Someday soon, cyclists might never again have to worry about running out of water on a hot and humid day.
A gadget created by Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, collects and condenses moisture from the air while a bicycle is in motion. It then fills up a water bottle attached to the bike frame.
Named after the Roman god of wells and springs, “Fontus” uses the principle of thermoelectric cooling, in which an electricity-powered heat pump transfers heat from one side of a container to another.
Fontus is still in the prototype stage. The design was recently a finalist for the 2014 James Dyson Award, an international design competition.
This rendering shows how humid air condenses through the system.
After cooling and condensing, the water drips into the prototype.