A new Kickstarter project called HYQUATOR aims to bring safe drinking to anyone, at anytime. The HYQUATOR is portable solar-powered electronic device and the first project for a New York City based tech start-up iTRONYC. The device is said to work without filters or UV light and does not need any additional chemical components. It is powered by a built in solar panel, but can also be powered by a battery.
So far only $1,711 has been raised, and the goal is set to $60,000. With only 8 days to go please contribute if you feel this concept is interesting. The money will be used to produce 500 pieces of HYQUATOR and to get the production costs down to an affordable price. Some of it will also go to cover start-up expenses for the electrode design and case tooling for the injection mold fabrication, and to cover development costs of a pre-production device. The funds are also needed to get FCC/CE and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals, that HYQUATOR works in respect with its regulations and in respect with the US Safe Drinking Water Act.
The device works by producing sodium hypochlorite (NaCLO), a chlorine compound, from water and salt, which is said to evaporate within 5 minutes after the process is complete. The HYQUATOR can provide you with safe drinking water while experiencing outdoor life, tracking, camping, but more importantly it can help people in countries where water is contaminated by disease-causing organisms.
An estimated one billion people around the world still have no access to drinking water, and more than one million people die each year, most of them children, by drinking water that contains disease-causing organisms. The highlights of the device’s features is that it can work in water with high levels of suspended solids, color or turbidity, and that it kills or inactivates pathogens within minutes and can disinfect 100 glasses of water on a single battery charge. The HYQUATOR is microprocessor-controlled and will be equipped with sensors to measure environmental parameters such as the total organic carbon in the source water, and the device calculates when the disinfection process is finished and notifies users when the water is safe to drink.
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