PHOTO: The Hidrate Spark smart water bottle features an interior sensor that records daily water intake and syncs to a mobile app via Bluetooth. Hidrate Spark uses Tritan for its superior strength and mouldability
GLOBAL specialty plastics provider Eastman has launched three groundbreaking product developments marking the milestone 10th anniversary of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester.
The clear, tough, chemical-resistant polymer can be found in products made by companies such as Newell, Nalgene, CamelBak and NuGlass. Recent innovations in smart technology are emerging to position Tritan as the right plastic for applications in digital agriculture with Arable Labs, which uses Tritan in its solar-powered smart device to monitor crops and weather. Tritan is also a key component in the SproutsIO smart microgarden and Hidrate Spark smart water bottles that track water intake and integrate with fitness trackers like Fitbit, Apple Watch and Google Fit. Tritan has inherent properties that make it the ideal material for an increasing number of products in the Internet of Things (IoT).
“We couldn’t have made this product without Eastman,” said Adam Wolf, founder and CEO of Arable Labs Inc “Eastman tech experts worked side by side with us at our facility in Shenzhen, China, to develop the process for our cosmetically beautiful, chemical-resistant device. Now we’re in 16 countries on six continents monitoring 20 different types of crops.”
Bringing agriculture indoors, the SproutsIO smart microgarden is a modular, scalable gardening system that learns and grows with its users. The SproutsIO system integrates the soil-free device, sIO subscription-based seed renewables, and SproutsIOGrow software services. SproutsIO uses wavelength-tuned LED lighting and environmental sensors with Wi-Fi connectivity. The SproutsIO device is made of BPA-free Tritan material, offering home cooks and professional chefs the opportunity to cultivate fresh produce in their kitchens.
Hidrate Spark features an interior sensor that records daily water intake and syncs to a mobile app via Bluetooth to display user data. The sensor automatically tracks water consumption and provides customised hydration goals. The Hidrate Spark bottle uses Tritan for its superior strength and mouldability.
Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is a powerful tool for enhancing existing products or creating dramatic new solutions, offering high performance properties such as clarity, colorability, durability, ease of processing, and heat and chemical resistance.
Over the past decade, Tritan has become the material of choice for applications across markets from housewares, small appliances, medical packaging and devices to reusable water bottles, dual-wall tumblers, and beverageware. Now Tritan is leading the “smart product” revolution with IoT applications in markets like agriculture, fitness and hospitality.