There is an old adage that says one cannot conjure something out of thin air (unless you are using magic of course), but that is not strictly true, as is proven by a recent innovative device that collects potable water from the atmosphere, which is basically thin air.
The innovative Water Seer collection device relies on simple condensation to collect up to 42 litres of drinking water from the atmosphere without the need for an external power source. The Water Seer is powered by a simple wind turbine, which means that there are also no greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts.
The low-cost device, developed by VICI-Labs, in partnership with UC Berkeley and the National Peace Corps Association, could make a huge difference to the around 2.3 million people on the planet who lack regular access to safe drinking water. Several of these devices could provide sufficient water on a daily basis to support a small village.
The Water Seer is embedded around six feet into the ground; soil is then packed around its metal neck. The top of the Water Seer, which holds a vertical wind turbine, spins internal fan blades to draw air into the subterranean chamber, which is cooled by the surrounding earth. Water that is drawn from the surrounding air then condenses in the reservoir, creating a type of artificial well, from which people can draw clean, safe drinking water anytime they like.
Water Seer, which launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funding needed to develop and build these devices, have tested the prototype successfully, and the latest model, which was only finalised in August 1026, will undergo further field tests with the National Peace Corps Association.
The not-for-profit company has said that it will match all United States purchases of the device by donating Water Seer collection devices to individuals living in developing countries or arid climates who do not have access to potable drinking water.