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2014-06-13 04:39:31 PM  
It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.
 
2014-06-13 04:50:36 PM  
There are definitely times I miss doing the podcast I used to co-host. We usually had no trouble getting evaluation copies of applications and often could get hardware to review and report on, and this would be a prime case of something that would have been quite interesting to test and review. Can't see myself ever paying money for it- but it's certainly cool.
 
2014-06-13 04:56:12 PM  
Were the startup owners 2 Girls?
 
2014-06-13 05:34:57 PM  

Gig103: I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.


The label might say 'Coke', but only this device will tell you whether or not someone has played a joke.
 
2014-06-13 05:46:55 PM  
7 years of hard work making it irresistible to hipsters.
 
2014-06-13 05:49:17 PM  

lindalouwho: Were the startup owners 2 Girls?

 
2014-06-13 05:50:31 PM  
Can it tell the difference between well and premium? If not, it's useless.
 
2014-06-13 05:51:29 PM  
The spelling of the product's name makes me think they should get Walter Koenig to do some viral marketing for this.
 
2014-06-13 05:52:47 PM  
Crap, there goes my "You just drank a glass of horse semen" prank.
 
2014-06-13 05:53:31 PM  
That actually sounds pretty cool. Not cool enough to buy a goddamn cup for $100 or more, but cool anyway.
 
2014-06-13 05:53:33 PM  
I'd love to see an in-depth review, preferably by somebody with real technical chops and the ability to do a teardown.

Worth every penny if it can distinguish between decaf/half caf/high test.
 
2014-06-13 05:54:06 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Gig103: I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.

The label might say 'Coke', but only this device will tell you whether or not someone has played a joke.


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2014-06-13 05:55:06 PM  
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Mouse in a bottle...eh! Free Beer!
 
2014-06-13 05:55:14 PM  
I guess I'll have to throw out these roofies.
 
2014-06-13 05:58:59 PM  
It might work.

If you're stupid enough to pay $199 for a cup,

you're probably too stupid to know what you're drinking out of it.

/No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American consumer.
 
2014-06-13 05:59:42 PM  
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
 
2014-06-13 06:00:36 PM  

Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.


Well it might help the diabetic from consuming the wrong fountain drink because a minimum wage worker didn't care enough to connect the right syrup bag to the right tap.   Coke/ Diet Coke, it's all good.
 
2014-06-13 06:04:36 PM  
What if you pee in it?
 
2014-06-13 06:05:22 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.

Well it might help the diabetic from consuming the wrong fountain drink because a minimum wage worker didn't care enough to connect the right syrup bag to the right tap.   Coke/ Diet Coke, it's all good.


If you raise the minimum wage they won't make mistakes anymore.
 
2014-06-13 06:05:52 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.

Well it might help the diabetic from consuming the wrong fountain drink because a minimum wage worker didn't care enough to connect the right syrup bag to the right tap.   Coke/ Diet Coke, it's all good.


You can taste the difference and a sip won't send you into a coma.
 
2014-06-13 06:06:50 PM  
Can it tell you if your drink has been tampered with. Ruffies, poison, alcohol?

How about the proof of a mixed drink?

What if you filled it with gasoline?

Really thought it was going to be more of a take this to that frat party, so no one tampers with your beverage.

Does it keep a running total of what the owner has drank. Can I hack into them at the bar to see what ladies I might have a shot with? Or do I just keep looking for the unconscious ones?
 
2014-06-13 06:15:33 PM  
If it can't detect gluten, it's utterly useless.
 
2014-06-13 06:16:21 PM  
I mean, if it does a significantly better job at protecting athlete's testes then I could see... Oh. That kind of cup. The kind that if people are paying $200 for I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
 
2014-06-13 06:16:48 PM  

JoieD'Zen: If you raise the minimum wage they won't make mistakes anymore.


Oh, they might, but at least there would be a better chance that they care.
 
2014-06-13 06:17:15 PM  

Bareefer Obonghit: I mean, if it does a significantly better job at protecting athlete's testes then I could see... Oh. That kind of cup. The kind that if people are paying $200 for I don't want to live on this planet anymore.


Athletes' testes*

/I just like the word testes
 
2014-06-13 06:21:46 PM  

Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.


They should have made this a medical device. Pee in the cup and it analyzes you.
 
2014-06-13 06:22:43 PM  
Yeah, about the only use for this is to detect if you drink has been drugged or poisoned... Otherwise, how often do you pour an unknown liquid into your cup and require technology to identify it for you?
 
2014-06-13 06:25:26 PM  
You guys are morons. How can you not think this is cool? The only other device I've ever heard being able to do this was on Star Trek The Next Generation. Data could analyze the contents of a cocktail.

(Further proof star wars sucks.)
 
2014-06-13 06:26:52 PM  

Colin O'Scopy: You guys are morons. How can you not think this is cool?


First I would have to be convinced that it was real.
 
2014-06-13 06:35:30 PM  

Ivo Shandor: The label might say 'Coke', but only this device will tell you whether or not someone has played a joke.


LOL
 
2014-06-13 06:52:25 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Gig103: I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.

The label might say 'Coke', but only this device will tell you whether or not someone has played a joke.


That'll only work down south.  Elsewhere we call it by it's proper name of soda
 
2014-06-13 06:55:25 PM  
"It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming."   -Mildly interesting, I guess.

"this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze"   -Meh.

"The point isn't to remind forgetful people what they're about to sip: As a "smart cup," Vessyl measures sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine, and tracks hydration"  -Yup, we're de-evolving as a species.

"It can even correctly calculate the caffeine difference in strong coffee versus weak"  -SHUT UP AND  TAKE MY MONEY!

/farking coffee is so damn unpredictable
 
2014-06-13 06:57:49 PM  
I see this a a good first step or proof of concept for their 'analyzing chip/sensor'... now imagine something like this could be implanted into a human and could accurately analyze everything you consume... keep records automatically, coordinate with your fitbit/activity monitor... accumulate long term information for analysis...

someone mentioned diabetics (specifically type 1) who now have to estimate carbs as well as proteins and fats (as they affect the absorption rate of the carbs... and thus affect insulin pump settings and boluses...)  tie this into an insulin pump for a 'real' bionic pancreas... wow... this could be life changing... being able to just live life without calculating and punching in estimates for everything you consume.
 
2014-06-13 06:59:39 PM  
I want one with a built-in breathalyzer, maybe with green/amber/red lights, in case I'm too sloshed to read.
 
2014-06-13 07:10:05 PM  

buckler: If it can't detect gluten, it's utterly useless.


Gluten: the new Al Qaeda.
 
2014-06-13 07:11:26 PM  

Ashyukun: There are definitely times I miss doing the podcast I used to co-host. We usually had no trouble getting evaluation copies of applications and often could get hardware to review and report on, and this would be a prime case of something that would have been quite interesting to test and review. Can't see myself ever paying money for it- but it's certainly cool.


And so your podcasts were bascially commercials.  Yeah, it's cool that they sent you their product in the expectation that you would mention it.  Free ipod?  What an awesome product.  Did I mention it was free?  It might cost you $500 though.

I have no idea why I would even want the product advertised in the video though.  I guess it's interesting, but who the hell cares?
 
2014-06-13 07:15:25 PM  

Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.


Next, at 11, Ric Romero explains that not all drinks come with labels.

FTFA: As a "smart cup," Vessyl measures sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine, and tracks hydration. (It can even correctly calculate the caffeine difference in strong coffee versus weak, or crunch the nutrition in a homemade smoothie.)

Now, I wouldn't buy this, but I can see why some super-health-conscious people would.
 
2014-06-13 07:17:22 PM  
But as Valleywag notes, it's not so much a cup as "a 13-ounce, Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone-syncing, battery-powered supercup."

It's not monkey-navigated? fark it, then. *upends table*
 
2014-06-13 07:24:59 PM  
... and the cup says, "Your car needs an oil change, your wife has the clap, your daughter is pregnant, and if you don't quit jerking off you'll never get rid of that tennis elbow."


/try the veal
 
2014-06-13 07:32:47 PM  

FuzedBox: "It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming."   -Mildly interesting, I guess.

"this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze"   -Meh.

"The point isn't to remind forgetful people what they're about to sip: As a "smart cup," Vessyl measures sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine, and tracks hydration"  -Yup, we're de-evolving as a species.

"It can even correctly calculate the caffeine difference in strong coffee versus weak"  -SHUT UP AND  TAKE MY MONEY!

/farking coffee is so damn unpredictable


Coffee for me is quite predictable: Pour 4 cups hot water and a little over 1 cup medium grind coffee into the french press, stir, wait 2 minutes, stir, wait 2 minutes, stir and press. Pour out a little under 16oz, add vanilla and a bit of brown sugar, await cooling.

If that doesn't wake you right up and send you straight to bullet-time, call the coroner because you're dead. Same concentration but cold water, steeped all night, plus some vanilla creamer, cinnamon and cardamom equals rocking awesome thai iced the next day.

It's true one must be wary when buying coffee though. I once bought a cold-brew from a campus cafe (bearing in mind that my beliefs are rather Turkish: It should be black as night, strong as death and sweet as love) and was rather shocked that I could see all the way through it.
 
2014-06-13 07:33:47 PM  
Now.. if they could pivot and develop a plate that would tell you exactly how many calories you're about to consume then that would be a winner IMHO
 
2014-06-13 07:36:51 PM  
I'd buy it just to know how much caffeine was in each cup of tea I made.  Can it really do that?  How the hell did they manage to find a device that can measure the amount of caffeine in a liquid, and put that in the size of a cup?  I thought that requires something super sciencey sounding like gas spectrum chromatography or something.
 
2014-06-13 07:38:55 PM  
Sorry, I'm waiting for Glazz.
 
2014-06-13 07:40:08 PM  

Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.



whiskey -----------------
water     -----------------------------------
urine      ---
grain     ----------
rohypnol ---------------
fruit fly   --
 
2014-06-13 07:43:31 PM  
That actually sounds cool but I bet the sensor(s) will fail within a short period of time for many people. This is part of the reason why we don't have tricorders yet
 
2014-06-13 07:45:12 PM  
Seven years to develop something no one needs or will buy. Sheer genius!!!!
 
2014-06-13 07:47:04 PM  

BlackMtnMan: Seven years to develop something no one needs or will buy. Sheer genius!!!!


That, or when we manage to do interesting stuff that isn't hog tied to bank notes, we'll get a lot more genius coming down the pike.
 
2014-06-13 08:10:49 PM  

El Dudereno: buckler: If it can't detect gluten, it's utterly useless.

Gluten: the new Al Qaeda.



A SECOND SANDWICH HAS HIT THE SMALL INTESTINE!
 
2014-06-13 08:14:55 PM  
Newser is a fake news site.
 
2014-06-13 08:22:36 PM  

Gig103: It works like this: Fill the Vessyl, which looks something like a Thermos, with any beverage and the cup's display will tell you, very specifically, what you're consuming


I hope this is just a neat proof of concept for what could be forensic or laboratory equipment. Because the label on the container I'm pouring from already does this.


You won today's internet.
 
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