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Not yet for sale: “Smart” water bottle and no-dials radio cube [Video]


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CambridgeCambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, had several prototype gadgets on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including a real-time hydration alert developed for a new "smart" water bottle and a wi-fi Internet radio that works without knobs, buttons or dials.

Cambridge developed the i-dration bottle for tech-savvy people trying to stay fit. Intelligent sensors in the i-dration bottle can be used to monitor the external temperature, drinking frequency and quantity, and this data is then sent via Bluetooth to its user’s smart phone. In the video below, Rachel Harker, a Cambridge business development manager, gives a demonstration of the i-dration prototype from the CES show floor.

 

As for the Q2 Cube wi-fi Internet radio, Harker demonstrates in the following video how consumers can choose stations by flipping the cube from one of its six sides to another. Volume is controlled by tilting the box forward or backward.

 





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  1. 1. Geoff 5:29 pm 01/14/2011

    Engineers with too much time on their hands — Unless there truly are people who NEED bottles that are smart because they have minds that are supremely not. Personally, I think that type of "end user" is a figment of the engineers’ imaginations – and egos.

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  2. 2. jtdwyer 5:39 pm 01/14/2011

    I have to wonder why people are paying for bottled water anyway: if their local tap water is so poor in quality that it is not drinkable, it should be corrected. Are people also buying bottled water for their cooking needs? How much of bottled water’s success results from brand name recognition as opposed to the actual distinctive characteristics of the water? I understand that much of the bottled water comes from someone’s tap water and that major corporations are working to gain control of large sources of water, since it is expected to be a critical resource in increasing demand.

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  3. 3. Johnay 2:06 pm 01/17/2011

    @Geoff: A lot of the time products like this are more proof-of-concept exercises that are not so practical in themselves but involve developing technologies that will be useful in other applications.

    @jtdwyer: I don’t think anyone mentioned bottled water in the sense of water you buy off the shelf in a bottle. I’m pretty sure a high-tech bottle like this is made to be reused and would probably be sold empty and filled by the consumer. :)

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  4. 4. Grumpyoleman 3:14 pm 01/17/2011

    Although I’m not a fan of throwaway water bottles, I do know why people use them…they are convenient, especially on long trips. As the trip progresses, the bottles are discarded thus reducing weight and clutter. Kinda like going to the moon and returning and leaving your empty vehicle and support junk behind.

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