Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

U of M students launch the 'smart' water bottle that tells you when to drink

Author:

We have smart phones, watches, TVs and even refrigerators – now a group of University of Minnesota students is set to bring smart water bottles to the market.

The Business Journal reports the tech startup, Hidrate Inc., launched a Kickstarter fundraising drive Monday to develop its Hidrate Me bottle with the intention of raising an initial $35,000.

And it didn't take long. The campaign raised more than $41,000 as of Tuesday morning, which should mean that production begins this summer and the bottles will start shipping early next year.

The Hidrate Me bottle is the brainchild of five University of Minnesota students led by CEO Nadya Nguyen, who pulled together a team to enter the Google Twin Cities Startup Weekend in Minneapolis last year – where they finished third, the company's website says.

Their product is a 24-ounce, reusable-plastic, dishwasher-safe water bottle with a sensor inside that automatically tracks how much you drink throughout the day, the Kickstarter page says.

Nguyen told the Business Journal that the inspiration for the idea came after she started to exercise more and eat healthier, but "still felt sluggish." Taking her friend's advice to drink more water did the trick, leading to her hydration creation.

How it works

This sensor sends information to your smart phone which tracks how much water you're drinking, and then the bottle glows when it's time to drink more. The sensor runs on a battery that should last for a year and can be "easily replaced."

The fledgling company says the product and app helps people take care of themselves better, using a person's height, weight, age and activity level to judge how much water they should be drinking to stay fully hydrated.

The app can also take information from fitness trackers like FitBit to see how much exercise you're doing and how that affects your water needs, as well as using your location to see whether you need more water because of heat or humidity.

The Hidrate team comprises of Alexander Hambrock, Coleman Iverson, Nguyen, Daniel Worku and Alexandra Feeken, who between them are engineers, designers, marketers and developers.

After finishing third in the startup competition last year, they were accepted into the Spring Mobile Health Accelerator program. The 3-month program helps startups seeking to improve health using mobile technology to accelerate their business.

Having reached their fundraising goal, they will make their first production order in July, and will finalize the app and start producing bottles by November.

They will then start shipping the finished product around the turn of the year, the company's website says.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related

Orchestra lockouts discourage U of M student musicians

The orchestra lockouts in the Twin Cities are apparently being felt outside of the membership of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A University of Minnesota doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting says students "don't have a model right now" because of the lockouts.