Water is very important for survival. The new technology called Fontus is a self-filling water bottle that would not only provide water for adventurers but supply to areas where water is scarce.
Air Turns to Drinkable Water
Being well-hydrated, especially when doing a physical activity is needed for your body to perform at its highest level. Water regulates the body temperature and lubrication of your joints. If the body is not hydrated enough, you will more likely feel fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramps to name a few.
That is why it is critical to always have readily-available water. In fact, trips and activities should be planned where there is heavy and accessible water supply.
Kristof Retezár created a self-filling water bottle called Fontus which transforms moisture from surrounding air to produce clean, drinkable water. The container can carry up to 0.8 liters of water. The lightweight design could also double as a charger to power up phones through USB connection on the tech’s solar mat.
The Fontus Airo can also be clipped to the backpack as you get your water refill. The device functions when you are in motion and even when you are stationary in your camping site.
How does it work?
The solar-powered water bottle is designed to pull water from the air. As humid air flows into the device, it will hit toothbrush-like bristles called hydrophobic teeth to turn water vapor into droplets. This is how the process goes:
- Air from the surrounding is drawn into the device with the use of a small fan.
- The air will then run through a special filter and then pressed into the condensation chambers.
- The moisture from the air will be condensed through a series of small coolers.
- The liquid water produced will flow to the main body of the water bottle where it will be stored.
Those who want to produce mineral water can do so by dissolving vitamins and minerals on the container’s lower section meant for carrying little capsules. Personalizing the process of re-mineralization makes you get the specific nutrients you need.
As the device is still in the process of more refinement, the start-up company is tackling some issues like having an improved carbon filter. While it can filter larger contaminants including bugs and dust, the bottle is not yet designed to filter smaller ones (harmful bacteria, sediments).
Aside from being very handy when it comes to hobbies like camping, climbing, jogging, hiking, and many other physical activities, the self-filling water bottle would be really useful to areas having a scarcity of water. Once the prototype is finalized, it could potentially help over 1.2 billion people worldwide with no access to clean, drinkable water.