They say water is the elixir of life (or something like that). Smart water bottle, HidrateMe, is designed to make sure you’re drinking plenty of it

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Image: Meet the water bottle that tells you when you're dehydrated...

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Snazzy, eh?

We all know that we're meant to drink plenty of water. But how many of us actually do?

 

Well, now there could be a water bottle that will alert you when you're starting to get dehydrated.

 

Launched by four alumni​ from the University of Minnesota in collaboration with physicians at Kansas University, HidrateMe syncs to your phone and tracks your water intake, emitting a glow when it senses you might be getting dehydrated.

 

Using data based on your height and weight, as well as your geographic location (including elevation and humidity levels), it creates a personalised equation of how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis (and it's probably more than you think you need).

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For fitness die-hards, it will also sync up with your Fitbit or Jawbone to help you stay hydrated before, during and after workouts.

 

It's not in the shops just yet but HidrateMe campaign – the brainchild of Nadya Nguyen, a former data analyst – is generating lots of attention on Kickstarter, where it’s raised more than $250,000 of the company’s $35,000 goal (there's still over a month left to donate to the project).

 

Made from BPA-free Tritan plastic, the HidrateMe bottle is available in five colours, including white, green, teal, bright pink and black. Dishwasher-safe, it comes with a built-in sensor (with a battery life of over a year so no charging necessary) which tracks your daily water intake and sends alerts to the Hidrate app on your phone, which is free to download.

 

“I thought I was pretty conscious about hydration and it just reminded me how easy it is to forget when life gets busy,” founder Nadya Nguyen told Mashable of the idea behind the water bottle, which came about after she’d spent a day volunteering for 10 hours and had forgotten to drink any water. 

 

HidrateMe will retail starting at $50 with bottles shipping from winter 2015.

 

The best advice until you can get your hands on one? Drink up. 

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