For those who've ever lived in humid climates and have been amazed at the buckets that one will sweat, here's one way to take advantage of a hot and sticky situation. This portable water condenser is made to condense the moisture from humid climates into drinkable water as the day progresses, in contrast to other similar but bulkier devices already available on the market.
Designed by Canadian industrial design students Reymin Deleon, Marco Tortorici and Austin Sedlbauer, the device is called NJORD after a sea god of Norse mythology. This concept "portable water creator" would boast some cool features to ensure that water is produced, says Yanko Design:
An internal thermostat monitors air temperature and adjusts an internal polar polymer to create the needed conditions for condensation to occur inside the bottle. Simply turn on the device and in two hours you’ll have a liter of water (in 50% humidity).
According to the designers, this concept is based on ancient air wells, which could produce an estimated hundreds to thousands of gallons of drinking water daily. Originally, air wells were passive forms of technology related to, but distinct from fog fences. The polar polymer mentioned above is a synthetic material that is capable of slowing down molecules, refrigerating them once they are charged, thus creating condensation based on an average temperature difference of 20 degrees Celsius.
The designers say that
By creating a scaled-down version [of an air well] and speeding up the process through the use of forced induction we are able to rapidly produce drinking water.
In addition to the polar polymer, the design's mechanism would include a temperature sensor, fans and a cold fusion battery. The cold fusion battery might present a problem; basically it's fuelled by low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) as its energy source, a technology that's currently in the theoretical stage and is quite controversial. If developed though, its proponents claim that cold fusion or LENR could be a potential boon as a limitless and environmentally-clean energy source for generating electricity.
We're not sure how leery consumers might be to have low-energy nuclear reactions happening on their countertop, or even if it's practically possible, but in the conceptual context, the NJORD is nevertheless an interesting synthesis, fusing futuristic components with portability to transform an ancient technology.