Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Weird Bike Wednesday - The Aquaduct

The Aquaduct is a water purifier & transporter device
Here is a very odd-looking yet practical bike. It's called the Aquaduct because it is designed to transport and filter water for people in developing countries without a reliable source of clean drinking water. In between the rear wheels is a large, 20 gallon tank, which the user fills up at the well or other source. While pedaling the bike home, water is pumped from the large tank in the rear through a filter, and up to the small (2 gallon) tank in front. Once back home, there is a lever which can be moved to disengage the rear wheels, allowing the user to filter additional water while the bike is stationary.

The design is quite ingenious and won a prize in Google's 2007 "Innovate or Die" contest for a pedal-powered machine. Unfortunately, it looks like it never went into production. The latest post on their blog is dated 2008.

Here's a video about the Aquaduct:

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