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updated 10:37 pm EDT, Mon October 14, 2013

BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app

BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.

Powered by a USB-rechargeable battery that lasts 7-10 days depending on use, the smart water bottle also includes lights for notifications, a small speaker, and a configurable button on its cap that can count laps, track reps, or other countable fitness activity. The BluFit app is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and is designed to help users achieve their health and fitness goals beyond water consumption, as well as charting data obtained from BluFit bottle usage.

While still in a tentative fundraising stage, the makers of BluFit have currently raised over $55,000 in pledges -- one third of the campaign's goal -- with 23 days left in the campaign. Consumers can make a pledge to pre-order on BluFit starting at $60, and can opt to pledge more to obtain additional "perks." BluFit has estimated product delivery to be approximately March 2014.

Anker's 2nd Generation Astro external battery identifies charging device

Anker introduced today its latest portable external battery, the 2nd Generation Astro. Designed to charge smartphones and tablets, the Astro has a 6000mAh capacity for backup charging. Accompanied by a USB cord and accessory bag, the Astro is activated by a shaking motion once connected to a device. The 2nd Generation Astro is intended to be able to charge a smartphone three to four times on one of its own charge cycles. Available in black for $35, it can be purchased on Amazon.

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