A water bottle that's smarter than me


I'll be the first to admit that I don't hydrate as often as I should, which is stupid since drinking plenty of water during the day is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. Luckily for me (and for many of you, I'm guessing), a group of students from the University of Minnesota have developed a smart water bottle that syncs to a smartphone to track water intake and glows if you are not meeting your daily hydration needs. The students have started a Kickstarter funding campaign that is going like gangbusters: They have received pledges of almost $110,000 to a goal of $35,000 at the time of writing, with 39 more days to go.

The reusable, 24-oz HidrateMe water bottle is made from BPA-free Tritan plastic from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN). In addition to the co-polymer's safety—extensive tests have demonstrated that it is free of estrogenic and androgenic activity, says Eastman—"we selected Tritan because of its strength, its natural clarity, which we can refine to a frosted finish, and its common usage in reusable water bottles, which helps smooth out design for manufacturing," Alex Hambrock, Head of Product Development told PlasticsToday.

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