Gatorade’s smart water bottle uses sweatiness to gauge when you need to hydrate

Gatorade has created a smart water bottle to help you determine and maintain your baseline hydration level and monitor your post-workout recovery. An LED ring running around the cap of the Smart Gx bottle should allow you to monitor your daily hydration and gently encourage you to drink more when needed. You can charge the bottle with a USB cable. A Gatorade spokesperson told Engadget the bottle is dishwasher safe, but the lid is not.

Of course, your hydration levels can be tracked via Gatorade’s iOS-only Gx app, which includes nutrition and exercise programs as well as recovery recommendations. What happens when you drink water from another source, and how the app tracks that, Gatorade says it’s “on the roadmap for launch.”

A person holds the Gatorade Smart Gx Bottle, which has a lid with lights around the rim. In the other hand they hold a smartphone showing the Gx app with the text “Smart Gx Bottle”.


Meanwhile, Gatorade’s Sweat Patch, which the company debuted last year, is a wearable, disposable device that can help you create an in-app “sweat profile” and track your sweat. You must use the Sweat Patch to get a hydration report for the Smart Gx Bottle. Alternatively, you can weigh yourself before and after your workout.

To that end, Gatorade sells pods that can be mixed with water to replenish electrolytes and carbs. They are compatible with the Smart Gx Bottle and the regular Gx Bottle, both of which have a piercing mechanism for the capsules. Additionally, the company offers gummies which it claims can aid in recovery and boost your immune system.

Smart water bottles that can track liquid levels have been around for years, but Gatorade is stepping into the space as a well-known brand. People might be more inclined to try one from a company whose products they’ve used for years than one that started as a crowdfunding project.

Engadget Assistant Editor Cherlynn Low took a look at the Smart Gx Bottle with pre-release software. We’ll have to test it a little longer to see how effective it is at tracking fluid balance. In terms of squeezability, it is similar to Gatorade’s other bottles. However, Cherlynn found that the cap is leaking, which doesn’t look great. And in case you’re wondering, Cherlynn says the recovery gummies taste better than expected.

The Smart Gx Bottle is available from today on the Gatorade website. It costs $70. Gatorade throws in a sweat patch and a four-capsule pack of your choice at no extra cost. In case you are interested in the gummies, they are $26 for a batch or $46.80 for a bundle.

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