HYDRA— A Water Bottle That Can Rock Your WorldBy John Davis - September 1, 2015
What used to be a single-functional, boring, water bottle was reinvented with a higher purpose. A Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaign was launched to crowdfund a smart water bottle that can hold 12oz of water. It is called Hydra. Its purpose: To bring light and music to your life in a water bottle, quite literally.
Play Rockin’ Music
You need water to keep yourself hydrated while walking, cycling, or doing fun outdoor activities. However, you’ll need music to keep yourself focused, energized, and feeling good. Combine them and you’ll get Hydra.
Hydra has a detachable, water-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker. It can connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth device to let you enjoy your favorite music, podcasts, or Audible books while enjoying outdoor activities. Want better sound coming out of your Hydra? Detach the speaker, flip it, extend its rubber legs, and set it on any flat surface. High pitched sounds that are bounced off from a flat surface have increased volume while the bass is increased with the help of the rubber legs.
Hydra’s speaker is built with safety in mind. Think about it… Earphones block off your connection to the world around you—not safe when cycling or walking. On the other hand, Hydra’s 3-watt speaker is powerful enough to play music in loud surroundings while letting you keep an aural connection to potential dangers.
A microphone was also added to the speaker for hands-free phone calls.
The speakerphone is charged using a micro-USB connection. If your device doesn’t support Bluetooth, don’t worry. You can use a mini-jack instead.
Light Up Your Day
At the bottom of the water bottle are LEDs. Hydra helps whether you need something to light your way, a safety light to let others know of your presence, or set the mood for an outdoor party.
Set it on top of a picnic table, inside your tent, or hold it up like a mining lamp and turn on the white LED light to use it to light up your surroundings. You can also turn on the flashing red light which is awesome for nighttime rides. Or, you can shine rainbow style with the multi-color mode.
Hyra has a genius design considering that water refracts light. The more water you have in your water bottle, the brighter your light.
Power Your Way All Through The Day and Night
From where I sit, there are multiple fun features that make Hydra useful beyond holding water.
1. It’s a charger. After hours of playing music, your phone’s battery will drain. Hydra is to the rescue. Hydra is a 4,000 mAh power bank that can juice up an average smartphone twice. It’s not hydroelectric, but I can deal with that. Can’t you? The power bank is in the detachable base of Hydra. It is charged using the same microUSB cable used to charge the speaker. And it charges any device so long as you have a USB connector wire. (USB on one end) You can even use the power bank to charge the speaker.
2. It’s a safe. The detachable bottom part of the bottle has a hollow space so when you detach it from the water bottle, you can stash away cash, cards, or car keys for added security and convenience. It is the perfect hiding place for valuables.
3. It’s white noise. There is still one feature you can unlock by downloading Hydra’s companion app (soon to be released ) – bringing the outside in. The app includes 8 natures sounds including: Summer Rain, Ocean Surf, City Traffic, Thunderstorm, Cricket Song, Beach Fireside, Morning Birds, and Floor Clock. Set Hydra on your bedside table and activate the app to play soothing sounds using Hydra’s speaker while the LEDs cycle through multiple colors.
Hydra’s Price Is Right
Let’s play a little game of ‘The Price Is Right!. Can you guess how much Hydra costs?
Let me help you out. A bicycle safety lamp costs around $30. A Bluetooth speaker costs around $50. A 4000mAh power bank costs around $40. And a standard water bottle costs $10. That sums up to $130. Any idea of Hydra’s price yet?
You can preorder a Hydra Smart Bottle for $30+ shipping fee from IndieGoGo. After the campaign, Hydra’s creators estimate an increase to around $40 or $50. That is ridiculously inexpensive considering all the features it has.
There’s just one problem…Hydra is still a concept. It has a genius design. It’s compact and useful but will the team deliver on a product that functions as promised? That remains to be seen. We’ll see how it really does once the first batch of Hydras are delivered on November. If you are willing to take a leap of faith, you can select the right early bird perk for your budget from their IndieGoGo or Kickstarter campaign. Hydra comes in 4 colors: red, gray, blue, and matte black.
Sorry Captain America, but… hail Hydra!
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