Multicolored glowing gadget spits out personalized nutritional supplements
FitNatic's Indiegogo campaign says the Nourish, a tabletop nutrition device, can customize the mixes you need based on your Fitbit, Apple Watch or other health data source. And its pods glow.
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Unless you're an expert nutritionist, you probably struggle to know what, if any, supplements you should be taking to achieve optimal health. It doesn't help that retailers like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe carry thousands of products to treat a laundry list of potential health concerns, making it pretty tough to figure out exactly what might work for you.
One startup, FitNatic, is trying to make personal nutrition easier with the Nourish, a tabletop gadget that creates supplement mixes supposedly tailored to a user's nutritional needs. It accomplishes this by hooking into various health and fitness apps and wearables and somehow using the health data generated by such devices to determine what supplements your body might need.
Nourish currently supports the Fitbit, Jawbone Up, Apple Watch and Garmin wearables, and the Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt and MapMyFitness apps.
The Nourish itself is a large, sleek-looking cube with a 15-inch HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass. The screen mechanically slides upward when your supplement blend is ready. Nourish can hold up to 16 supplements at the top of the device in RFID-enabled containers called Seeds, and these supplements are mixed into a Pod that you squeeze to drop them into a bottle of water or other beverage.
The device and connected app will let you know when you're running low on a particular supplement and, if you'd like, you can set up automatic home delivery that orders new Seeds sent to your home. The 16 housings for the Seeds each glow a particular color based on the type of supplement in the Seed, which is pretty cool, I guess.
The Seeds are sold only by Nourish and will set you back about $100 per month, which, if similar pod systems from coffee companies like Keurig and Nespresso are any indication, is likely a bit more than it'd cost to buy the supplements from a local health store.
Those interested in the Nourish can back the project on Indiegogo, though the usual caveats about crowdfunding campaigns apply. The standalone Nourish device with a one-month supply of supplements will set you back $299 (about £190, AU $410) plus $39 for domestic shipping ($79, or about £50, AU $110 for international shipping), and higher-level tiers give backers additional months of Seed supply.
All you health nuts out there can learn more about the product on the Nourish Indiegogo page and by watching the company's promo video above.
If it works as advertised, the Nourish could help you stay on top of your supplement regimen. If not, at least you'll have a fancy-looking glowing cube taking up tons of space on your kitchen counter.