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The eco machine that can magic water out of thin air | Environment | The Observer

The company, Element Four, has developed a machine that it hopes will become the first mainstream household appliance to have been invented since the microwave. Their creation, the WaterMill, uses the electricity of about three light bulbs to condense moisture from the air and purify it into clean drinking water.

It works by drawing air through filters to remove dust and particles, then cooling it to just below the temperature at which dew forms. The condensed water is passed through a self-sterilising chamber that uses microbe-busting UV light to eradicate any possibility of Legionnaires’ disease or other infections. Finally, it is filtered and passed through a pipe to the owner’s fridge or kitchen tap.

OK, there’s the filtering and the UV sterilization, but this is pretty much what the gadget in my basement has been doing for a long time. I wonder if I could just run its output through one of the serious camping drip filters instead of down the slop sink. Or would I get slapped for patent infringement?

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