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Solar-powered, hydration-coaching water bottle donates to charity as you sip

Hydrade connects with your phone via Bluetooth
Hydrade connects with your phone via Bluetooth
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Hydrade comes in a range of colors, including marble and wood effects and brushed steel
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Hydrade comes in a range of colors, including marble and wood effects and brushed steel
Hydrade: the double-wall, insulated smart water bottle
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Hydrade: the double-wall, insulated smart water bottle
Hydrade: the double-wall, insulated smart water bottle
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Hydrade: the double-wall, insulated smart water bottle
Hydrade connects with smart devices, including the Apple Watch, over Bluetooth
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Hydrade connects with smart devices, including the Apple Watch, over Bluetooth
Even ambient light-sources can charge the Hydrade -smart water bottle
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Even ambient light-sources can charge the Hydrade -smart water bottle
Hydrade is smart enough to know when it's you drinking the water, and when you're pouring it out (or giving the dog a drink)
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Hydrade is smart enough to know when it's you drinking the water, and when you're pouring it out (or giving the dog a drink)
Hydrade: connects with smart devices, including the Apple Watch, over Bluetooth
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Hydrade: connects with smart devices, including the Apple Watch, over Bluetooth
Hydrade report via Apple Watch
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Hydrade report via Apple Watch
Hydrade connects with your phone via Bluetooth
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Hydrade connects with your phone via Bluetooth

The marketplace is pretty well served when it comes to clever hydration systems, such as H2OPal, Sippo, Hidrate the Thermos Smart Lid and more. Many of them have some form of hydration reporting system going on, usually linking to your smartphone. With this in mind, any new player in the space needs to step things up a notch, and that's what Seattle-based Bazaarian believes it's done with the Hydrade smart bottle.

Launched on Kickstarter with a May 6 deadline, the Hydrade has already smashed its US$50,000 funding goal by $37,000.

The 700-ml (24 fl oz) stainless steel, solar-powered, double-walled, 100 percent recycled bottle links to your smartphone, Apple Watch and even your FitBit via Bluetooth to tally your drinking and send you alerts to remind you to stay hydrated. So far so good. This is pretty much what most of the other smart bottles do too.

Hydrade comes in a range of colors, including marble and wood effects and brushed steel
Hydrade comes in a range of colors, including marble and wood effects and brushed steel

Bazaarian also claims that the bottle will keep your drink ice-cold for 22 hours, and hot for up to 13. The Hydrade stands out from the rest though – for now – with three unique features. It's completely solar powered, it knows when your drinking (and not just tipping the water out) and every ounce you drink donates that same amount of clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

The self-contained solar-power system means there's no charging port on the bottle, which also means the Hydrade can truly go anywhere, including into the water. To fully charge the battery though, the bottle will need to stay in the sun for around 20 hours in total, but a full charge will last for 20 days of use.

The monitoring system takes things a step further as well. Like other smart bottles, your water consumption is reported back to your smartphone, which then provides feedback, stats and coaching, but the Hydrade employs its own unique Behavioral Measuring Tech. This specialized sensor can tell if you're really drinking the water or pouring it down the sink (or giving Fido a drink on your walk).

Hydrade is smart enough to know when it's you drinking the water, and when you're pouring it out (or giving the dog a drink)
Hydrade is smart enough to know when it's you drinking the water, and when you're pouring it out (or giving the dog a drink)

Perhaps the most compelling feature for the socially-minded among us, is going to be the partnership with Charity: water. For every ounce of water you drink from your Hydrade, that same amount of water will be donated to people in need of safe drinking water in 27 countries around the globe.

Kickstarter pledges for a Hydrade smart bottle start at $35, representing quite a saving on the expected retail price of $75. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in November. The video below has more.

Sources: Hydrade, Kickstarter

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