Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water | IFLScience

The weight of water limits how much can be brought on a long bike ride. There isn’t always an option to stop and fill up from a clean stream or drinking fountain, but water could be obtained from a different source: the air. Austrian industrial design student Kristof Retezár has created Fontus: a prototype of a water bottle system that condenses humid air into clean, drinkable water. His design made him a finalist for the 2014 James Dyson Award.

Wouldn’t this be cool to have in a car or any transportation vehicle? I’m not sure I’d trust the moisture in the New York subway though. Maybe best for suburbs with reasonably clean air.

Source: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water | IFLScience

Stories from my Past: The accident that almost was

Driving is dangerous and so is being a pedestrian. Once I was turning right and the road I was turning onto was obstructed by a building, and it was a very sharp turn so my visibility was limited. As soon as I turned the almost 360 degree right, I saw a mother and her two children crossing the road while traffic was moving. I was going slow enough to stop, and avoided the accident but it was a scary moment for all of us. The mother grabbed her kids and returned to the curb, but I was shaken and bothered by what almost happened.

When I had a chance I called the city that it occurred in and spoke to their Public Works department. Since it happened on a state route, I was directed to talk to the state. I called the state and was directed to talk to a specific engineer. That engineer was apparently busy but I called everyday for 3 weeks until I got a hold of him. Once I explained the situation he recognized the problems and agreed that it was a concern and that part of his team was working on redesigning it. The corner was made even more dangerous by illegal double parking that was done from the local citizens, so he suggested I speak to the police as well. I called the police and informed them that they needed better patrols in that area and they said they were patrolling the area but I may not have seen that.

The point of me sharing this with you is to point out that sometimes we can have tragic situations happen because no one did enough to fix the issue previously. Now even if something happens in that corner, I know that I have done everything I could do to address the issue. It is painful sometimes to follow-up and make sure that things get taken care of. It is painful to have to spend time dealing with “other people’s problems”. I got no reward from the many hours I spend dealing with this situation other than the fact that my actions perhaps might prevent a tragedy that I almost experienced.

I have said it before and I really believe it, that we have opportunities everyday to make the world a better place. Sometimes they are not easy and sometimes they are. Do not let your decisions be based on an inconvenience to you, when it could mean a life to someone else.