application over Bluetooth.
What’s even more amazing than its tracking capabilities is its ability to recognize and analyze exactly what’s in the cup. Mark One promises the recognition technology is good enough to recognize that Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino you’re drinking, and tell you how much sugar, protein, caffeine, and more are in it. That could be absolutely huge for people with specific dietary needs. Sensitive to caffeine? Vessyl will let you know when you’ve gone over your daily limit.
A feature called “Pryme” lets you know when you’ve had just the right amount of your daily needs, while the associated iOS or Android application allows you to keep track of individualized goals. Better yet, it automatically works with various existing fitness trackers already on the market.
If that didn’t wow you, well, I’m honestly not quite sure if anything will. Vessyl is slated to go on sale in “early 2015” for a regular price of $199, though if you pre-order now you can pick it up for $99. If Mark One can deliver on Vessyl’s lofty promises, the future was once written only in fiction, but now that it’s here. And I couldn’t be any more excited.
Fitness just got more plugged in
The Jawbone Up has been considered one of the greatest digital fitness tools of the mobile age (after a lousy initial run of buggy and damaged units nearly tarnished the brand), and now Jawbone has launched a new API for developers dubbed the “Up Platform” which allows developers to stream all the data that Up collects into their own projects and applications. This will allow developers to take advantage of the rich (and personal) data that the powerful hardware collects and use it in ways not possible before, potentially opening up a whole new world of social, competitive, and gamified applications and services not before possible.
Though the Up Platform is currently closed off and available only to certified “Up” partners, it would be easy for Jawbone to make something like this available to your indie developer down the street with a simple flick of a switch. I could personally see them doing that before too long if reception from initial partners is good enough and once the calls are improved a little bit.