27-02-2019 22:24 - edited 27-02-2019 22:26
The water purification system sounds great but makes me wonder
1) Do you need a phone signal for it to work?
2) If it's as 'easy'as that, why can't the powers that be develop something similar on a larger scale NOW?
When you see adverts of children drinking foul water in under developed countries, it's sad and sickening.
By the way @Chris_K not impresssed with the cat litter box. Too big and cumbersome. Cats don't smell.. they are cleaner than dogs. (Pfffttt to you not being a fan ) All you need is a good owner who changes the litter trays frequently.
The rest of the tech is pretty mind blowing btw...
Cats themselves might not smell, but my goodness, their "business" does - and it's worse than any dog smell I've ever smelled... And I had one that rolled about in swan muck one time!
The water purification tech itself is impressive, but the phone isn't the magical component I'm afraid. Lets use a remote part of Africa as an example - dirty water may be readily available, but what you probably won't have is a power source. These guys have created a water purification system that can use multiple different power sources - one being a solar panel, and another being powered by your phone USB port.
I've unfortunately misplaced the notes I captured at the stand but if memory serves, they were selling these units for around ~€300-350. So there's nothing stopping the powers that be buying these up, but they really are only personal purification devices - so one for every person/family. When you consider there's nearly a billion people in areas with no access to clean drinking water, unfortunately there's no power out there that will pay for devices like this for everyone that needs it.
@ ALL - If this has intrigured you, you should check out Mark Rober's latest video. P&G have created a powder that turns totally undrinkable water into safe, drinkable water. It's a totally different approach to water purification, costs $0.68 per sachet, which P&G then sell at a loss.
on 27-02-2019 23:12
Thank you @Chris_K for posting about the Proctor & Gamble inexpensive water purification sachets ... How many times do we see tv showing people in '3rd World Countries' having dirty water to drink?
Good to see philanthropist side of Bill Gates
on 27-02-2019 23:24
I've just uploaded my day 3 summary here, check it out. Quick summary:
- Vuzix have AR glasses that I could actually see being used by consumers
- A robot barista attacked me with coffee. iRobot 2, starring me, not Will Smith. THIS IS WHERE IT BEGINS!
- Smart stores of the future are amazing!
- 'Faster than light' is something pureLiFi are trying to prove is possible
- HTC have a blochain phone you can earn cryptocurrency from by selling your data
- Graphene tech isn't the revolution I thought/hoped it would be, but more an evolution
on 28-02-2019 00:34
Every home should have one!
I'm seriously impressed with the water purification sachets but I'm sure these aren't actually a new thing as I'm sure I have read about those some maybe 12 months ago?
Name rings a bell
Also P&G here