WaTalk the water quality tester: great idea that needs help to really maximize the potential for steadily monitored drinking water in a cup.
The folks at The Wave Talk have summed up our worst fears in a single, concise statement:
“IS IT REALLY SAFE TO DRINK THAT WATER?”
Their invention, the WaTalk cup, measures the turbidity of the water within its depths in 15 seconds!
What is ‘turbidity’ you ask? Hell, I had no idea.
But apparently it is a real overall measurement for water plants, most of which are only considered safe with the turbidity being less than .3 NTUs.
Turbidity is exactly what we need to monitor the 21st century zombie apocalypse streams, and ponds, that we come upon while traveling past migrating hordes of hungry brain-eaters.
Pollutants, bacteria, and dangerous chemicals make up the turbidity, and with a cup like this you can check your tap water, the fridge water filter you pretended to change the past three years while you hit the reset button instead, and that expensive Hollywood bottled water of the day, smart, dumb or otherwise named.
To break down what is fit for drinking into four LED colors that show in less than a minute is a feat!
The WaTalk is extremely impressive for the simplicity and effectiveness featured.
A hundred dollars and you can know for sure how nasty that garden hose water has been for all these many years dating back to when we lived off it as a kid (or as a lazy adult a week ago).
Now portable devices for measuring water quality can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, so this Kickstarter being less than a hundred beans seems like a steal.
WaTalk has met its goal with five days to stretch it, but there are caveats to this gadget.
I happen to be a big water drinker. I drink a ton of water all day, and aside from AM coffee, it is often all I drink.
Good ole H2O.
So naturally I avoid water bottles, I actually change the water filter in the fridge (I swear), and I would want to know how effective that filtration system is daily.
Here is the caveat: the WeTalk is rechargeable (it takes two hours to fully load up on juice) and is listed as being made good for 300 charges.
If this thing lasts a day of testing, then mine is dead in less than a year.
If it lasts a few days on a charge, then I may get a couple years out of it.
I think if battery packs and solar and/or crank power stations or accessories could be mixed in so a long camping trip through the jungle to Incan ruins can keep this bad boy running then it would truly be a remarkable, world class, zombie-proof invention.