Never Go Thirsty Again
Self-filling water bottle is a James Dyson Award finalist
From the contest that brought you the Packtasche comes another potential new product for cyclists: a self-filling water bottle, the Fontus, that attaches to your bike's top tube.
Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student from Vienna, Austria, says his invention collects the moisture in the air and condensing it into drinkable water. The mechanism is solar-powered, and can collect up to a half-liter of water per hour.
"My goal was to create a small, compact and self-sufficient device able to absorb humid air, separate water molecules from air molecules and store water in liquid form in a bottle,” he explains in his James Dyson Award application. "I simulated different climatic conditions in my bathroom."
For a cyclist who likes to venture into parts unknown where water may be scarce, this could be a ride saver. Sure, it’s not the most aero of equipment, but if you’re out for a long bike trek—like a cross-country ride—it just might be the best new touring invention yet.
Would you carry the Fontus on your bike?