Slurp Up Buddy

We tend to associate polluted water problems with under-developed countries and rarely give a thought to how we would cope with a situation when our fully developed city comes under the siege of Mother Nature’s fury! At times like this, contraptions like the Happy Basin for instant purified drinking water can come as a relief. The basin includes nano ceramic filters embedded in the holes at the bottom of the cup that help in the filtration of polluted water. You simply need to push the basin into the water body and let surface tension buoyancy take its course.

Clean, precious water; up for slurps!

Designers: Woo-sik Kim & Duck soo Choi

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Happy Basin – Instant Water Purifier by Woo sik Kim & Duck soo Choi

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73 Comments

  • Declan says:

    brilliant!

  • Jeff says:

    Physics fail, yet again!

    Surface tension doesn’t work like that. Surface tension is something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

    ‘surface tension buoyancy’? Really?

    Wow.

    • Canastrophy says:

      There’s a reason these guys do only industrial design, without having to think if it works or not.

      • Szilveszter Buzasi says:

        Yeah. But the designer guys havte to go one step further than the technologie. Desiners define the solutions for the need. It could be that the solutions do not match with the tech. today, but if an ingenieur look at this page… maybe can say : ” Ah its nice and maybe we can make it work”
        than we won. An ingenieur whatch only the things how they run perfectly, but not further, for them is important how to make better the existing technologie with the given machine.
        This design above is formaly really anice solution I think because with the circle you define you purified little pond.
        By : Sly

  • SuiDepPhaStu says:

    Worthless crap held up by meaningless buzzwords and technobabble.

    I really hope this is the product of a wannabe playing designer and not the actual product of several years in design school. The latter would make me very, very sad.

  • looseroots says:

    eh….you should really do your research before you commit to an idea. (you should also proof-read your presentation material) but aside from the research your design has obvious flaws. assuming that you “gently” place this the basin into the tainted water source, what is stopping the bad water from seeping in? it appears that is perhaps a 1″-1.5″ space where the “good” water is contained in relation to gallons and gallons of “bad” water. all you have to do is look at the construction of a typical boat to understand the principles of buoyancy. my guess is that it would not take much for an individual to apply too much pressure to allow for an overflow.

  • AlienzExist says:

    There is no explanation of how the simple act of pushing down decontaminates the water. Since it only sticks out about an inch, any splash or ripple or wave in the water will run over the edge and into the clean water. You need a way to isolate the clean water, you need to find and explain the technology and process that cleans this water and, finally, you need to proof read or get someone to help you. Because, your first line is “Where are you belong to.” It is a glaring mistake and the first thing i read.

    • Radhika Seth says:

      It’s not necessary that a designer has to be proficient in English Grammar to get his idea across…..

      • jesus says:

        he doesn’t! but when the english is as bad as the ideas! …. or …. the ideas as bad as the english! ….

  • Steven says:

    Awesome concept Woo and Duck. Nice presentation as well.

    For all, with exception of Declant…who are you? and what gives you the right to lash out against aspiring designers? where’s the link to your work?

    Why not ask questions? Make suggestions? Explain surface tension, Jeff. Explain why there may not be enough bouyancy, looseroots. Recognize that everyone doesn’t speak/write in perfect English, AlienzExist.

    Sure, if you have an opinion about something…jot it down. But do unto others….

    Personally, I thought the header along with the image was slightly insensitive.

    • Jeff says:

      Surface tension is a force that a liquid exerts on itself at it’s surface.

      You know how water drops have their particular shape, and not the shape of a square?

      Surface tension pulls it into that shape.

      The surface tension of water isn’t magically going to push it up through the filtration device. You actually need pressure and a force to push it through the filters, which the ‘surface tension buoyancy’ of water isn’t able to provide.

      And just because we’re not designers doesn’t mean we can’t critique. Do movie critics make movies? No.

      Steve… who are you? And what gives you the right to lash out against my critique?

  • b0g3l says:

    interesting…. discussion

  • jesus says:

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    thanks for the laugh!
    kisses

  • jin woo han says:

    문제점이 몇가지 보이긴하지만
    정말 좋은 시도같네요

  • matt says:

    Does anyone else feel that the people of Africa are shamelessly exploited for our renderings of how things could be improved there? Don’t get me wrong, I believe Africa is in dire need of some good design solutions. I think I’m just growing tired of presentation work about Africa that contains polarizing googled images of African people, often poorly photoshopped. I feel it kind of makes light of the plight they face everyday, and could be more thoughfully done.

    • looseroots says:

      regarding the proof-reading comment, whether or not you think it is necessary, it is. its simply pointing out that you didn’t take enough time to refine your presentation. text is very important in presenting a design, as is research. this is a forum to present ideas and in return receive constructive criticism. I don’t believe anyone’s comments were insensitive or harmful.

  • 付 says:

    有点意思..

  • mif991 says:

    Having a kid drink off this like an animal is bad marketing. If the design works, (and I doubt that, since it seems like wishful thinking) you are destroying the chance of success by marketing it this way.

    • Adam says:

      I agree – how disgustingly offensive

      • b0g3l says:

        I believe the designer doesn’t design it so it would be ‘disgustingly offensive’. Comments should be in forms of useful critics. bashing the idea uselessly won’t improve anything in any way

    • yj says:

      I am not sure if people drink water in a manner displayed on the picture.
      Derogative image it is.

  • says:

    有点意思..

  • ZeroWing says:

    All your base are belong to us!

  • spandana says:

    hmmm… i think… its a good iddea, just needs some more work, evrything improves as time passes.

  • John McCloud says:

    Something neither the designers nor their critics address is water testing to determine if the device works or not. Without test results, both the designers’ claims and the critics counterarguments remain purely theoretical.

  • LOLOLOLOLOL says:

    Hello I come from Africa…I seem to be unable to afford clean water…Of course I can afford “nano-ceramic filters”…Why I have at least 100 of them lying around my shanty…I am glad my “nano-ceramic” filters can perform miracles…I truly appreciate the fact that they can remove particulate solids, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides, bacteria and viruses and they never clog up…Also my “nano-ceramic” filters seem to work so fast and efficiently, normal filtering either takes ages because the pore size is so small or one must use a ton of filtering substrate to get the job done fast…Not so with “nano-ceramic” filters only a thin layer is required

    FAIL!

  • Berti van Rensburg says:

    This device, does it also make ocean water drinkable? .

    If I can find another 4 fellow crazies, I would like to take a walk around Africa and believe me the English language is pretty useless in Africa. The requirements of the nuts are French, Arabian, Portugese and Spanish. I can manage German, Afrikaans and English.

    If it works and can double as a hat, let me know where I can get five.

  • aaaardwolf says:

    Might be good for the designers to also improve their photoshop skills before they try marketing this further.

  • Lynda says:

    And what exactly is this little device supposed to filter out????????
    Bacteria, virus’ bilharzia?
    Any paperwork anywhere?

  • Giovanni says:

    That’s the difference between designers and engineers. An engineer would look at that and say “Why the fuck dont you just make those magic holes in a bucket and do a mechanism to close the holes when you already have some water inside?” Since you would have to push the basin into the water anyway, it would make much more sense having a larger container than something that could barely hold half a liter.

    Poor countries need solutions, not good looking objects. It would be cheaper and more useful to make those holes in a bucket.

  • mrstone says:

    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abhishek says:

    WOW amazing product 2 min back i received a email in which this product was there and i am so happy to see that such products helping so many poor people whom have been drinking soiled mix or sand mix water from years which is really harmfull ….people who have degisned it i would like to heartly thank them and also would like to get information how this product can be provided to poor people in India who are still drinking much soil contaminated water ..

    all best regards to you team

  • ere says:

    sick invenshions
    man

  • Luís Coentro says:

    Please stop trying put a function in a shape. Remember the role “the shape depend on the function and the function is the answer to the problem”

  • Luís Coentro says:

    Please stop trying put a function in a shape. Remember the role “the shape depend on the function and the function is the answer to the problem”

  • charles says:

    I’m sorry, this is just not good. It’s just a bit childish. Don’t stop designing! Just learn a little more about the way the world works (physics, engineering, chemistry). It will make your designs better.

  • eddy Safari says:

    Eddy safari
    I think the design term get something out of people’s comments’

  • eddy Safari says:

    Eddy safari
    I think the design term get something out of people’s comments’

  • Tanvir says:

    Nice Idea

    If you allow i want to prototype testing of your product in Bangladesh

    I look forward from you soon

  • Tanvir says:

    Nice Idea

    If you allow i want to prototype testing of your product in Bangladesh

    I look forward from you soon

  • Brian says:

    Obviously this concept has some serious flaws. But these guys have spent their time trying to solve a really important issue. It really annoys me to see people giving non-constructive feedback.

    The fact alone that the designers have come up with an (admittedly flawed) concept to help the developing world should be enough for you guys to take the time to give constructive feedback rather than just aimlessly insult their idea. Even if they don’t know what you’re on about when you talk about the workings of surface tension, buoyancy control etc if you give them the feedback they’re 1000 times more likely to follow up on it then the vast majority of us seeing as they’re the ones spending their time trying to help the world and all you lot are the ones spending your time shooting them down for it.
    If nothing else this concept offers inspiration for other inventors. All those comments who simply slate the designers offer nothing more than a depressing insight into the poster’s character.

    • REPLIED says:

      sorry, but this is so bad and non-functional that it deserves the previously gotten comment-punishment. Maybe it should rather have been the whip!
      If nobody ever tells them that they suck, and that this is beyond stupidity they will never know. and please, do not let it be an inspiration for other designers!!! please!
      this showed up again after a long time … god this is bad! … i had forgotten.

  • Brian says:

    Obviously this concept has some serious flaws. But these guys have spent their time trying to solve a really important issue. It really annoys me to see people giving non-constructive feedback.

    The fact alone that the designers have come up with an (admittedly flawed) concept to help the developing world should be enough for you guys to take the time to give constructive feedback rather than just aimlessly insult their idea. Even if they don’t know what you’re on about when you talk about the workings of surface tension, buoyancy control etc if you give them the feedback they’re 1000 times more likely to follow up on it then the vast majority of us seeing as they’re the ones spending their time trying to help the world and all you lot are the ones spending your time shooting them down for it.
    If nothing else this concept offers inspiration for other inventors. All those comments who simply slate the designers offer nothing more than a depressing insight into the poster’s character.

    • REPLIED says:

      sorry, but this is so bad and non-functional that it deserves the previously gotten comment-punishment. Maybe it should rather have been the whip!
      If nobody ever tells them that they suck, and that this is beyond stupidity they will never know. and please, do not let it be an inspiration for other designers!!! please!
      this showed up again after a long time … god this is bad! … i had forgotten.

  • SUe says:

    I agree this design is bad. The intention might be laudable and usually i try to let it be since designers have the right to do as they want. But this time as has been already pointed out the practicability, price and cost effectiveness and the physics and technology is all lacking. And dont somebody tell me that an engineer will come round and fix the technology> laws of physics can be directly changed or broken or bent (this is not the matrix) for any filtration to occur at a useful rate through your nano-ceramic membranes you would need a high level of pressure, because the way i see it the pores would have to be extremely small to be able to filter out pesticides molecules or atoms of heavy metals les be realist these would be better removed using some type of adsorption on a static phase and it would never fir in a thin wafer like shown in the above design. Like i said laudable approach but a lack of sufficient consideration for possible (logical) technological development.

  • David says:

    NEVER EVER LET THIS PERSON DESIGN ANYTHING EVER AGAIN.

  • FAIL x 3 says:

    If it is purely design, it fails because the it's too shallow; it don't allow pouring of the water; it needs too much of the *magical* nanoceramic filter which is obviously going to cost *mega* dollars to fabricate; it has not handles to manipulate and not contaminate the *clean* water…

    If it is an actual invention, it fails because the science does not back up the *magical* properties it claims.

    If it is a way to procure investments from rich fools, it should fail too. But it might not. Herein lies the tragedy.

  • FAIL x 3 says:

    If it is purely design, it fails because the it's too shallow; it don't allow pouring of the water; it needs too much of the *magical* nanoceramic filter which is obviously going to cost *mega* dollars to fabricate; it has not handles to manipulate and not contaminate the *clean* water…

    If it is an actual invention, it fails because the science does not back up the *magical* properties it claims.

    If it is a way to procure investments from rich fools, it should fail too. But it might not. Herein lies the tragedy.

  • Rafael says:

    I have a way to make this work, I would like to know if you let me use your design?

  • Rafael says:

    I have a way to make this work, I would like to know if you let me use your design?

  • critic says:

    PPL, it is start.
    how many of you considering to even think about drinking same quality of water those kids are drinking everyday.
    only if you do, then you will appreciate at least of their idea.
    again, its start. instead of criticise them, we should encourage them to improve better.

    think, when you are washing with good drinking water, these kids are barely able to drink any water.

    put your situation in the africa where you are forced to drink same quality as these kids. even 10% better then what they has, its better than nothing.

    be thankful and support.

  • Aaron W says:

    Poor design, many errors. One of the biggest problems with unclean water is the microbes. A “filter” cannot just get rid of these. There is just too much design to be practical for these people who are literally starving. Over there what gets the job done is rugged, and works.

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