Ozmo Helps You Stay Hydrated And Track Caffeine IntakeBy John Davis - August 18, 2016
Are you too busy to remember when to take a sip of water? Or are you not motivated enough to drink enough water during the day? Ozmo Active Smart Cup, a smart water bottle, could be for you. But with other smart water bottles/cups already saturating the market, I can’t help but ask if there’s still a need for Ozmo. We’ll see.
The Ozmo Active is a $79 smart cup that can hold 16oz of cold (not below 41°F) and warm beverages (not over 176°F). And sad face, you can’t place it inside a freezer or a microwave. Dishwasher? Nope. So here we have a water bottle that is almost $100 that you must hand wash. Interested?
With Ozmo, your drink is safely sealed thanks to a spill-proof lid. The inner part of the cup is made of Tritan BPA-free plastic so it’s safe to drink from. The outside body is made of durable ABS plastic.
On the side of the cup are 3 indicator LEDs used to tell you how much water you’ve drank during the day and when the battery is fully charged. There is also a rubber lid on the side concealing the USB port (for charging) and a Reset button. Ozmo uses a battery to do its job. It takes about an hour to fill its battery up and it takes about 3 weeks to drain.
Keeping You Hydrated
So how does Ozmo help keep you hydrated? The cup has sensors that detect the water level inside the cup, and like other smart bottles/cups, the data is synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth. But that’s not the end of the story. Instead of setting the same hydration goal for every human (e.g. 8 cups of water a day), Ozmo determines how much water you need. The first time you sync it with your smartphone, the Ozmo app will ask about your body weight, height, and activity level. It then comes up with the amount of water you should drink every day. Not only that, it also tells you how many cups of coffee you are allowed to drink per day.
After coming up with the magic numbers, Ozmo begins tracking your daily water intake. Take note that it only tracks the water you drink when the lid is tightly closed, so don’t take the lid off before taking a sip. Also, small sips may not be counted, so take a big gulp buddy!
To help you track your caffeine intake, Ozmo has a special sensor that can tell whether the cup is holding water or coffee. However, Ozmo admits the sensor may be inaccurate at times and may mistake water for coffee and vice versa. It also can’t sense other beverages like soda or tea.
Your progress is tracked using the smartphone app. It displays how many ounces of water and coffee you’ve had in a day, and how many more you have to drink. Aside from that, it uses the LED lights on the side of the cup. If the lowest LED light is blinking on its own, it means you’ve already consumed at least 20% of your recommended daily water intake. If the second LED light is blinking on its own, it means 50%. If the third LED light is blinking on its own, that’s 90%. If all of them are blinking, that means you’ve reached your goal. Congratulations!
The LED lights, along with vibrations, can also indicate other things. If the second LED light is on and the cup vibrates 3 times, that means the lid is not properly sealed. If the cup vibrates 6 times, that means you haven’t you’ve been slacking over the past hour, so drink up! When plugging in the USB charger, the bottle should vibrate twice. Once the battery is full, all LED lights will turn on.
Should You Buy It?
It’s a little hard to recommend Ozmo. It’s good, it’s simple, but I also think it’s overpriced. To put things into perspective, another smart bottle called Spritz costs the same, $79. But aside from its hydration feature, it also has a studio-grade speaker you can use to listen to music. Sure, Ozmo senses water from coffee, but why didn’t they just use a toggle switch – toggle up for water, down for coffee? Overall, if you have $80 to blow, this is certainly an option. You can learn more about Ozmo at ozmo.io.
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