23 responses

  1. PatrikD
    January 17, 2013

    I think most people hugely underestimate “the energy cost of a hairdryer”.

    Also, if you plan to distribute these in third world countries, it had better be repairable by an untrained mechanic with a hammer, saw and a pair of pliers, and dirty fingers…

  2. Kostas
    January 17, 2013

    Is distilled water considered healthy drinking water? Because from what I found it’s not considered as such:
    http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutdemineralized.pdf

  3. Roaidz
    January 17, 2013

    For me, this technology is for less fortunte people only, because they don’t have the money to buy for the expensive equipments.

  4. t
    January 18, 2013

    Tata swach is another interesting water purification device for the developing world. I think it doesnt need electricity to run.

  5. Dave Patterson
    January 18, 2013

    LifeSystems seems like a much better solution. Comes in three sizes.. straw, bottle & jerry can. Scientifically simple and hands down the best purification system on the market. This distillation machine seems a bit suspect to me. I saw the G.E. logo in the beginning of this video and figured I’d see a large, expensive to manufacture machine… sure enough, here it is. An expensive, G.E. solution to a problem with existing solutions. In a world of copyrights and patents great existing concepts get completely ignored by companies like G.E.

  6. rabar
    January 21, 2013

    Once again, wrong approach and money down the drain. There now are filters advanced enough to purify almost all water without the need for electricity and a fancy gadget. Plus as mentioned in another comment, some well-informed sources believe distilled water can be unhealthy if used as a sole source of drinking water.

  7. Kelsie Craven
    January 26, 2013

    It’s strange…A man dedicates over a decade on a product that he feels will help the less fortunate people of the world and all anyone has to say is that he has the wrong idea. Well, the machine works, it purifies even the dirtiest of water, and they are trying every way possible for it to be smaller and less costly. I would imagine that Coca-Cola has enough money to distribute these all over the world without asking for any sort of financial help. Many Americans drink at least one Coca-Cola product a day, they buy outrageously priced electronics, and have $1500 refrigerators that purify drinking water for them. If they aren’t asking for any money out of your pocket that you wouldn’t already have spent on their products anyway, what’s it to you if it’s expensive? The point is it works and it can help save lives. Everyone needs to be a little more humble and a little less judgmental.

    • rabar
      January 26, 2013

      He is not alone. You might want to read about some competing purification systems, many of them not requiring electricity:
      http://inhabitat.com/6-water-purifying-devices-for-clean-drinking-water-in-the-developing-world/
      Although one is still a solar still (Solarball), it’s a passive system. Of course if you could design a filter that works with a gravitylight…
      http://singularityhub.com/2013/01/23/gravitylight-using-gravity-to-bring-light-to-the-developing-world/
      The WIKI on solar water disinfection describes the passive system SODIS using empty soda bottles.
      Written with deepest humility…

    • DigitalGalaxy
      DigitalGalaxy
      February 2, 2013

      Kelsie has a point. Even if some other systems are more cost effective/don’t require electricity, anything we can throw at the problem works. This is the 2000s, and there are still people on our planet who don’t have clean WATER? It’s unfathomable.

      Granted, I think a solar cooker is a more effective way to distill water, but if some big corporation has its own electrically powered distillation device they want to distribute for free in the developing/undeveloped world as a publicity stunt/PR campaign, why on Earth not?

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    April 26, 2013

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    April 26, 2013

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