In space, getting your daily meals is as easy as speaking into a replicator or taking a handful of pills. At least, according to popular depictions of life in the future.
Though we haven’t caught up to Star Trek dinner technology (or thankfully, the simulated solutions in the Matrix), I did recently get a chance to try a futuristic new gadget designed as a creative next step for personal nutrition.
Designed by Harvard engineering professor Dr. David Edwards, AeroLife is a new “air-based smart nutrition system” that delivers powdered supplements and vitamins straight to your body, in just seconds. The sleekly designed system touts a range of performance-enhancing options without sugars or calories — from fast-acting energy boosters, to immunity support, to gentle supplements for better sleep.
How does it work?
Each flavor comes in its own individual plastic pod, about the size of a flash drive. There are several blends available now, with more on the way. For now, we tried:
- AeroLife Energy - A quick wake-up call with 100mg of caffeine and B vitamins, in three fruity flavors
- AeroLife Immunity - A citrusy punch of immunity defense, including Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D
- AeroLife Sleep - A vanilla-scented dose to help you fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed
To use, you simply pull open the mouthpiece, take in the powder, then close the mouthpiece again; each pod contains 3-5 doses and is easy to reuse.
So, is it any good?
Normally, my “nutrition regimen” includes coffee in the morning, herbal tea in the afternoon, and the occasional multivitamin. For a week, I experimented with these three AeroLife blends to see the difference.
The experience of taking an energy shot or blend of flavored vitamins is a little strange; more than once, I likened the experience to using a Pixy Stick Albuterol. The powdered vitamins are instantly swallowed/absorbed upon hitting your tongue.
It probably won’t replace the ritual of my morning latte, but AeroLife Energy is a good option for the afternoon slump. Whenever I found myself dragging at the computer, a dose of Energy kicked in within 3-5 minutes and I found myself feeling alert and focused for more than an hour. When a recent snowstorm started to get the best of me, AeroLife Immunity helped bring me out of a germy funk…and the citrusy flavor wasn’t bad either.
My favorite by far has been Sleep, a subtle vanilla-flavored mixture of melatonin, magnesium, and 5Htp (a natural sleep aid). I tried it three nights in a row, and found myself having restful sleep (albeit some weird zombie apocalypse dreams) and an easier time getting up in the morning.
In terms of flavors, Raspberry, Vanilla and Tropical Citrus were the most palatable, but other flavors tended to feel artificial. If you’re sensitive to Stevia like I am, this may be a bother. Overall, I like the idea of a quick on-the-go boost, but I’d like to see some more subtle flavors in the future. I’m most looking forward to an electrolyte-infused sports blend, currently in prototype mode.
The system has a futuristic feel that may be tough to catch on, but I predict fellow geeks will enjoy the novelty. Interested in trying it yourself? You can order a free trial online, with a $5.99 shipping fee. Start your free trial now, visit AeroLife.com to learn more and watch videos of the system in action.