For many people, remembering to drink enough water is a daily struggle. Often people don’t realize it’s become a problem until they begin to feel the adverse effects of too little water consumption; headaches, low energy, skin issues, and more.
Back in 2014, Nadya Nguyen gathered a team of fellow University of Minnesota students to get to work on a solution – what is now being called “the water bottle of the future.” Within two days, her team had created the very first smart water bottle prototype. Through a series of contests, funding and mentorship programs, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, the prototype has now become the Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart water bottle by Hidrate Inc.
早在2014年，Hidrate 公司的联合创始人兼CEO Nadya Nguyen女士就聚集了明尼苏达大学的一群学生着手解决这个问题，就是现在被称为“未来水瓶”的项目。她的团队在两天内创造出了第一个非常智能的水瓶雏形，然后通过一系列的竞赛、筹资和导师计划，以及一次成功的众筹网站（Kickstarter）竞选，如今Hidrate 公司已将水瓶雏形升级为二代产品Hidrate Spark 2.0。
The bottle is made from colorful BPA-free plastic and comes with multiple long-lasting batteries. What makes it so smart is its Bluetooth technology and sensor stick. The sensor stick located in the middle of the bottle is paired with a free mobile application which tracks how much water has been consumed and syncs the levels straight to a smartphone. When the bottle sensor detects that it hasn’t been used after a certain amount of time, a light in the bottle will glow as a reminder. Push notifications are also sent straight to the phone with information, including intake levels and daily goals. The bottle can also sync to a Fitbit and Apple Watch. Not only serving as a great motivator, the bottle itself has become a conversation starter because of its glowing feature.
Hidrate Spark 2.0是由颜色艳丽且不含双酚A的塑料做成，并配有多个续航电池。这款产品之所以智能是因为它拥有蓝牙技术和传感棒。水瓶中间安装的传感棒可以关联到一款免费的移动应用软件，该应用软件跟踪消耗了多少水量以及瓶内实时的水量，将数据通过蓝牙直接传送给手机。当水瓶的传感棒感应到水瓶在设定的时间内没有被使用，水瓶内就会发光提示。推送通知也会直接送达手机，信息包括已饮水量和每天饮水量目标。水瓶也可以和Fitbit跑步机和Apple Watch同步传输数据。因为具有发光的特性，这款产品不仅是一个非常好的激励应用，而且也成为了网友谈论的话题。