28 Jul '12, 2pm

Beetle-Inspired Design Uses Old Plastic Bottles to Pull Water from the Air:

Beetle-Inspired Design Uses Old Plastic Bottles to Pull Water from the Air:

The Namib Desert beetle is known for its ability to survive in an environment that gets only half an inch of rainfall a year. The beetle's secret is its bumpy back, which pulls water droplets out of morning fogs. In an effort to copy the beetle's move, the Atmospheric Water Collector aims to make old water bottles capable of producing potable water in a similar fashion. The concept is the work of design student Thomas Row . The insert that goes inside the bottle, made to screw into a cap that fits most plastic bottles, is sand blasted to produce a bumpy surface, like the Namib Desert beetle's back. As water droplets accumulate on the insert, they roll down and collect at the bottom of the bottle. Row's goal was to design a product that would collect enough water to provide a person for an entire day. However, he writes: The testing failed miserably. Even with a good weathe...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/atmo...

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