Hacksmith Industries Hacks Reality: Wearable Suit Recycles Sweat into Water

By: | May 25th, 2024

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The YouTube channel Hacksmith Industries, known for creating real-life versions of fictional gadgets, has taken a crack at the coveted “stillsuit” from Frank Herbert’s Dune universe. This prototype suit captures and recycles sweat into drinkable water, ideal for hot and dry environments.

How the Hacksmith Suit Works: A Personal Water Oasis

The Hacksmith suit functions like a personal water oasis. Imagine a waterproof outfit equipped with a heat exchanger on the back, powered by a small battery. This exchanger acts like a cool surface, attracting moisture as the wearer sweats. The condensed water then trickles down into a collection bottle.

Innovative Features: Capturing Every Drop of Water

But Hacksmith doesn’t stop there! To maximize water capture, the suit incorporates a one-way filter mask. Here’s the clever part: exhaled breath, another source of water vapor, is captured by the mask and directed over the condenser, squeezing every last drop of usable water.

The collected moisture then undergoes a multi-stage filtration process to improve taste and potability. Finally, it’s stored in a CamelBak-like bladder for the wearer to consume.

Initial tests by Hacksmith demonstrate the prototype’s functionality. While the water might not be the most refreshing beverage, it’s reported to be comparable to what you’d get from a well-used CamelBak – a promising start!

Future Implications:

This invention by Hacksmith Industries represents a significant step towards wearable water recycling technology. Imagine a future where athletes, hikers in parched landscapes, or even disaster relief workers can generate their own drinking water by simply wearing this suit. It’s a fascinating example of science fiction inspiring real-world solutions for a more sustainable future and a testament to Hacksmith’s ingenuity in bringing fictional concepts to life.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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