Remember that machine in Waterworld that turned Kevin Costner’s pee into drinkable water? Well now Sweden has created a machine that will turn Kevin Costner’s sweat into drinkable water. In fact, this machine is so incredible, it will turn anyone’s sweat into a cool glass of liquid refreshment.
Yes, every weight cutting session by wrestlers and MMA fighters can now help impoverished children around the world sooth their parched lips, and I hope Dana White or athletic commissions bring in these machines that turn sweaty clothes into cups of water immediately. UNICEF is behind the machine, and it’s starting its tour in Sweden to bring eyeballs to the fact that 780 million human beings on this planet don’t have clean water to drink, and they are hoping this machine can help the situation. Albeit in a roundabout way.
Engineer Andreas Hammar is behind the creation of the machine, and he’s revealed that a water purification component developed by a company called HVR with Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology is the key to this device working properly and turning the sweat into a drinkable beverage everyone can enjoy.
This is what Hammar told the BBC:
“It uses a technique called membrane distillation,” “We use a substance that’s a bit like Gortex that only lets steam through but keeps bacteria, salts, clothing fibers and other substances out.
“They have something similar on the [International] Space Station to treat astronaut’s urine – but our machine was cheaper to build. “The amount of water it produces depends on how sweaty the person is – but one person’s T-shirt typically produces 10ml [0.3oz], roughly a mouthful.”
Ultimately, the head-honcho behind the advertising agency showing off the machine, Mattias Ronge, thinks it definitely has limitations, and the machine won’t be saving the world:
“People haven’t produced as much sweat as we hoped – right now the weather in Gothenburg is lousy, so we’ve installed exercise bikes alongside the machine and volunteers are cycling like crazy. Even so, the demand for sweat is greater than the supply. And the machine will never be mass produced – there are better solutions out there such as water purifying pills.”
Well that’s a slight bummer. And it should be added: I haven’t found any video of people using the machine. What is this, 1998?