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The WaterO purifies H2O at the touch of a button

Clean water is a luxury many people in the world don’t have. As time goes on and the world’s clean water supply becomes increasingly precious, more people join that statistic. This makes developing technologies that pursue the purification of water one of the biggest endeavours of the 21st century. But to move a mountain, one has to start with a few rocks: One of those rocks is WaterO.

The WaterO purifier uses the principle of reverse osmosis, a water treatment method that forces untreated water through a semi-permeable membrane to remove contaminants and impurities, to purify 99.9% of the water run through it. Its four filter system captures everything from nitrates, cyanide, and copper, resulting in a crisp glass of water everytime. Its sleek construction sits well on a kitchen countertop and requires no installation, plugging in for power instead.

Smartphones and tablets can interact with WaterO, with its iOS/Android companion app able to analyze exact purity levels, generate water quality reports, or remotely turn the device on or off, while the device itself can remind users to replace its filters or take a swig of H20 to maintain hydration levels.  Potential backers can grab their very own WaterO in one of four colors for $399 while a one year supply of filters goes for $80. Both are estimated to ship June 2016 should the Indiegogo campaign raise $25,000 by April 7th, 2016.

The WaterO looks out for its users both inside and outside the home when it comes to water purity and hydration, making the idea of a related product like the HidrateMe a more intriguing option. Without some sort of connected bottle working with the WaterO, it has a blind spot that it should address if it is eventually funded. In the end, the device is more rigorous than something like the Water Fall, although it’s likely the latter is more than enough to suit most people’s needs.

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