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Atmospheric Water Collector

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  • Atmospheric Water Collector
    A portable water collector that obtains drinkable water from air and fits on common plastic bottles.
  • This is a project for environmental harmonious lifestyle course in which we were asked to biomimic the Namibian Desert Beetle that collects water from air using tiny bumps on its back with hydrophobic and hydrophilic extremes. I decided to design a water collecting device very portable and universal to common plastic bottle threads. Ideally this would be most useful in survival situations where drinkable water is scarce.
  • Research & Testing
    Since this is not an industrial design project per se, most of the effort went into actually trying to test out the plausibility of a device that could produce enough drinking water for 1 person in a day. 

    The testing failed miserably. Even with a good weather and temperature, including using the cooling effects from low temperature night sky, only tiny droplets of water were collected. However, I'm confident that with better quality hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces, enough water should collect since my tests were only done with common household products.

  • Product Concept
    There are quite a few products out there that utilize the same idea of collecting water from air, also survival techniques too; however, most of them requires a large set-up space and not exactly portable. The main selling point of this design would be its versatility fitting on plastic bottles which can be easily obtained or savaged even in the wilds. The indicator would serve as a warning system for users that tells them they might want to find other sources of water if the humidity is insufficient.