Hydration is important to you as a person, but how do you know you’re getting enough water? Most of us just wing it, drinking what we can throughout the day and hoping the coffee we’re swilling doesn’t dry us out too much. The Hug, however, wants to take the guess work out of being hydrated.
Swig And Swig Again
Here’s how it works: You grab the sensor band, and tighten it around your water bottle, be it a simple plastic bottle from the kitchen or the Nalgene you’re convinced could stop a tank. Pair the band with your phone, and then, start hydrating. But there’s a bit more to the Hug than you might at first think.
Water Water Everywhere
First of all, it pairs to your iOS device, so you can easily track how much you’re drinking. Over time, the Hug creates a hydration profile and times your drinking so that you can properly get your water right when you need it. The idea, ultimately, is that the Hug trains you to better hydrate yourself on your own, to make consuming water part of your daily routine. Ultimately, you’ll be consuming more water and making sure that you’re at optimum hydration.
Equally clever is the app built for the Hug. Currently only for iOS, the Hug app figures out your base hydration from your age, weight, the weather, and other factors. It will also integrate with your FitBit and other tools to track your exercise and thus, your hydration or lack thereof. The hotter it is and the more you work out, the more water you need, as you might have guessed.
Realistically, you need to drink more water anyway, so you might as well have some fun with it. The Hug is available on Kickstarter, starting at $70.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.