Hydrolemic System

This is the entire system, from nasal cavity inserts to arterial jugular heat exchangers.

Hydrolemic System

The system seen in the human body.

Nasal Cavity Inserts

Inserted in the nose, these devices prevent the moisture from the air that you’re breathing from leaving your body, turning it back into water.

Heat Irradiant Neck Collar

This collar radiates heat efficiently from the body, keeping you cool and preventing sweating.

Arterial-Jugular Heat Exchangers

This device converts body heat into electricity. That electricity is then sent to the collar, where it’s converted back to heat and dissipated.

Arterial-Jugular Heat Exchangers

This device converts body heat into electricity. That electricity is then sent to the collar, where it’s converted back to heat and dissipated.

Urine Concentrator

This extra bladder recycles all the liquid from your pee, so you don’t lose any water from normal bodily functions.

Renal Fecular Dehydrator

Other, er, bodily functions are also a significant source of water loss. This device would make sure that no liquid remained.

Rubedo Candies

These "candies" would be our new water source. Eat five of them a day, and you would have all the liquid you needed--your new implants would do the rest.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

Hydrolemic System

The whole system in a pleasantly designed case, before what would certainly be an unpleasant series of surgical procedures. Keep clicking for more glamor shots of the whole system.

2012-06-12

Co.Exist

The Water Bottle Of The Future: A Cyborg System That Keeps You From Needing To Drink

If the world runs low on water, we all may be forced to make our bodies consume less water. How would that work? A Japanese company has the answer.

The Japanese design studio Takram was asked to design a water bottle for people to use after a hypothetical future environmental disaster. Takram, imagining what a world would be like with rising sea levels and radioactive disasters, thought that we probably wouldn’t be carrying around water bottles. Instead, they designed an entirely new organ system, to be implanted in the body, that would mean we used less water in the first place.

Its solution, called the Hydrolemic System, involves both harvesting more moisture from the air than our current un-modified bodies are capable of, and also doing more to retain the water we have. The company imagines that system would require us to drink 0.1 cups of water a day.

Inserts that go in our noses convert moisture in the air we breath into water, and other inserts at the ends of our renal and digestive systems keep water from leaving by those routes. A collar on our neck helps prevent perspiration by turning our body heat into electricity, so it doesn’t make us perspire, losing precious liquid.

Click through the slide show for more details, and hope for a world in which our designers are just designing water bottles with more convenient handles, rather than ones you have to go to the hospital to have installed.

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8 Comments

  • Matthew Macomber

    We are now ready to go harvest the Spice.
    (kudos to those who get the reference)

  • Scross

    "It seemed the proper way."  And that's about the only thing I remember from that very forgettable movie.

  • krzystoff

    that is true, but once you have mastered Folding Space, access to water would cease to be a problem.

  • hlg2dsqsppv6

    I'm all for diconnecting our biological systems for mechanical ones.  Definitely something that I've been interested in for quite some time, and may be really possible. As well as neurological controlled equipment.  The future could be pretty cool.  I have done quite a bit of the electronics research, but stil have to focus on anesthetics.  Just imagine, going to sleep, and when you wake up being able to control your sensations at the press of a button. Being able to update a facebook status not just with whats on your mind, but with a sensation that can be shared as well. To not have to consume things for satisfaction, but just merely import into your neurological rss qeue. 

  • Cor Estoll

    Unfortunately, renal excretion is not just waste disposal; it's also blood pressure control.  When our blood pressure goes up, the kidneys excrete more water into the bladder.  If someone's renal excretion is up because the body is trying to correct for high blood pressure and this system keeps dumping that water into the body, the person is going to have a hypertensive crisis.  They'll die.  Nothing in this article indicates that this was taken into account, and it's a serious design flaw.

  • Erg Schweibel

    The japanese are known for drinking their own urine at board meetings, I'm sure this utterly insane cyborg-hydration system came from some equally insane thinktank environment. A more practical and realistic application of intellect would be to invest thought in devising ways to safeguard, store and purify the water we have. A system to cleanse and purify water after a nuclear holocaust would be a much more practical endeavor. I find this type of harebrained idea to be laughable. It only serves to put dollars in the pocket of the ones who sell the idea

  • laupine

    so it basically says that if there is a water shortage then people have to cut their consumption. how about cutting industry water usage etc instead of limiting the water intake for people. in the end, we live on water. 

  • krzystoff

    some brilliant ideas, some of which could be implemented into astronautics in the near future.  not without it's issues -- if you reduce your fluid intake that much, you will likely have more digestive problems to worry about, making a renal retention system overkill.