We all know that we should drink more water instead of the sugary drinks and coffee that are so much more appealing. Sadly, something like 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
This is very worrying because water is one of the most essential resources to our existence. Your body needs H2O to regulate its temperature, flush out harmful toxins and to help all your vital organs work properly. Being constantly dehydrated is very likely to have bad health outcomes in the long run.
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If you are not getting enough water in your diet then you should seriously start looking for ways to increase your daily intake. Changing old habits is never easy but here are some gadgets that may help.
Ulla is a device that is small enough to fit pretty much any bottle or cup. It keeps track of how much water you drink and lets you know when its time to drink more. The company behind the gadget claims that users drink between two and three times more water when they follow Ulla’s optimal hydration cycle.
The gadget is very subtle and stylish. A high-precision accelerometer always knows when you take a drink. A gentle blinking will let you know when its time to take another sip.
Best of all, you don’t need to worry about complex settings. There are no on/off buttons. Just attach Ulla on a bottle/cup full of water and its tilt sensors will do the magic. The gadget works with an easily replaceable coin cell battery, no charging necessary and the battery life is up to 6 months.
As the name suggests, Sippo is a smart cup that keeps track of your water intake. Unlike the Ulla, however, it is connected to your phone via an app. This means that you can track your progress and set personalized daily hydration targets. It also means that you can adjust your hydration needs to your climate or activity level.
When Sippo knows you are due for a drink, a smartphone notification will appear to let you know. Or open the app to see if you are on track to meet your daily target or need to adjust. Detailed analytics will let you easily review your progress with charts and drink log history.
H2OPal is a thin device that sits at the base of the bottle. It makes your life easier by helping you take in more water, fewer calories and improve your productivity and focus by avoiding dehydration.
Smart notifications help you stay hydrated and the gadget also syncs with Fitbit through the iPhone app. The built-in flash memory, weight measuring sensor and accelerometer combine to monitor your water intake. Each day, H2OPal determines your optimal goal based on a range of metrics including: physical activity, weather, weight, and age.
Magnetic and vacuum connections enable a sleek design and easy setup. The gadget can keep going for months on a single coin-cell battery.
Solar power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective. In fact, each hour, enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to provide for the world’s energy demand for a year.
This versatile backpack lets you charge your devices on the go and stay hydrated at the same time. It has an easy to remove 7W/6V solar panel along with a 10,000mAh waterproof emergency power backup / storage. The green, Earth-friendly solar charging module features a removable panel USB port that lets you charge two gadgets at the same time.
Most important of all, Ivation comes with a 1.8-liter water bladder along with a flexible pipe. The result is that you can drink water while wearing the backpack.
All in all, this is a great solution for holding backpacking supplies, as well as hiking, biking, or camping
Founded just three years ago, Bellabeat has, in this short time, become one of the leading names when it comes to fitness tracking for women. The wellness-oriented company has distributed over 400,000 of its hugely popular Leaf device.
Its most recent venture, however, is slightly different. Retailing for $89, its Bellabeat Spring automatically logs your water intake as you drink throughout the day. The system sets tailored hydration goals based on your lifestyle, activity and sleep. You also get drinking reminders based on your tailored intake goal.
In terms of design, the dishwasher safe, 16 flu.oz, smart bottle is built with lightweight glass, a grip surface, a leak-proof cap, and BPA-free removable neck. No charging is required.
Bellabeat has not launched the smart water bottle just yet, but you can pre-order. Shipping is scheduled to begin later this Summer.
An Indiegogo project, the AquaGenie smart water bottle keeps you hydrated both through its mobile app and technology on the bottle itself. The intelligent vessel connects via Bluetooth to the accompanying smartphone app to provide you with insights on your daily, weekly and monthly water intake.
The sporty looking gadget sets customized water consumption goals based on your user info. You get reminders in the form of a glowing light right on the bottle that help you stay on track throughout the day. To check how close you are to meeting your goal, just shake the bottle. Green means you’re on track, yellow means you should take a few sips, and red means you’re behind.
AquaGenie also plays nice with your Fitbit, Apple Health, Samsung Health and other fitness tracking apps, keeping their dashboards nicely updated.
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