Kavya NarayananNov 27, 2020 16:17:24 IST
Technology today confuses me. In a sea of phones, laptops, smart bulbs, speakers of all shapes/sizes and cars that can’t yet fly, there’s a market for pretty much anything you can think of. Modern technology is as much about aesthetics, affordability and brand, as it is about any real value addition. Few products come with the kind of undeniable value that the Airowater water generator does. It makes drinking water from humidity in the surrounding air, making it a real stand-out in a sea of the gadgets and goods that we live with already.
From the outside, the 50kg water generator looks like an oversized water dispenser. It’s made to resemble those large water dispensers you see in school and college campuses or offices. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself and it actually resembles a front-load washing machine, like some friends think. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see it, with the grill pattern on the front and that control panel in the same place you’d expect it on a washing machine.
But if you, like me, aren’t finicky about appearances or first impressions, you might choose to look beyond its tight, white and ordinary exterior. Because on the inside, this unassuming box has extraordinary, contextually-relevant bones. It’s built with two things that modern technology could desperately use right now: purpose and imagination.
Functional engineering meets decent design
The white-and-blue Dewpoint, the smallest “portable” version of Airowater’s offerings, is a special one. It would invite conversation anywhere in the world for its design and build. And its value? That’s what you’re really paying for. The machine can effortlessly squeeze moisture from the air, pump it with minerals, and pour tasty glassfuls of drinking water at the push of a button. All this, without the fear of contamination and impurities, because it’s made from condensed water, like rain is.
Contamination is simply a non-issue here – which is a big plus for users anywhere – but especially in a country like India, where we are still addressing issues like safety, steady supply of water and electricity. Since it just needs a 230V supply and a roof over its head to work, it can also be useful in remote locations and humanitarian work, provided other logistics for heavy-lifting and transportation.
It makes water, without water
Dewpoint is a truly wonderful idea. It filters ambient air through a patented air filtering process, passing the filtered air into a condensation unit. The humidity in the airflow is evaporated to water vapour and then condensed into distilled water – a process called atmospheric condensation. Once the water is “made” this way, it is put through a 4-step filtration process, and mineralised to make it palatable and safe for consumption.
The four-stage water filtration process involves: