Video: Travel Bottle Makes Water from Air


Want to stay hydrated in the outdoors but loathe the idea of packing heavy containers of water for the trip? One startup company may have the solution in a bottle that makes drinking water straight from the air. But is it too good to be true?

According to Fontus, its Airo water bottle works by extracting humidity from the air and condensing it into drinkable water. This works when air flows into an attached device and hits a series of hydrophobic surfaces. These surfaces then turn water vapor into actual droplets, which then slowly fill up the bottle. An included solar panel keeps the device charged without having to rely on batteries.

Fontus boasts that in the best conditions, the device can extract up to a half liter in just one hour. The best part? The water you get is as natural as your surroundings.

“The water you get is clean, unless the air is really contaminated,” Kristo Retezár, the designer, told Live Science. “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.”

If that’s true, it could be a revolutionary product whether placed on your treestand or on a mountain bike. Retezár said he is considering crowdfunding to cover the cost of mass production. Thoughts?

Another video on the device:

Fontus self-filling water bottleThis bottle can turn air into water. (But not water into wine, unfortunately.)

Posted by The Verge on Saturday, January 23, 2016

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