There are any number of fitness and nutrition tracking solutions out there, some of which may also take into account hydration. However, the process of inputting one’s water intake is manual and up until this point, there were no solutions to automate it.
Enter Caktus, which Hug sensor + app is raising funds at Kickstarter as we speak. The setup makes sure your water input is properly tracked while also coaching you “towards optimal hydration.”
Not only will the Hug keep track of the amount of water you take, but will also include local weather conditions to make sure you drink as much water as needed.Said sensor can be slipped around pretty much any water bottle (with a diameter of 2.16-3.14 inches / 55-80 millimeters) and will automatically detect when you’re drinking water. The underlying technology uses motion data and algorithms to do its magic, while the accompanying app provides users with automatic reminders to make sure they maintain optimal hydration.
The Hug sensor communicates with the iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0, and is charged by USB cable. The built-in battery will last at least a week, most likely even more once the Hug enters the production.
When it comes to the Hug application, it will initially be an iOS exclusive with Android version coming at a later date. Not only will it keep track of the amount of water you take, but will also include local weather conditions to make sure you drink as much water as needed. Hug will also communicate with Fitbit and RunKeeper APIs to beam add its “water findings” to the mix.
Finally, the Hug API is also under development and once it’s out, it will make sure that more fitness tracking apps and services can join the party.
Caktus is looking to raise $34,000 to turn Hug into a real product. At the moment, the single Hug unit goes for $69…