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Water.IO Transforms Ordinary Bottle into ‘Smart Bottle’

Interview: Water.IO transforms ordinary bottle into 'smart bottle'
Interview: Water.IO transforms ordinary bottle into ‘smart bottle’

The demand for “smart” packaging has greatly increased this year, with reports predicting 8% annual growth to $3.5bn by 2017, in the US alone. Earlier this year, we reported on Hidrate’s bottle revolutionising water intake and Johnnie Walker’s smart bottle that alerts the consumer when the drink is nearly gone. However, unlike its predecessors, Water.IO are approaching this sector from a different angle. A start-up from Israel, Water.IO has invented a smart cap which fits onto most standard bottles – turning existing disposable bottles into smart bottles! We spoke to co-founder Yoav Hoshen about the company, the technology and the consumer drinking experience.

What is Water.IO and what inspired you to start up the company?

Water.IO is all about providing smart solutions to help prevent dehydration, while at the same time push the beverages and food industry into the Internet of Things (IoT) and big-data arena. People don’t drink enough water during the day, and we all forget to drink. We would like to help people by making their disposable water bottles remind them when they need to drink. So we’ve developed smart caps technology sensors that can be used by any cap or closure manufacturer and any bottler, and that actually enable the bottle to measure how much drink is in the bottle and alert with blinking lights when the customer needs to drink more, based on his personal profile. So actually we help turning every standard disposable bottle into a smart bottle. At the same time, this smart cap also sends information to the customer’s smartphone and the beverages companies get, for the first time, real-time analytics about who their customers are, how they drink, when, where and how this is related to other factors like weather, sport activity, geography, age.

Tell us about the development process for the smart bottle caps. What technology have you used?

We’ve been working in the last year on developing an advanced, patented sensors technology that can get into any standard bottle cap, and come in different form factors. We also developed the application on the smartphone that can be branded with the beverage company, which now can benefit from a direct engagement with its customers; and we also developed the analytics dashboard that provides the beverages companies with the real time analytics about their customers – think about it as if every beverages company can get the type of information companies like Facebook or Google get about their customers. Water.IO is actually the first to add Internet of Things (IoT) into the packages of beverages and food in such a model.


How will the smart bottle caps enhance the consumer drinking experience?

We help customers improve their health and wellness by understanding their hydration needs. Let’s say you are used to drink a beverage X that now comes with the Water.IO sensors in the cap. So you download for only the first time an app to your smartphone (we tailor our app to get the look and feel of that company) and after adding basic information for only the first time – like your age, height, weight, the app builds a personalised drinking profile for you. Now, every time you use any of those drinks from company X, the smart cap measures the amount of liquid in the bottle, and when you need to drink more, your bottle starts to blink. If this is a hot day, the algorithm is being updated in the background and you get recommendations to drink more. If you walked a lot outside, again, you get updated alerts, personalised just for you. We also have models of our caps that don’t need the smartphone and can alert the user based on time that has passed from the last time he drank before…

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Maximizing Coffee’s Health Benefits

The Art (and Science) of Maximizing Coffee’s Health Benefits

  | SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2015 



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The health effects of drinking coffee have long been a source of controversy. The controversy has centered on its content of caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems for some people.

However, as mentioned above, a consensus is emerging that coffee has some really great benefits:

  • Coffee might help to prevent the sort of cognitive decline usually associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Researchers discovered that participants who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 65% decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later on in life.
  • Coffee can help people to lose weight, as caffeine is one of the few natural substances with proven fat burning capabilities. Caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%, and increase the burning of fat by as much as 29% in lean people and 10% in those who are obese.
  • According to a Japanese study, men consuming one to two cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by as much as 38%.
  • Drinking two cups of coffee a day has been associated with a 40% lower risk of developing liver cancer.
  • Coffee consumption is linked with a reduced incidence of some types of cancers, including liver and colorectal cancer.
  • Drinking coffee has been found to ease pain in the neck, shoulders, forearms, and wrists experienced by those who work in an office.
  • Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.
  • Coffee might help to prevent depression. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this is so, but they believe that it’s because caffeine activates neurotransmitters in the brain which are responsible for controlling mood. What’s clear is that coffee consumption has been associated with a 50 percent reduction in suicide risk among both men and women.
  • Given that coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases outlined above, it’s not surprising that coffee drinkers tend to live longer overall.

Coffee’s main health giving qualities arise from its antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help us to fight inflammation, an underlying cause of many chronic conditions.

In fact, studies show that most Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from both fruits and vegetables combined (though perhaps this serves best to demonstrate how sad the SAD diet is, rather than coffee’s superstar antioxidant status).

Note that the health benefits apply to instant coffee as well as the good quality stuff.


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If we dive into coffee as soon as our eyelids open, it might not give us the boost in energy we are seeking.

This is because, biologically speaking, our bodies are least in need of coffee in the morning.

As humans we are affected by the 24-hour hormonal cycle called the circadian clock, which controls the release of a hormone called cortisol. This is the hormone which makes us feel alert and awake, and is at peak production in our bodies between 8-9am.

According to ASAP Science, drinking coffee during a peak cortisol period has two unwanted effects for us.

  • Caffeine interferes with the body’s own production of cortisol, which means that the body ends up producing less of it.
  • A person’s tolerance is caffeine is strengthened, which means they’re going to seek it out more and more, but with diminishing ‘return on investment’.

For most people, cortisol levels actually peak at three times during the day: between 8-9 am, 12-1 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm. If someone wants to get the most bang for their buck in terms of caffeine intake, it’s during the slumps of cortisol levels.

The best time to drink coffee, therefore, is between 10-11.30am, and 2-5pm, when your cortisol levels naturally dip. Your body will most need a caffeine hit during these times.

Admittedly, abstaining from coffee until 10am might seem a bit… unnatural.

But think of it like this: the only reason we crave it immediately upon waking is because we’ve effectively trained our bodies to expect a jolt of caffeine first thing in the morning (think Pavlov’s dog). So just quit being a well trained dog and think optimization!

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Vending Machines of the Past

Did you know that vending machines have been around for almost two thousand years? Take a look at what used to be dispensed via this article from Gizmodo below:

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They’d Sell Anything

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Vending machines didn’t always just sling soda and smokes. Did you know the automated peddlers have been around for about two thousand years? In fact, thevery first vending machine was invented by first-century mathematician Hero of Alexandria to dispense holy water using a series of valves, pulleys, and weights. And they’ve been stuffed with just about anything you can imagine since.

It wasn’t until after the Industrial Revolution that vending machines became a normal sight. The first ones, which sold postcards, appeared in London in the 1880s. Then in 1888, they traveled across the Atlantic to New York City, where machines built by Thomas Adams Gum Company peddled chewing gum on subway platforms.

We’ve been buying all kinds of things from machines ever since, from whiskey to hot meals to fruits, and all kinds of foods and oddities in between. Here are some of our favorites.

In 1918, when vending machines were still a recent phenomenon, they dispensed pies. Today’s vending machines should take a hint.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

In that same year, vending machines would give you a manicure.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

This 1953 machine was ancestor to the modern Great Wall Super Buffet.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Image credit: Life

In 2013, you can’t really imagine a hot meal from a vending machine tasting like anything but warm cardboard, but in 1953? Probably still cardboard, according to this hot meal patron’s expression.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Image credit: Life

It’s safe to assume that the reason we don’t see farm fresh eggs straight from the vending machine is that eggs crack.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Image credit: Central Press

The Book-o-Matic is just as good an idea now as it was when it existed in 1949.

9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything

Image credit: Life

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