Well, we wanted to give you a good idea of what innovative thinking does and leads to.
The innovators over at the Hendo company have successfully created the world’s first hoverboard, for example. But even if you don’t have the budget to tackle a project of that magnitude, you can still change the way people use everyday objects, like Liz Havlin of Seattle, who used her 3D printer to take recycling to a whole new level.
Innovators are people who look at an object and think to themselves, ‘how can I make this better?’ That’s what Kristof Retezar, an Australian Industrial Design student, has done to his water bottle. It’s called Fontus and according to TheScienceWorld.com, it can condense humid air into drinkable water!
The prototype is basically a bottle attached to a filter and condensation system. Retezar customized it to latch on to his bicycle so that when he goes for a ride, he can be relatively unafraid of running out of water. It faces forward so when the bike rushes forward, moist air is channeled into the filter and is condensed in the bottle.
Of course, there are still a few bugs to work out before Fontus is made available for consumers. First, Fontus really only works when the weather is agreeable: at roughly 68o F and at least 50% humidity. If those weather conditions are met, though, Fontus is equipped with a solar panel on top of the machine that powers it and produces a drop of water per minute or half a liter an hour.
Fontus probably wouldn’t be the best water bottle to take on a ride through an urban setting, either, as it has no filtration system built in. While it can only filter out dust particles, leaves, and dirt, it can’t account for pollutants in the air, which may make for some pretty unappetizing water.
But this isn’t to say that Retezar’s water bottle is a complete dud, however. In fact, the prototype works so well that it made him a finalist for the James Dyson Award for Industrial Design this year. There are machines just like Fontus all around the world that are much bigger in scale, like a billboard in Peru that condenses moisture from the surroundings to provide free water to the populace. Or Warka Water towers from the Namib Desert, which imitate the native beetles that quench their thirst from the fog in the air. Ultimately, these projects are a means to alleviate the suffering of the 780 million people without access to safe drinking water.
Innovators like Kristof Retezar come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they have in common is this: they have a vision to change the world for the better. Even something as simple as a water bottle could potentially change the world. So, what will your next innovation be?
photo credit: TheScienceWorld.com