Quick and easy molecular analysis is, by most accounts, still a long way off. Many a project claiming the ability to scan an object and report its make-up have been scoffed at for idealistic and impractical leaps in logic. With that in mind, the guys behind the Vessyl are confident enough in their liquid-identifying smart cup's skills to start taking preorders. The project is headed by Mark One, and has been in development for seven years. Given its 2015 ship date and the fact that I ain't no scientist, it's tough to evaluate the veracity of their claims... but that's never stopped us before.
They promise the sleek Bluetooth equipped mug can identify the volume and type of beverage, down to the specific brand, and break out the according caloric value, alcohol content, caffeine content, and so on, in a tasteful display on the side of the cup. Additionally, the cup will weigh this information against your daily intake to help you make good choices about your hydration and diet based on projected goals or needs.
It can do yogurt, it can do coffee, and beer and god knows what else. You can tell it to tell you to cut down or ramp up, and it'll network with your workout devices of choice. It can tell how quickly you're drinking, and will judge you accordingly. Charge it wirelessly on a cool looking contact base every few days. All of the is managed via your handy app.
The Yves Béhar-designed form seems pretty dialed, and on-screen appears lightweight enough for practical use, though I might not personally stroll along the wharf with my pricey gadget-mug (preorder for $99, later $199). The outside of the mug is smooth, except for a lightly faceted section used for the display, giving you an easy tactile and visual cues for where to look. Activate the display by tipping the cup slightly.
The company is predictably tightlipped about their methods and tech. All we know is that the interior has a glass coating, and it looks nice. For the details that do exist check out their FAQ. Canned answers not enough? Perhaps you'd be better swayed by some high profile butt-kissing: