Vessyl is a smart cup that helps you monitor everything you drink. Designed and manufactured by startup consumer brand Mark One, the product is an attempt to capitalize on the emerging technological trend relating to the so-called “Internet of things” devices.
Vessyl Product Overview
The product is a 13-ounce cup with built-in computer chips for recognising any beverage you pour into it, displaying its nutritional content, and monitoring your liquid intake by wirelessly sending collected data to your smartphone.
Central to the features of Vessyl is its capability to determine the amount calories in a particular beverage as well as monitor the amount of other specific nutritional contents such as fat, protein, caffeine, and sugar. This is helpful for people who are on a special diet that requires them to limit their intake of a particular nutritional component. Moreover, this is also useful for people who are taking liquid protein as part of their physical training. After all, Vessyl also assists users in improving the timing of their liquid intake.
Another interesting feature of the smart cup is its ability to recognize a particular brand. Through built-in sensors, it can tell Coke or Pepsi. It can also tell the difference between product variants—such as Gatorade (Energy Drink) variants for example.
Using Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) the cup talks to the app throughout the day about what you’re consuming. The data is presented beautifully via circles that expand as you consume more of a value like calories, protein or fat. An outer circle of each value is your daily goal. Set a goal to drink fewer calories and you have a quick visual cue on where you are within a day.
“The Vessyl itself is really about what matters to you. If you want to lose weight, it might be calories,” says Justin Lee, CEO of Mark One.
Vessyl is available at $119. Mark One, the designer and manufacturer of the product, is a startup consumer brand co-founded by Justin Lee and Yves Behar. It aims to introduce products that utilize smart technologies to help consumers make healthier choices.