A Jacket for Drinking Rainwater
Imagine a future in which our clothes can filter and store rainwater, letting us take a sip whenever we want. That future may not be too far away. As part of a school project, two students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design designed Raincatch, a coat that does exactly that.
The jacket consists of what looks like a complex system of tubes, but the creators insist the coat's design is really quite simple: Its collects the rainwater, which then runs down the jacket's back, passing through tubes to get purified by charcoal filters and a chemical process. (It’s safe to assume the project received zero funding from the bottled-water industry.)
Impressively, the entire project, from idea to completion, was done in a mere two weeks. Joshua Noble and Hyeona Yang, the jacket's co-creators, say that access to clean drinking water is “one of the most important issues for the 21st century.” With the hiker, nomad, or “momentarily infrastructure-independent wanderer” in mind, they set out to create a “simple and minimalist” solution.
Will Raincatch be appearing in stores anytime soon? Don’t count on it: Noble and Yang currently have no plans to mass-produce their coat.