Skip to main content

LifeFuels launches its unconventional, long-awaited smart nutrition bottle

After five years of development and several teasing demos at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the developers of a complex but innovative bottle that fills you up with flavorful drinks while also pumping you up with nutrients have finally launched the long-awaited product.

The Reston, Virginia-based LifeFuels officially announced on Monday, September 16, that its eponymous device — billed as the world’s first smart nutrition bottle —  is officially available, and orders will begin shipping immediately to backers who pre-ordered. The first one available is pretty basic; it will be available only in black, and includes a starter pack that contains three of the developers’ “FuelPods.” Shipping is free. No word yet as to how much the LifeFuels bottle will cost traditional retail customers, but pre-orders are still currently being advertised on the company’s promotional site for $180.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Basically, the Lifefuel bottle turns ordinary water into something resembling a product like Vitamin Water or Gatorade, but in a delivery device that is much more rugged and delivers flavored water for longer than any competing product so far. The bottle holds three FuelPods at a time, and each recyclable pod dispenses up to 30 drinks.

This is LifeFuels

The company has also done its best to be creative with the flavors that FuelPods deliver, which includes blackberry acai, peach, kiwi strawberry lemonade, and white grapefruit citrus, among others. Each set of FuelPods has been specifically formulated to serve different needs, including boosting energy, replacing electrolytes, and promoting general wellness.

It’s a pretty clever product in its own right, but the team at LifeFuels have gone out of its way to make it smart for users. The LifeFuels app, which can check on your LifeFuels bottle’s status; track water consumption, nutrients, and hydration progress over time; and set goals, with a resulting analysis to view your performance. It’s a pretty neat trick, but for professional athletes and others whose performance requires constant hydration, it could be a real game-changer.

The company has gotten a whole bunch of attention both from the tech sector and the beverage industry, especially after winning the Innovation Award in Sports, Fitness, and Biotech at CES in 2018. At the same show, the LifeFuels team connected with top executives from the massive beverage company Keurig Dr. Pepper (KDP), the manufacturer of the Keurig single-serving coffee machines as well as Dr. Pepper products, a company that was swallowed up by Keurig in 2018 for more than $18 million.

LifeFuels now has an official partnership with KDP, which contributed to the company’s Series A round of funding that closed just before this year’s CES event.

“LifeFuels has created a leading edge, technology-forward drink system that meets an important on-the-go consumer need — staying on track with hydration and nutritional goals,” KDP CEO Bob Gamgort said in a release earlier this year. “We’re excited to partner with them on their growth plans for 2019 and beyond.”

Editors' Recommendations

Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore’s interest in technology is deeply rooted in the work of writers like Warren Ellis, Cory Doctorow and Neal…
At Amazon’s annual device event, AI was everywhere — and nowhere
Amazon's Dave Limp at the 2023 device and services event at Amazon HQ in Arlington, Va.

Amazon's Dave Limp at the 2023 Device and Services event at Amazon headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

One of the major narratives going into Amazon’s Device and Services event — something you'd read leading up to the event, and something I even heard as we waited in line to get in — was, of course, artificial intelligence. Would AI make its way into Alexa and Amazon at large?

Read more
Hurry — Dyson V15 Detect Extra cordless vacuum is $150 off
The Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum with its laser.

Dyson deals are always in high demand, especially for the brand's cordless vacuums, so you're going to want to take advantage of this offer from Best Buy -- a $150 discount for the Dyson V15 Detect Extra, bringing its price down to $650 from $800. There are still a few days left before the bargain expires, but we're not sure if stocks will last that long, so if you're interested, don't hesitate with your purchase. You're going to miss out on the savings if you take too much time to think about it.

Why you should buy the Dyson V15 Detect Extra cordless vacuum
Dyson's devices always have a spot among the best cordless vacuums, and that trend continues with the Dyson V15 Detect Extra. It's equipped with Dyson's Hyperdymium motor, which can spin at up to 125,000 rpm for powerful suction that can pick up all kinds of dirt and debris, while also featuring advanced whole-machine filtration that can trap most particles so that it will release cleaner air into your home.

Read more
The best robot vacuums for 2023
A robot vacuum by Eufy that offers home mapping and 2,000 Pa suction.

Robot vacuums are the perfect way to automate your floor-cleaning needs. Not only do the best robot vacuums pick up dust and debris littering your home, but many also function as mops -- allowing them to clean all types of surfaces without any manual input.

Depending on your budget, you’ll also benefit from charging stations that can hold several weeks of dust before needing to be emptied, automatic water changes for mops, and self-cleaning functionality. The best robot vacuums make it easy to forget they exist. After letting them map your home, they’ll be able to go weeks without any manual input. And whether you’re living in a massive house or tiny studio, they’re a great way to free up your schedule.

Read more