by Marc

Surprisingly enough this could well be a contender for my personal “Coolest gadget of 2005″ even though it’s devoid of batteries and blinking lights. Why? Because it’s a stunning example of a simple, well thought out and above all useful application of technology and design.

The lifestraw is a water filter. As with all the best technology though the devil is in the detail. Water filters have been around for years but they’re big, expensive and need constant replacement of the filters.

The lifestraw by comparison is as simple as they come. The filtering is done on demand – you literally put the lifestraw into any handy patch of water and suck through it. The result is clean drinking water in your mouth. For a whole year. For under $5. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The aim is to remove the bacteria that cause diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid, and cholera. Granted it won’t remove heavy metals or industrial contamination but it should be a lifesaver for people in developing nations and if you’re a traveller you could do worse than stick one in your backpack for emergencies.

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Tech Ticker » Blog Archive » Lifestraw can save your life Says: May 30, 2006 at 4:41 am

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[…] the gadgets I like most are those that can bring a real difference to peoples life’s (the life straw for example). The gadget to cross my path the FlareSafe could well be another real life saver. The […]

xXxSHINxXx Says: February 2, 2007 at 12:32 pm

how do i order one if i live in cadillac michigan?

The LifeSaver Bottle filters water on the go » Coolest Gadgets Says: June 2, 2008 at 8:00 am

[…] few years back the Lifestraw was circulating the blogging sphere, actually, it crops up every so often even now.  However, not […]

That guy Says: February 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I hate it when websites drop the whole, “hello stumbler”

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