A Water Bottle That Can Fill Itself UpBy John Davis - April 13, 2016
Sometimes solutions seem too farfetched to even be possible. But what if we all dreamed bigger? What if we reached farther? Would our meals cook themselves? Would our laundry self-fold and sort by color? Would our water bottles fill themselves with water when empty? The later may soon be possible.
Fontus has already raised over 633% of its $30,000 goal to help bring a self-filling water bottle to life. It is surprising really because the water bottle doesn’t come cheap. Even the Early Bird bottle, touted as a super, secret special price, will set you back $200 plus shipping. If the price hasn’t scared you off, let me introduce you to the products, because there are actually two options.
Airo and Ryde
Fontus is selling two water bottles: Airo and Ryde. Both water bottles are self-filling.
The Fontus Airo is a regular sized water bottle, holding up to .8 liters. In addition to being self-filling, it can charge your phone via a USB solar mat.
Fontus Ryde is designed for cyclist. The bottle’s design makes use of the airflow created by your cycling. As air runs through the bottle’s chamber, it is condensed and turned into drinking water.
How Do They Self-Fill
Both bottles captures air condensation and processes it into drinking water. Airo is enhanced by a small chamber at the bottom of the bottle that holds multiple capsules. The capsules re-mineralize the created water as part of the process. Of course, it takes power to make this all work and that is made possible by the solar mat, which produces enough solar energy to keep your water bottle up and running.
How Effective Can Fonus Actually Be?
I can’t be the only one questioning the effectiveness of this device. I’m imagining a long bike ride where I’m rewarded with a half a sip of water. And of course I’m wondering how atmospheres will affect the outcome as well. In response, Fontus has created a graph outlining the effectiveness of Fontus. With areas like Mexico being more effective than the arid climate of Nevada. In short, higher humidity areas will product more water. And in their own words,
We cannot guarantee that Fontus will deliver a constant water output in all conditions and may produce little or no water at all under some conditions.
Yup, effectiveness may be zero. And while I would love to see air turned into water, I can’t imagine myself spending $200 on a water bottle that may or may not work. Heck, I can’t imagine myself spending $200 on a water bottle that works. But, if the idea tickles your fancy, you can back the project on Indiegogo.
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