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HidrateMe smart water bottle glows when you need more hydration

Water is essential to life, but it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of how much you’ve had, how much you need, and when to drink more.

The HidrateMe bottle uses a sensor and Bluetooth to communicate with a smartphone app about how much water to drink and when to drink it. The company’s CEO, identified as Nadya, explains that the team put together the initial Arduino prototype in less than three days. The product has come a long way since then, though, and now includes a refined sculptured look as well as a ripple near the spout.

A light also glows from its middle when you’ve gone too long without drinking. A coin battery powers the dishwater-safe 24 oz. bottle for a year. Hidrate, Inc. seeks to raise $35,000 by July 13th. Te bottle, which costs $45, should arrive in December.

The HidrateMe campaign is running concurrent with that of Trago, which claims to be the first smart water bottle. Both products can take into account environmental conditions to personalize their recommendations and help with an important element of health that many people neglect. For those who like the design of the bottle and the glow reminder feature, the HidrateMe is likely the better choice.

Arthur Tufeau is a contributor to Backerjack.