New Low-Cost Material Can Pull Buckets of Drinking Water from the Air

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin developed a low-cost gel film that can pull multiple liters of drinking water from the air—even in arid conditions—and release it easily. The material is made up of two common and inexpensive ingredients: konjac gum and cellulose. The gum’s porous structure attracts water from the air, while the cellulose, when responding to gentle heat, turns hydroponic and …

New Portable Device Can Turn Saltwater Into Drinking Water

Only 0.5% of Earth’s 326 million trillion gallons of water is safe to drink. To make water more accessible and consumable, researchers at MIT developed a portable device that converts saltwater into drinking water with the touch of a button. The current prototype (which fits into a regular-sized suitcase) requires less power to operate than a cellphone charger, processes one liter of water per hour, …

Movement Bottle

Intended only for cold water, LARQ’s Bottle Movement eliminates 99.9999% of contaminants, courtesy of its built-in UV-C LED technology. Available in two sizes (24- and 32-ounce), the smart bottle self-cleans every two hours, but can also be manually prompted with the touch of a button. Made from a lightweight stainless steel, the bottle is ideal for the gym and outdoor adventures.