We have smart phones, smart tv’s, smart watches, heck we’ve even got smart cars. It was only a matter of time before we got smart water bottles.
It’s called Smart Cap technology from Gatorade, and it works with a band-aid like patch that has a chip in it. The chip collects information on the athlete’s hydration levels and their electrolytes, among other things. The cap on the water bottle keeps track of how much water (or Gatorade) the athlete is drinking. All of this info is sent to the coaches on the team who then monitor the hydration levels of their players, and make decisions on playing time or whatever else they may want to do with this info. Gatorade also couples the systems with pods that have concentrated amounts of their sports drink, but specifically designed to aid in a deficient area; for example if you notice one of your players electrolyte levels are low then you can give them a pod that boosts electrolytes, or perhaps they need some more calories, well there is a pod for that too.
I understand in sports that the smallest thing can make a difference, so if this helps athletes get a higher level of performance, that’s awesome. To me it feels a little like just a cool water bottle that I probably don’t need but I think is awesome anyways.