When it comes to roughing it in the great outdoors, having everything you need in case of emergency is important. All hikers and bikers worth their salt know that having ample food and water to get them through their adventures (and potentially help them over a few hurdles along the way) is top priority, but lugging around gallons of water and clunky purification systems is a heavy hassle.
Now think of it in SHTF context. An endless supply of clean drinking in the size of a small bottle, is one of the most vitally important tools in your SHTF bugout kit.
That’s why this new invention is about to change the entire game. Called Fontus, this water bottle will ensure that you never run out of water again, and all it needs to operate is the open air. With the use of solar technology, this device turns air into clean drinking water.
Fontus is no bigger than your average water bottle, and the only other piece of equipment it needs is a thin solar panel. Point the panel at the sun, plug it into the bottle, and watch the magic happen.
In one hour, Fontus can generate half a liter of filtered drinking water.
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Fontus, a water bottle that takes in moisture from surrounding air, can produce clean, drinkable water in under an hour (assuming the air is also relatively clean).
The best part about the development of this technology is that it could potentially change the lives of people who live in water-scarce regions. Clean drinking water should not be a luxury, and this incredible invention has the power to change the world.
Created by Austrian industrial designer Kristof Retezár, Fontus was designed to help people in water-scarce areas, including some 1.2 billion people around the world. Rather than relying on complex water purification systems, Retezár wanted to make something simple and portable.
“This is simply condensation of the humidity that is contained in the air,” Retezár told Live Science.
When humid air flows into the device, it hits a series of hydrophobic “teeth,” which look kind of like toothbrush bristles, that help turn the water vapor into actual droplets. A small solar panel on the top of Fontus keeps a battery charged.
Retezár says the bottle works best between 86 degrees and 104 degrees Fahrenheit and between 80 and 90% humidity. Over the course of an hour, Fontus can produce roughly 0.5 quarts of water.
The current prototype isn’t perfect, the designer concedes.
Fontus can filter out some large contaminants, like bugs and dust, but the filter isn’t designed to keep out small contaminants like sediment. In future models, Retezár hopes to install a carbon filter that will make it more useful in water-scarce regions where air quality is also an issue.
Retezár plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign soon to bring Fontus to the market by the fall. He hopes to get the price under $100.
Fontus is still in its early stages, and designers hope that over the next few months, they will be able to perfect the filtration system and cut consumer costs as much as possible. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in buying, you can learn even more about Fontus here. Developers plan on launching a crowdfunding campaign in the near future, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!