(UPDATE: We are sad to report that the Fontus self-filling water bottle appears to have been a scam. We apologize to our readers for reporting on this bottle without being aware of this. Many blogs and IndieGoGo users have debunked the science behind the Fontus bottle, showing that it is almost impossible for the bottle to perform as advertised given present technology. For more on this, read our article It Looks Like The Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle Was A Scam.)
What if your water bottle was not only the container of your water, but the actual source of it? Sound crazy? Well, the self-filling water bottle is already here.
In our recent feature “5 Amazing and Unusual Ways to Make Drinking Water” we looked at two technologies which extract moisture from the humidity in the air in order to gather clean, drinkable water. As amazing as this technology is, we have evidence that this concept is, in one way or another, an ancient one. The people of the Inca Empire were familiar enough with it to construct “fog fences” which harvested moisture from the thickly clouded forests of the high Andes, producing enough water to aid their agricultural efforts.
The modern era has seen technology relying on this principle developed to new extremes. One of those includes the revolutionary self-filling water bottle.
Meet Fontus: The Self-Filling Water Bottle
The recipient of a James Dyson Award, the Fontus is the product of Vienna-based Kristof Retezár, a designer and inventor who set out to create a small-scale device which can harvest moisture from the air. His invention, the Fontus, now has working prototypes of two self-filling water bottles. The first, the Fontus Airo, is a solar-powered self-filling water bottle, and the Fontus Ryde is a self-filling bottle which relies on the flow of air while riding a bicycle to get the job done.
In ideal conditions for the Fontus, it can produce as much as 0.5 liters of water in a single hour. What are those conditions like? According to the manufacturer, the Fontus will work best in high humidity, like 80-90% and high temperatures as well, between 84-104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where Can I Get One?
Unfortunately, the Fontus is not yet available for sale. For some good news, the designer wants to keep the retail price-tag at less than $100, which means the Fontus should be a pretty reasonable investment once it hits the market. Aiming to launch a crowdfunding campaign in March 2016, the folks behind the Fontus hope to have the bottle on the market sometime in the fourth quarter of 2016. We’ll be sure to keep you posted here at Hydration Anywhere when the Fontus becomes available.
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We look at the future of water bottles with the amazing Fontus Self-Filling Water bottle
Jacob Hatch is the author and founder of Hydration Anywhere. He has been actively writing about drinking water since 2013. These days Jacob spends most of his time investigating water related news, studying environmental issues, reading health studies, and reviewing products like water bottles and water filters.