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Pure Water Bottle

Bad water can be as deadly as no water at all, and scientists and designers alike are searching for portable, affordable, and sustainable methods of converting dirty water from a lake, stream, or puddle into something potable. While traveling in Zambia, designer Timothy Whitehead was inspired to develop a simpler and faster way of sterilizing water than the traditional method of waiting 30 minutes for a chlorine or iodine tablet to work. The result of Whitehead’s research is Pure, a water bottle that provides clean drinking water in just two minutes using a wind-up, ultraviolet light to sterilize the water quickly without any distortion to taste common with the use of chlorine or iodine tablets. While ideal for third world countries, the bottle could also be used by hikers, the military, or anytime someone is in a remote location. To get clean water, the user first fills the bottle’s outer chamber with dirty water, which is then plunged (much like a coffee press) and filtered. The clear water is then sterilized for 90 seconds using a …

Plumen Lightbulb

I have seen a lot of unusual lightbulb designs, but this one falls into a new category. The producers of the award-winning, energy-efficient Plumen, hope that the bulb’s appealing form will be a more attractive option than the standard (and unpopular) swirly CFL design. Designed by Samuel Wilkinson and U.K.-based Hulger, Plumen uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer than incandescent bulbs. In May, Plumen announced the availability of the Plumen 001, a 110 volt bulb that works in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and many other countries around the world. The only problem will be deciding if you want to cover it with a shade it or not — I am guessing it is more likely not. Plumen is a finalist in this year’s INDEX:Award, so check back here in September to see if it’s a winner. Images courtesy of the INDEX:Award