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Scientist Builds Self-Filling Water Bottle

By - Source: PRI | B 28 comments

Scientist Deckard Sorensen to found NBD Nanotechnologies to market his invention.

Sorensen was reportedly intrigued by a very specific capability of the Namib Desert beetle that can extract water from air. The beetle's problem is that his living environment gets only half an inch of rainfall per year, but solved this challenge by using a hydrophilic coating, a surface with strong affinity to water, on his back to attract water, and a hydrophobic surface, a material that repels water, to store water. The mechanism is effective enough to provide the beetle with 12 percent of his water supply from air.

Sorensen apparently rebuilt this idea with a hydrophilic and hydrophobic surface to create a self-filling water bottle. The water source was create with a fan that was powered by a solar-charged battery. There was no information how long it takes to fill the entire bottle with water, but Sorensen told PRI that there are "more than three quadrillion gallons of water in the air." The entrepreneur considers any environment with moving air as a potential business opportunity.

"We actually see the maritime environment as really a very large market for us because humidity is actually constantly regenerated over a large body of water," Sorenson said. "Then we can pull that humidity from the air to support people who possibly take long trips on yachts, or provide a sort of potable water source that can be run off a solar panel while at sea."

 

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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 17, 2012 12:12 AM
    Sounds better than re-drinking urine.
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    jake2447 , December 17, 2012 12:53 AM
    JOSHSKORNSomething other than snot just came out of my nose.


    Was it the urine you had been drinking while reading this comment?
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    JOSHSKORN , December 17, 2012 12:50 AM
    jupiter optimus maximusSounds better than re-drinking urine.

    Something other than snot just came out of my nose.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 17, 2012 12:12 AM
    Sounds better than re-drinking urine.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2012 12:19 AM
    but urine is delecious
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    Shin-san , December 17, 2012 12:41 AM
    jupiter optimus maximusSounds better than re-drinking urine.
    You actually might be drinking the result of evaporated urine. Water has to come from somewhere
  • 21 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , December 17, 2012 12:50 AM
    jupiter optimus maximusSounds better than re-drinking urine.

    Something other than snot just came out of my nose.
  • 24 Hide
    jake2447 , December 17, 2012 12:53 AM
    JOSHSKORNSomething other than snot just came out of my nose.


    Was it the urine you had been drinking while reading this comment?
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    SteelCity1981 , December 17, 2012 1:05 AM
    we can learn a lot of bugs and animals.
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    A Bad Day , December 17, 2012 1:18 AM
    SteelCity1981we can learn a lot of bugs and animals.


    I think Sharp or some other company was using moths' eyes in their research on developing a display that combined both the matte's anti-glare and the glossy's high contrast/quality characteristics.

    The moths eyes' had nanocoating that allowed them to see well in the dark, without alerting every predator in a 1 mile radius.
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    Marco925 , December 17, 2012 1:59 AM
    whimsehGetting lazier and lazier all the time.Not enough energy to get up and grab a water bottle, or fill one up?

    And to think you reada tech news site, the one place where you should be excited to read all things new and tecchy.
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    A Bad Day , December 17, 2012 2:14 AM
    whimsehGetting lazier and lazier all the time.Not enough energy to get up and grab a water bottle, or fill one up?


    19th century: "Water treatment with chlorine and filtering? Just boil the damn water!"

    18th century: "Piped water? Is it really that hard to use a hand pump?"

    17th century: "Hand pump? Why not just use the existing wells?"

    Ancient time: "Wells? There's a lake nearby."

    everixGreat idea. Pull all of the water from the air so that it won't rain anymore.


    How about I toss you into a drought-stricken area or a desert?

    And you would need a gigantic (and possibly inefficient) water plant to dry out the local climate.[/citation]
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    mightymaxio , December 17, 2012 2:15 AM
    whimsehGetting lazier and lazier all the time.Not enough energy to get up and grab a water bottle, or fill one up?

    Tell that to the people in other countries without easy access to water whom often die of dehydration! DBag
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2012 2:22 AM
    All jokes aside, this is very interesting stuff guys.

    Stuff like this makes me proud to be a human being. Amazing...
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    madjimms , December 17, 2012 2:35 AM
    I think this will have a profound impact in desert areas where clean drinking water is very hard to find. Props to the scientists, but lets just hope someone doesn't pull an Apple & prevent anyone else from using this technology.
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    groveborn , December 17, 2012 5:12 AM
    I had a similar idea a decade ago, though it involved a small dehumidifier. Oh well.
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    technogiant , December 17, 2012 5:56 AM
    Hi, I'm a Namib desert beetle and I'm going to sue your human ar$es for breach of patent.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2012 7:10 AM
    It's a shame Frank Herbert missed this.

    http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Windtrap
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    abbadon_34 , December 17, 2012 7:51 AM
    "support people who possibly take long trips on yachts"

    yeah, don't think they'll be using this, plenty of bottled water and reverse osmosis on their YACHT
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    Super_Nova , December 17, 2012 9:23 AM
    technogiantHi, I'm a Namib desert beetle and I'm going to sue your human ar$es for breach of patent.


    Sorry, but Apple had a patent before you. Expect to see a can of lawyers on your porch one of these days.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2012 10:42 AM
    Isn't this kind of like a mini dehumidifier?
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