Seven Questions for Kristof Retezár : Designer of the Fontus Bottle
Kristof Retezár is the man behind the Fontus bottle
He is an Industrial Designer from the University of Applied Arts, in Vienna, Austria.
His design won him a James Dyson award and has garnered much attention on the internet.
We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the Fontus bottle:
C: In short, What is Fontus?
K: Fontus is a self-filling water bottle.
It is a device you can mount on your bike and collect water from the air.
C: What inspired Fontus?
Where did the idea come from and what technology precedes it?
(As far as I know there aren’t many other consumer products like it)
C: What parts will need to be replaced?
C: Does the Fontus only work with a bike? If so, please explain.
(I’ve only seen it attached to a bike, I’m curious would it work on the dashboard or roof of my car?)
We also developed other products that don’t need a bike, are bigger in size and heavier but static.
C: If the Fontus was enlarged could it produce more water?
I.E. Is it possible to make a “rooftop” Fontus for a house that could produce enough water for a shower? Or a building size Fontus that could irrigate an entire crop field?
K: If you want to produce more water you need in the first place more energy.
Then you would also need more space/condensing surface.
A fontus that produces more water would rather need a more reliable and strong energy source.
Of course you could expand and adapt the system for other needs.
C: Is this project currently being crowd funded? Links?
K: We are currently considering crowdfunding. But haven’t decided yet.
We are also looking for investors or partners willing to support this project financially
C: When do you expect Fontus to be available to purchase?
K: I couldn’t say when it will be available.
We are planning a development stage and go into production as soon as possible.
There are many people already waiting for Fontus to be for sale!
C: Is there anything else you would like to add about the Fontus?
K: I would like to mention my current partner, an electrotechnician who helped me in the early stages of the development: Bojan Masirevic.