Simple Wearable Dehydration Monitor Keeps You Healthy

Believe it or not, dehydration can lead to a number of other medical problems, particularly if you happen to be pregnant or elderly. Drinking adequate amounts of clean water helps flush infections and waste from the body, keeps the kidneys functioning normally and even helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Even though the “8 glasses a day” standard is now said to be outdated, most of us still find it difficult to get enough fluids every single day.

The W+Plus system is both a hydration monitor and a reminder system that lets you know when it’s time to take a few more sips. There are two pieces to the system: the ring which goes on your finger and the cube which houses the “brains” of the system and charges the ring. You indicate to the cube which profile fits your situation: senior, child, pregnant or adult. From there, it tells you how hydrated you should be and how often you need to drink.

The user can set the reminder intervals to anywhere between 1.5 and 3 hours, and if you choose to ignore the reminders the ring will do its best to annoy you into taking a drink of water. It will flash messages about your health and your decreasing hydration level until you reach for that bottle of Evian.

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See more in Home & Personal or under Gadgets. September, 2011.