This bike water bottle collects vapors from humid air and makes it drinkable
As a biker you are constantly in need of hydration and water is the best source to go for. But what happens when you have been pedaling for miles and there is no water in your sipper or anyplace nearby? To get over this problem Austrian startup Fontus has developed a water bottle that extracts water vapors from the air and then filters it to give you one less worry while on your adventure. The solar-powered water bottle has a hydrophobic surface which sucks any traces of water particles from the air and then filters it at the rate of 0.5 liters per hour.
James Dyson Award finalist Fontus has a condensation chamber which converts water vapors into drinkable water and it is powered by solar energy. As the humid air enters the device it is filtered through hydrophobic surfaces to keep dust and other particles out of the main compartment. To cool down the humid air this device has a small cooler called Peltier Element. Since you are riding the bike it also helps in collecting more water every minute.
Of course the water bottle has certain limitations as it is as good as the amount of water particles present in the air. That means it will only be practically usable in areas with high humidity and moisture in the air. Plus you’ll also have to make sure you’re not using it in highly polluted cities as it provides very basic level of filtration.
For now the project is in its prototype stage and the makers are going to crowdfund it soon in March. There are many improvements still to be made in the water bottle and future model will have carbon filter to make it usable in regions where water-scarcity is a major problem. Fontus is going to be released in two models – Airo for hikers and Ryde which will be for cyclists.