A Israeli startup company, The Right Cup, has developed a fruit-scented cup that tricks the brain into thinking it is drinking juice instead of plain water.
“Our unique design positions your nose right over the opening, so your nose fully picks up the fruit aroma while your tongue flirts with a hint of sweet taste,” a company promotion said.
The Right Cup recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that sought to raise US$50,000. However, as of Dec. 1 they have raised nearly US$109,000.
Co-founder and CEO of The Right Cup, Isaac Lavi, said he was inspired to create the product after being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 30.
“My doctors advised me to stay away from sugary beverages and to drink only plain water. This was very hard because I hated the taste, or actually the lack of taste,” Lavi told Mashable.
The company sees the cup as a simple alternative to get people to drink less sugary beverages like soda and juice, which experts point to as a significant cause of rising diabetes and obesity levels. They also hope that it can help increase water intake and reduce plastic bottle waste as well.
The scented cup will initially come in four flavours – mixed berry, orange, apple and lemon-lime – and will retail for US$35 sometime next year.