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Date: 02/03/13 08:38 AM

31 Responses to TED: Michael Pritchard, Life Saver Bottle

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 8:39 am
    Link: TED: Michael Pritchard, Life Saver Bottle - Making clean water to save lives. This device is so incredible, you can use it to filter your own urine.
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    banur Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 10:57 am
    Half a cent per day for three years with 365 days makes just about $547.50.
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    Burgh Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 11:19 am
    When you are Joe Rogan you drink it unfiltered.


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    carmium Female 50-59
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    February 3, 2013 at 11:34 am
    Half a cent per day for three years with 365 days makes just about $5.48.
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    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Someone is pro at math.
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    banur Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    True, those are cents... >_>
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    so, $8 billion for 1/2 the world, but $20 billion for the entire world

    so $2 billion straight to Michael Pritchard?
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    @burgh

    I bet Rogan had an infection after the nostril rinse, using tap water with a netipot (or similar) is a big no-no.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    The solution fails to address the actual problem.

    You can`t get *WATER* to these people, how in the hell do you intend to get them a *WATER FILTER*? The technology already friggin exists. Jesus, you can *Boil* water to sterilize it. Clan water ain`t the issue in the damned desert. NO WATER, is the issue.

    There`s a great market for water filters already, that market is in the 1st World Camping industry. This knucklehead reinvented a solution to a make believe problem. Now, if you design a water desalination system that is cheap, and made of common or readily available components then you might have something.

    For example, using a 1 gallon milk jug turned upside down with the bottom cut off and filled with layers of gravel, charcoal, sand, and clay you can build a reasonably effective water filter and damn near *everyone* has access to that. What they lack is Water.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    darkmagic: Yeah, the math doesn`t seem to add up does it?

    After suggesting the video, I looked up their website, That single bottle is 99pounds +VAT +shipping. The `Jerry can` seems to be the better value at 167pounds. But that is still not "Half a cent per day" no matter how you slice it.

    Having these ready for after a disaster though, one would be worth it`s weight in gold. A truckload of these could save a whole city.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    "After suggesting the video, I looked up their website, That single bottle is 99pounds +VAT +shipping. The `Jerry can` seems to be the better value at 167pounds. But that is still not "Half a cent per day" no matter how you slice it. "

    Well that may be because he didn`t say the initial purchase worked out at that much, he said the `running costs` were half a cent a day - If you are telling someone about the running costs of your car do you include the initial purchase price or what it costs to run day to day?

    That said, a unit £167 pounds for 3 years worth of clean water and then after that presumably cheap because you only have those running costs of new filters? That sounds pretty damn cheap to me.
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    scheckydamon Male 60-69
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    February 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    It can be used on urine in a pinch but it is not recommended because it passes salts and will clog. I hike with one of these in the mountains of North and South Carolina. My daughter does missionary work in the third world and I sleep better knowing she has good water.
    Another alternative to this is called a life straw. Same sort of thing in a straw that is small and light weight. You can drink out of a puddle, stream, or most any source of water. Mainly to make water bacteriologicaly clean which is most of the battle/
    http: //www.vestergaard-frandsen.com /lifestraw
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Listypoos: Still, 99pounds for a bottle made of molded plastic is an extremely steep initial investment and has to be a factor in the overall cost.
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    February 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    It slices!It dices! It does everything you need it to! Why wait!? Buy now...and for the lowlow cost of $125 I`ll throw in not one, not Two, Not THREE...BUT FOUR replacement filters!Call NOw!

    pooty jokes aside it would be neat to see the actual commercial value of the thing, and why not just outfit your neighborhood water supply with afiltered pump that everyone uses?
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    "99pounds for a bottle made of molded plastic is an extremely steep initial investment and has to be a factor in the overall cost."

    Wouldn`t be for me, I have lots of camping equipment that cost more than that, some of my old military gear and some purely civvy stuff that has no where near the benefit of having fresh, drinkable water for so little weight carrying.

    6000 litres of water for an initial outlay of only a hundred quid, and then cheaper after that to just buy filters - like I said, it seems like a good deal to me - a hundred quid to potentially save your life.

    It`s not just places like Africa where this would be life saving - for so little weight to clean water ratio they`d be ideal for life rafts, for passenger plane emergency stores, and the military too for example.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    Listypoos: "..they`d be ideal for life rafts, for passenger plane emergency stores, and the military.."

    I`ll agree with that part, they should be standard equipment for FEMA, The Red Cross and UN aid agencies too. That`s why I suggested the video.
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    Sistarose Female 30-39
    373 posts
    February 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    It really comes across as a sales pitch to me, a good product, but not the only solution. I am reminded of a solution that UNICEF came up with for dealing with a villages drinking supply. It has the added advantage that villages can build it and maintain it themselves. This is something this system lacks, although it is very efficient and well designed it would leave people already struggling dependant on first world aid and manufacturing, not just for the product but the refills as well.
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm
    It can be used on urine in a pinch but it is not recommended because it passes salts and will clog.

    so it probably wouldn`t work too well with ocean water
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    JoexBro Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    Of course it`s really just about selling the product, come on sponsored by GE, one of the big 6. Consume, Buy and Die.
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    JoexBro Male 18-29
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    February 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    I wonder if it filters the flouride out?
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    February 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    OMG the guy has just shown how lives can be saved in starving areas of the world and you guys are arguing whether it`s a sales pitch.
    Like he says at the beginning, Let`s forget about it then, eh?
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    Sistarose Female 30-39
    373 posts
    February 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    Drawman, There are other methods and products, so yes it is just a sales pitch. Honestly am I the only one that got an impression of a vacume cleaner salesman when he kept putting different crap in the water he was going to filter. I am not knocking the product for some uses, as said it would be handy for camping and disaster relief, but it is not going to change the world.
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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2013 at 3:46 am
    Somehow I doubt the RRP on their website represents the amount they would be selling this to (whoever buys it on their behalf) 3rd world countries for..

    Also his presentation would have been far more effective if he had dropped a huge deuce in the tank. Just saying
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    February 4, 2013 at 6:47 am
    This is just a RO pump. I have two at home, plus a lifestraw as backup.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2013 at 6:54 am
    This is more a marvel of marketing than actual technology. The bottle costs $150 and the jerrycan costs $400. The Lifestraw filters up to 1000L of water, and only costs $3.50. Water filtering technology is nothing new.
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    furryblob Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2013 at 7:27 am
    I still won`t drink it.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2013 at 8:44 am
    Or you could get off your asses and build a plumbling system like the rest of the world.
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2013 at 9:31 am
    Somehow I doubt the RRP on their website represents the amount they would be selling this to (whoever buys it on their behalf) 3rd world countries for..

    Also his presentation would have been far more effective if he had dropped a huge deuce in the tank. Just saying
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    MorfeuS Male 18-29
    289 posts
    February 7, 2013 at 7:18 am
    ..as he`s upset by the other people distress,he just go into the garage (and kitchen,it seems)and come up with this little wonder...to help aaaaall those people..the providential good ol` Samaritan,bless hes big hearth
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    Now they just have to slip a contraceptive in there.

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