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Welcome to the Smart Stuff water department, with some of the world's smartest gadgets, inventions and ideas in water treatment and purification.



Moving water the easier way with Hippo Water Roller

An easier way to move water.
Water, or really the lack of it, is one of the most serious health problems in the world today. If more people could be given access to clean water, many lives would be saved. Not long ago we could present one attempt to do something about this; the LifeStraw personal water filter. But people who do not even have water anyplace close, have another problem altogether. That is where this invention comes in. The Hippo Water Roller is a plastic barrel big enough for 90 liters (approx. 23 gallons US) of water, and designed to be rolled over the ground with the help of a steel handle much like a lawn mower (picture above). The barrel is made of UV-stabilized polyethylene and is supposed to withstand rocky footpaths and even broken glass. The opening has been made large to make filling and cleaning easy, and the water tight lid allows for hygienic storage of the water. With the help of the Hippo you can move the 90 kg of water (about 198 lb.) like it was 10 kg (22 lb.), at least as long as the ground is level. Via Boing Boing.

10 november 2005



A.Survival Straw water purifying strawB. Exstream Orinoco water purifying sports bottle

Another straw water cleaner. And a sports bottle purifier
If you have read us before, you will know that we fell head over heals in love with (we might as well admit it) the LifeStraw, only to discover that we may have jumped the gun a little when we found the mizu-Q (below) a little later. Well, when we had wiped the egg off our faces, we did a little more research and found the
Survival Straw (A above) and the Exstream Orinoco (B). The Survival Straw is promised to rid your drinking water from 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, chlorine, water soluble heavy metals, pesticides, arsenic, mercury, EDB, Giardia and some other nasty stuff. It is supposed to last for 5,000 gallons (approx. 19 cubic meters) of water. We reserve the right to be skeptical to this information until we have had a chance to test it. Ed. The Exstream Orinoco (B) will according to the sellers filter or kill bacteria and virii(!) like cholera, e.coli, and polio. Additionally, it is supposed to remove 99.99 percent of Cryptosporidium Giardia. The Orinoco should last for 100 liters until it needs a new filter cartridge. Both purifiers is available at Walkabout Travel Gear.

21 October 2005




mizu-Q water purifier straw

Mizu-Q water purifier straw.
A while back we wrote a post on the LifeStraw (below), a smart personal water purifying device for developing areas in the shape of a (fat) straw. We do not think the LifeStraw is really ready for market, but it looks promising and it will according to plans get a capacity of 700 liters before it needs to be replaced; that equals the yearly consumption of drinking water for one person. What we did not know at the time, but do know now, is that the life straw is not unique (save perhaps the capacity). On the site Core77, that has a large post from an exhibition on safety design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, we found this product. It is called mizu-Q and is an already existing personal water purifying device, albeit with a capacity of just 100 liters. We have been looking for more information on the mizu-Q, but not even Google can find anything more than a short reference on a blog by someone who bought one in Osaka, Japan. If you know more about water purification using similar products, or have hands-on experience with the mizu-Q, please let us know! Also see the post below.

17 October 2005




LifeStraw water purification device

Possibly the most important invention in our time.
It's called LifeStraw and may well prove to be the invention that saves more lives than anything since penicillin. The LifeStraw is a plastic tube with a built in water purification filter, 25 cm long and 29 mm in diameter, meant to let you drink water that unfiltered would be a potential killer. The most common cause of premature death in the developed part of the world is traffic accidents, followed by a number of diseases caused by our over indulgent lifestyle. In the world as a whole, though, the most common killer is bacteria such as Typhoid, Cholera, e.coli, Salmonella and others. Millions of people die every year because they lack clean water. And until now there has not been a lot we have been able to do, since water purification is costly, requires electrical power, spare parts, training, and so on.

With the LifeStraw this may change. The LifeStraw is cheap, needs no power, no training, no service, and is said to be able to filter up to 700 liters of water before it should be replaced. 700 liters is roughly what one person drinks per year. The tube has been tested positively on water borne bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, Enterococcus and Staphylococcus. Now, if we could just find a way to manufacture and distribute these LifeStraws in sufficient numbers to the world's trouble areas, millions of lives could possibly be saved.

The idea comes originally from Dane
Torben Vestergaard Frandsen, and has been developed in cooperation with The Carter Center, Rob Fleuren of Holland and Moshe Frommer of Israel. LifeStraw has furthermore been nominated to the Danish Index Awards, an award for design with the potential to improve life for large groups of people. Via Gizmag.

31 August 2005



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