Vessyl

The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?

Well, soon you'll be able to avoid any embarrassing mix ups, when the Yves Bèhar designed Vessyl launches in early 2015. This modern take on a classic object is actually a 13 ounce (385ml) magic intelligent drinking cup that can recognise any beverage you pour into it. That's right... it actually knows what's inside; coffee, wine, beer, yogurt. Even the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze (according to one lucky journalist who's managed to test it).

 

Not only that but it can accurately discern the amount of sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine in each drink as well as displaying its nutritional content. It also syncs your drinking habits to your smartphone, so that you can set and display goals (lose fat, stay hydrated, sleep better etc.). It can even predict your winning lottery numbers*. Exactly how it does it is a closely guarded secret - 'natch - but apparently it's something to do with having molecular sensors built into its inner walls. Yadda, yadda, yadda... who really cares. It's just cool!.

Vessyl is the brainchild of Justin Lee, a former biomedical computing student at Queen’s University, Ontario who wanted to try something disruptive and so decided to put a computer into one of the most humble, mundane and ubiquitous objects in human history.

It's a wholly impressive grail. He chose wisely...

 

*possibly not true.

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