With this clever little gadget, cyclists won’t ever have to worry about carrying extra bottles of water or finding water again. Powered by solar panels, this bottle can collect water from the air!
Here’s how it works:
- The bottle is attached to a device which is then attached to a bike. The device has a small cooler in its centre.
- The cooler has two parts: Solar panels generate electricity to cool the upper part down, while the bottom side warms up.
- As the bike travels forwards at a high speed, air enters the bottle and reaches the bottom part of the bottle.
- The hot side of the device cools down, which then makes the cold side much cooler.
- When the air enters the top part of the bottle, it is stopped with the small perforated walls, which condenses the water.
- Droplets then flow through the straw and into the bottle.
- The straw can be moved upwards for the water to be consumed.
- Any standard 500ml bottle can fit in the device.
The name given to this gadget is ‘Fontus’ (named after the Roman God of wells and springs) and was designed by Kristof Retezar, an industrial design student from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Fontus has been put through as a finalist in the 2014 James Dyson award.
So if you’re wondering, does the water taste nice? At the moment Fontus cannot purify the water, therefore we can assume that if it was used in the city, the water wouldn’t taste nice and would have some unwanted particles in there, therefore isn’t suitable for the city. It only has a filter to keep the dust out. So if Fontus was used in a totally different environment such as the mountains, then I think most of us would be more happy to drink it. But fingers crossed, the young inventor can further develop this clever little gadget and we’ll be able to see it in our stores very soon!