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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.

  • <p>This is the entire system, from nasal cavity inserts to arterial jugular heat exchangers.</p>
  • <p>The system seen in the human body.</p>
  • <p>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.</p>
  • <p>This collar radiates heat efficiently from the body, keeping you cool and preventing sweating.</p>
  • <p>This device converts body heat into electricity. That electricity is then sent to the collar, where it’s converted back to heat and dissipated.</p>
  • <p>This extra bladder recycles all the liquid from your pee, so you don’t lose any water from normal bodily functions.</p>
  • <p>Other, er, bodily functions are also a significant source of water loss. This device would make sure that no liquid remained.</p>
  • <p>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.</p>
  • <p>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.</p>
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    This is the entire system, from nasal cavity inserts to arterial jugular heat exchangers.

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    The system seen in the human body.

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    | 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.

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    | Heat Irradiant Neck Collar

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

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    | 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.

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    | Urine Concentrator

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

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    | Renal Fecular Dehydrator

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

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    | 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.

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    | 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.

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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.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Naohiro Tsukada; 02 / Artwork by Bryan Christie, with organ rendering by takram design engineering; 03 / Naohiro Tsukada;