The implications of this technology are huge, especially for regions of extreme poverty where people do not have easy access to clean drinking water.
It’s a self-filling water bottle that actually turns air into drinkable water by using the condensation of the humidity which is contained in the air.
It was designed by Kristof Retezar, a designer based in Vienna, whose intention was to provide more than one billion people around the world, in water-scarce areas, with clean drinking water.
It’s called Fontus, and it works by using the simple principle of condensation. Basically, when humid air flows into the contraption, it hits a series of hydrophobic ‘teeth’ which help turn the water vapor into actual water droplets. What’s even better is that it’s completely solar powered, and has a device attached to it that helps keep bugs and dust out. Unfortunately, at this time it cannot filter out potentially harmful contaminants.
Retezar told Live Science that “the water you get is clean, unless the air is really contaminated. We’re thinking about making a bottle that also has a carbon filter, and this one would be for cities or areas where you might think the air is contaminated. But originally, this water bottle was thought to be used in nature, and places where you wouldn’t have contaminated air.”
It can provide half a litre in just one hour when exposed to temperatures between 86 degrees and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with approximately 80-90 percent humidity.
The device was a finalist for the Dyson award in 2014 and has been gaining attention ever since.
“You always have a certain percentage of humidity in the air, it doesn’t matter where you are – even in the desert. That means you would always potentially be able to extract that humidity from the air.”
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