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Austrian Industrial Design student Kristof Retezar has created something simple and innovative, a bottle that condenses humid air into water. Its called Fontus. He customized it to latch on to his bicycle so that when he goes for a ride, he can be relatively unafraid of running out of water. It turns out that the prototype works so well that it made him a finalist for the James Dyson Award for Industrial Design in 2014.
The prototype is basically a bottle attached to a filter and condensation system. It faces forward so when the the bicycle rushes forward, moist air is channeled in to the filter and is condensed into the bottle. There is a solar panel atop the machine to power it and it produces a drop per minute or half a litre an hour under the following conditions:
2. 20 C
The design is far from complete however, as the Fontus doesn’t account for the pollutants in an urban setting; it can only filter out dust particles and leaves and dirt .
Machines like the Fontus have been built before, just not on a scale as personal as this. A billboard in Peru condenses moisture from the surroundings to provide free water to the populace, Warka Water towers from the Namib Desert imitate the native beetles that quench their thirst from the fog in the air. Ultimately the projects are a tool to alleviate the suffering of the 780 million people without access to safe drinking water.
The Fontus will be priced somewhere around $25-40.