Fruity Water Gate

This project is completely apolitical. It IS literally a gate of water. This project goes by the name of “Water Shade” and keeps a shield of H2O around the fruit it is sworn to protect. It’s both a dish and a cover, working with water to keep freshness in and everything larger than Oxygen OUT! Designer Yitu Wang doesn’t want to keep you from your delicious apples though, so there’s a built in detector that sees your hand in approach, and thus is does desist.

Moisture is locked in. Freshness is locked in. Flies are locked out. Dust is locked out. And when you come up and decide you’d love to have a strawberry, as soon as your hand gets near, the streams in that area stop. You’ll remain dry. How very keen!

Designer: Yitu Wang

Water Shade by Yitu Wang

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257 Comments

  • reality says:

    err greenhouse?

    • the goo says:

      errr how stupid are you, did you actually read what it is, a green house is a building or structure built out of GLASS,

      • sigh says:

        i love the people that wait for the first opportunity to stroke their Epeens

    • the goo says:

      errr how stupid are you, did you actually read what it is, a green house is a building or structure built out of GLASS,

      • sigh says:

        i love the people that wait for the first opportunity to stroke their Epeens

    • More exactly it is a Germ Collector ( because you want to spray your food with loads of bacteria , dust and H2CO3 disolved in the water fountain)

    • More exactly it is a Germ Collector ( because you want to spray your food with loads of bacteria , dust and H2CO3 disolved in the water fountain)

  • Annie says:

    nifty

  • Todd says:

    That is the coolest thing! Great concept.

  • Has it gone beyond concept ?

    • obviously it cant cince it is fundamentally flawed . O2 in and CO2 out? it is the opposite ! CO2 is higly soluble in water producing H2CO3 ( an acid)

    • obviously it cant cince it is fundamentally flawed . O2 in and CO2 out? it is the opposite ! CO2 is higly soluble in water producing H2CO3 ( an acid)

  • Claudia says:

    Looks cool but I doubt it will work as on a warm day the water will evaporate.

    • Twice says:

      I respectfully disagree with you and agree with the man that called you a slut.

    • Twice says:

      I respectfully disagree with you and agree with the man that called you a slut.

    • Captainllama says:

      Disagreement is one thing, offensive profanity another. Have you no idea of how to convey a point in a civilised way? I also happen to think you are wrong, moving water evaporates at a faster rate due to increased surface area through turbulence and disrupted surface tension. Learn some physics, and while you're about it, some manners too.

      • Sienna says:

        What about hoses? Those dont evaporate as they're pouring. same concept?

        • Danany says:

          Are we talking about a long period of time, or a short period of time? Hoses – Usually used to fill something up. Approx 5 – 10 minutes. Large quantities of water doesn't evaporate that fast. Now for this. You are probably going to be letting it sit. All day, and all night. Usually for days.. Obviously a lot more time to evaporate 😀

    • travis says:

      water doesn't evaporate that fast…duh

    • travis says:

      water doesn't evaporate that fast…duh

    • Ben Salehi says:

      Of course this comment comes from a female

    • Ben Salehi says:

      Of course this comment comes from a female

    • someone says:

      I bow to you for inventing a new Internet meme. “I doubt it will work as on a warm day the water will evaporate”. Right up there with “first!” and “‘shopped! I can tell from the pixels”.

    • hammer says:

      water in movement doesnt evaporate that fast

  • Rod Farva says:

    A concept is a concept, there is no way in hell this would actually work. Instead of making 3d concepts, make actual products. Maybe then it will get picked up and not laughed at.

    • bird says:

      say car ramrod!

    • bird says:

      say car ramrod!

    • Ben P says:

      If we only designed things we know would work then all design would have been done and dusted a LONG time ago. I'm sure you work on "actual" products but I dread to think how empty that process is if you don't take time for flights of fancy.

      If you don't like concepts, probably best not to look at Yanko. I think Yanko can only benefit from that arrangement and the rest of us can carry on enjoying people's work whilst providing constructive feedback.

      Maybe one of these ideas will spark something brilliant, until then I'm happy for the break in designing real products to see what the next generation are readying for us.

    • Ben P says:

      If we only designed things we know would work then all design would have been done and dusted a LONG time ago. I'm sure you work on “actual” products but I dread to think how empty that process is if you don't take time for flights of fancy.

      If you don't like concepts, probably best not to look at Yanko. I think Yanko can only benefit from that arrangement and the rest of us can carry on enjoying people's work whilst providing constructive feedback.

      Maybe one of these ideas will spark something brilliant, until then I'm happy for the break in designing real products to see what the next generation are readying for us.

    • Zoey says:

      So you're saying to not have an imagination?

    • Zoey says:

      So you're saying to not have an imagination?

    • Andrew says:

      Every design starts with a concept and I have seen this done with a public fountain so it is possible.

    • Andrew says:

      Every design starts with a concept and I have seen this done with a public fountain so it is possible.

    • youme says:

      The people laughing are the ones who won't make a difference.

    • youme says:

      The people laughing are the ones who won't make a difference.

    • Heng says:

      Back to those days who think we can fly?
      If at that moment all of us think as how you think,
      there will be no aircraft like what we have right now.

    • Heng says:

      Back to those days who think we can fly?
      If at that moment all of us think as how you think,
      there will be no aircraft like what we have right now.

    • nam1ksblog says:

      Thats a stupid idea. Leonardo da Vinci designed tons a things that were impossible to make at his time, and we made them today, so guess wat? concepts just pwned u!

      • Sienna says:

        if no one imagined things that seem in possible we would get stuck in one way of doing things we'd still be riding horseback! you think the people who invented the car, the airplane!, didn't get shit for being crazy from their peers?

    • nam1ksblog says:

      Thats a stupid idea. Leonardo da Vinci designed tons a things that were impossible to make at his time, and we made them today, so guess wat? concepts just pwned u!

      • Sienna says:

        if no one imagined things that seem in possible we would get stuck in one way of doing things we'd still be riding horseback! you think the people who invented the car, the airplane!, didn't get shit for being crazy from their peers?

    • engineer says:

      Bullshit
      This could easily work, it's basically just a type of water fountain.

    • engineer says:

      Bullshit
      This could easily work, it's basically just a type of water fountain.

    • joey says:

      To me this looks like it could work easily, like a homemade one wouldn't be hard besides the censor stopper.

    • joey says:

      To me this looks like it could work easily, like a homemade one wouldn't be hard besides the censor stopper.

  • sinuic says:

    I think this is brillant !
    Do you think you can make it portable to go on picnic, with lithium-ion battery maybe ?
    You made my day- showing how much hope there is on this planet.
    Dont listen to Rod- keep going with 3D- think of going to movie entertainment

    • Diogo says:

      to a pic nic device should be really great and if u put some solar power helping u will have a extra source of power.

      great concept, keep on going, now its engineers task to make it possible;)

      for me, the worst problem i found on this concept is that u need a perfectly horizontal surface to make it work.

      keep on going

    • Diogo says:

      to a pic nic device should be really great and if u put some solar power helping u will have a extra source of power.

      great concept, keep on going, now its engineers task to make it possible;)

      for me, the worst problem i found on this concept is that u need a perfectly horizontal surface to make it work.

      keep on going

  • Joey says:

    Great Concept! I love it. only flaw i see its that the water would pour out if placed on an uneven surface.

    • fairway says:

      who would set fruit on an uneven surface

    • fairway says:

      who would set fruit on an uneven surface

    • Shade says:

      If the vent that the water goes into were made wider or shaped in a way that would prevent spillage that problem could be pretty easily remidied though. 🙂

    • Shade says:

      If the vent that the water goes into were made wider or shaped in a way that would prevent spillage that problem could be pretty easily remidied though. 🙂

  • Hank says:

    Basically – put your fruit in a bowl of water.

    I like it.

  • Mark says:

    I hate all the concepts people come up with. Don’t just come up with the idea and make a 3D model of it, make a crude prototype, it’s more interesting and way more effective in catching people’s attention.

    • Wowsers says:

      Everything starts here, with a concept. Sometimes you need backing to get to the next step. There is no reason that designers can’t put their ideas out there for other to see and possibly for investors to consider backing so that prototypes and whatsits can be made. Beside not all designers are inventors and visa versa.

      • Igor says:

        An industrial designer *has* to be an inventor. Whether that means making up patents, or using things and materials in ways nobody thought of using them before is irrelevant, but if a designer doesn’t invent, he/she is useless or just a an artist with a knack for 3D modeling.

        Furthermore, design should be used to make our lives better, to enrich us, and to do that with minimum material and energy efforts. Exchanging plastic bowl cover for a collection of lights, motors, pumps, sensors, is not clever design, it’s just a waste of production time and energy.

        I’m not saying things like this shouldn’t be thought of, they should, lateral thinking is the only way to get variety in design today, but it should stay within the walls of the university it was thought of, or encouraged to be ‘designed’. This site should, by now recognize things that are good design, and this fails to be so under every category.

      • Lacey says:

        Thank you, someone that isn’t so judgemental. Geez.
        To come up with a 3D concept? What’s the harm in that? You don’t HAVE to be an inventor, unless you want to be a complete pro.
        Either way, I’m not so sure how this would work out…putting fruit in a bowl of water could probably work too, but people need to stop being such assholes about it.

        • milK says:

          Besides you seeing this concept wrong (it isn’t the same as putting it in a bowl of water, it protects the product by making a shield of water, the water itself probably hardly touches the product). An industrial designer does need to be an inventer if he tries to market it’s product from a freelance basis at least, wich is basically what this guy is doing.

    • CtrlAltDelete says:

      What a way to rant, Mark.

    • Doug says:

      It's much easier to post a concept and then let someone else pay you for the privilege of doing the heavy lifting

      • Lilly says:

        lol, make someone else do the hard work

      • Shade says:

        Just like its much easier to post a douchey comment on the internet than take time to think of a well thought out response! 😀

        Not everyone who has a good idea has the technical skills, schooling, or materials to make their concepts a reality. This is simply a post explaining a concept but apparently there was enough information on this one single page that you know the designer intimately enough to relay their thoughts to the rest of us, so thank you so much for your input, however your existance is useless.

        Good night, and good luck.

    • Doug says:

      It's much easier to post a concept and then let someone else pay you for the privilege of doing the heavy lifting

      • Lilly says:

        lol, make someone else do the hard work

      • Shade says:

        Just like its much easier to post a douchey comment on the internet than take time to think of a well thought out response! 😀

        Not everyone who has a good idea has the technical skills, schooling, or materials to make their concepts a reality. This is simply a post explaining a concept but apparently there was enough information on this one single page that you know the designer intimately enough to relay their thoughts to the rest of us, so thank you so much for your input, however your existance is useless.

        Good night, and good luck.

  • IAmThatStrange says:

    I’m anxious to see it realized. The point about evaporation is true but for a short period, say a lunch, I’m sure it’s large enough to hold enough water.

    People, concepts have to start somewhere… more often than not paper (or computer) before they become an actual physical item.

    It may never be realized but is a great idea and great ideas can lead to other great ideas.

    Nice!

    • I’m worried about the practicalities of a design like this. Can we really control the flow of water to that precise of a degree? As far as I know, the answer is “no,” which means that a working prototype would be needed as a real proof-of-concept.

      It is a neat idea, though. I wonder if air might work better than water. Currently, airshields are used to gate doorways and other entry areas from bugs and dust. They don’t need a precise pick-up, they don’t contribute to mold growth, and they can get all over fruit without issue. You wouldn’t even need to stop the flow for probing hands.

      The ripple pattern in the top image has me very concerned about whether or not the designer understands the practical limitations of the medium. That’s not even close to what would happen if you touched a cascading laminar flow.

      • FizzleMuffins says:

        I’ve actually seen a lot of fountains with similar dome-shaped water sprays. That’s probably where the inventor got the inspiration. Also, I’m sure the ripple pattern is just to show that the water is there in the model.

      • FizzleMuffins says:

        Apologies, I was looking at the wrong picture.. The ripple pattern you were really talking about isn’t the water, that’s to show the sensor picking up on the hand,

      • KhrsKing says:

        While an air shield may be more practical, it is possible that the water would add an artistic side to it. With the water, this would bemuch nicer to look upon.

      • KhrsKing says:

        While an air shield may be more practical, it is possible that the water would add an artistic side to it. With the water, this would bemuch nicer to look upon.

    • nam1ksblog says:

      water wouldn't evaporate if only in the air for a second, would it?

    • nam1ksblog says:

      water wouldn't evaporate if only in the air for a second, would it?

  • Sharpshootingusopp says:

    What about insects? Would they be large enough to trigger the sensor, and would they be kept out by the water at all? That’s my only concern with this, other than that, it’s a great consept, would definately consider buying it if it becomes commercially available.

  • JBantha says:

    have you ever put a spoon under a water jet?

  • Elegant. I would buy it.

  • Emordnilap says:

    Er….. With all the moisture surrounding the fruit, though, wouldn’t it get mildewy?

  • linuxamp says:

    Neat idea but the water would pickup dust and other particles in the air. If some of that splashes on the fruits it might be worse.

  • Skyrill says:

    awesome, are these on sale?

  • igazbin says:

    I saw this for sale on tv late at night. It’s only $19.95. But Wait! That’s not all.

  • upyer says:

    Good concept – when is it due in the shops?

  • paul says:

    that is real product…
    is that new concept? oh~~~~my…

    keep learning for you.

    When you study design…have you got design rule?

    do not copy! Design is creative work!

  • MIKEY says:

    I NEED ONE NOW!
    PRICE?
    PLACE?
    PREDICTED LAUNCH DATE?
    PLEASE YITU WANG.

  • quantum says:

    I like the design, but there are a few problems:
    -because the water is acting as the sheild, it would pick up all of the dust, dirt and bacteria in the air and soon become dirty, and if were to touch the food would soil the clean fruit
    – The food is surrounded by water, meaning it would be moist which would cause the food to spoil faster
    -The design emphasises that it would keep other things out while letting oxygen in, which is the opposite of what you want because a good source of oxygen would speed decomposition
    -On warm days water would evaporate quickly and one would constantly have to refill it, which is a waste of clean water. Clean water is something we shouldn’t waste considering many parts of the world lack large amounts of it and it is a chalange to find it.
    -You wouldn’t want to move it around to much because you would risk spilling the water
    Ultimatly with all of the problems with moisture and oxygen leading to shorter life of the food and the waste of a precious resource, it would be easier, cheaper, and more benificial to simply place the fruit in a refrigerator.

    • Alex says:

      the water could be circulated through a filter cleaning out any dust

      it's a shade of water which wouldnt make the fruit any more moist than the humidity in the air

      there will be no better source of oxygen with the product than without the product so another point voided

      evaporation would not be that big of an issue, i dont worry about my glass of water evaporating when it sits on my nightstand all night

      again, i dont refrain from moving a glass of water out of fear of spilling it

      so which of these points are valid? new ideas should be applauded not denounced as they are the gateway to all new inventions. this product seems pretty slick to me

      • quantum says:

        A, i wouldn't want to pay to constantly buy new filters, so that point is still valid

        the shade of water would evaporate forming aditional vator vapor inside leading to additional humidity, leading to increased decomposition, another point still valid

        and a water dish for my cat is constantly lossing water from evaporation (no its isnt from them drinking because even when they are out side it is still loosing water at a crazy rate) yet another point still valid

        ohh and the oxygen thing, its called a plastic bag, it would prevent more oxygen from getting to it. valid again

        so how many points are still valid after all? looks like all of them

        • Alec says:

          cool story bro

        • Aoh says:

          If your cat's water dish is evaporating “at a crazy rate” there is something a little more wrong there…… By the time enough water evaporates so that you would need to replace some of it, your fruit will be starting to go bad anyways. Water doesn't evaporate that fast.

  • quantum says:

    I like the design but there are a number of problems:

    – As the water flows around the system it would become dirty, why would you protect the fruit with dirty water? Adding filters just increase complexity and the price as the user would have to replace them and buy new ones, constantly adding more clean water is a waste considering clean water is something that people in many parts of the world are lacking.

    -Surrounding the fruit by water creates a moist environment inside which would speed the decomposition of the food by leading to things such as mold

    -the design emphasizes how it allows oxygen the easily enter which is the last thing you would want, as it too would speed decomposition especially when mixed with the moist environment.

    -water would constantly be evaporating out of it meaning you would constantly have to add more. Clean water is a very valuble resource that shouldn’t be wasted, there are parts of the world where clean water required to survive is extremely hard to find.

    • quantum says:

      Woops, sorry for posting that twice, when i tried the first time my computer said it didn’t post so i postet it again but i guess my computer was wrong!

    • alex says:

      oh and maybe we should cover all of our fresh water lakes with an impermeable layer to prevent all of that valuable water from getting away via evaporation…

      • quantum says:

        this design wastes water for no point besides speeding decomposition

        • fairway says:

          how long would you have the fruit in it? most lasts for days just sitting out on the counter. This device looks like a party favor, not intended for long term storage. I mean I buy my fruit to eat it, you would have to be an idiot to just let it "decompose" regardless of where you put it.

          • quantum says:

            I know, its just some thing thats pointless beyond use as a party favor, something that is useless to actually store food in.

      • quantum says:

        this design wastes water for no point besides speeding decomposition

        • fairway says:

          how long would you have the fruit in it? most lasts for days just sitting out on the counter. This device looks like a party favor, not intended for long term storage. I mean I buy my fruit to eat it, you would have to be an idiot to just let it “decompose” regardless of where you put it.

          • quantum says:

            I know, its just some thing thats pointless beyond use as a party favor, something that is useless to actually store food in.

  • jaulino says:

    i like people thinking out of the box.thats how we move forward. i thinks its very cool.my cat would love it.but i am all for new concepts.the lightbulb was a new concept at one time.

    • Igor says:

      The lighbulb, was a useful, new concept at that time.

      • fairway says:

        every invention has a use. To scoff at any invention, based on its usefulness is the wrong way to go about it. Instead you should be trying to figure out a way to make them more useful.

      • fairway says:

        every invention has a use. To scoff at any invention, based on its usefulness is the wrong way to go about it. Instead you should be trying to figure out a way to make them more useful.

  • qwan says:

    I really don’t know why would anyone want to use something that requires a battery when a glass lid would do an equally good job?
    Make it airtight and there goes.
    I don’t think oxygen passes through water the way it is described in the concept.
    Like someone already pointed out. This will work only on a flat surface a little tilt and the water would spill out.
    Also if you want to move it around the table or shift it you will have to shut it off.

    • Andre says:

      If you're close enough to touch it, you're close enough to trigger the sensor that does turn it off.

    • Andre says:

      If you're close enough to touch it, you're close enough to trigger the sensor that does turn it off.

  • Lem says:

    very clever!!!

  • angel says:

    How do I buy it?

  • CtrlAltDelete says:

    What a way to rant, Mark.

  • Peter V says:

    Please send me the price and where to buy

    thank you .

  • Peter V says:

    Please send me the price and where to buy

    thank you .

  • quantum says:

    A, i wouldn't want to pay to constantly buy new filters, so that point is still valid

    the shade of water would evaporate forming aditional vator vapor inside leading to additional humidity, leading to increased decomposition, another point still valid

    and a water dish for my cat is constantly lossing water from evaporation (no its isnt from them drinking because even when they are out side it is still loosing water at a crazy rate) yet another point still valid

    ohh and the oxygen thing, its called a plastic bag, it would prevent more oxygen from getting to it. valid again

    so how many points are still valid after all? looks like all of them

    • Alec says:

      cool story bro

    • Aoh says:

      If your cat's water dish is evaporating "at a crazy rate" there is something a little more wrong there…… By the time enough water evaporates so that you would need to replace some of it, your fruit will be starting to go bad anyways. Water doesn't evaporate that fast.

  • sonow says:

    Great idea
    I like it and please send me the price and TEL

  • sonow says:

    Great idea
    I like it and please send me the price and TEL

  • Paul S says:

    Coolest thing I've seen all day!

  • Paul S says:

    Coolest thing I've seen all day!

  • Octavio says:

    Although I really liked the idea:
    This won't make it big. Such a waste of energy to keep that device on for a relatively small amount of fruit.

  • Octavio says:

    Although I really liked the idea:
    This won't make it big. Such a waste of energy to keep that device on for a relatively small amount of fruit.

  • Logan says:

    What does this do, exactly?
    Is there any science demonstrating that water falling has the ability to keep food fresh?

    On the engineering side of things, those are some pretty tight tolerances that you need to figure out, to shoot a stream of water that's so fine and will continously land in the tiny slot.

    A glass lid – can keep an (almost completely) airtight seal, doesn't require batteries, will never spill on you/ your food/ the counter, doesn't have an electric motor that will burn out, or a motion sensor, and, as a result of all these things (plus hundreds of years of manufacturing history) is much less expensive. Oh, and you can recycle glass.

    Congratulations, you've designed an expensive widget that is destined for the landfill after a few days of frustrating its owner and spilling water all over his counter.
    I know it's a concept… but it's not one worth pursuing. There are more pressing issues that design should be addressing.

  • Logan says:

    What does this do, exactly?
    Is there any science demonstrating that water falling has the ability to keep food fresh?

    On the engineering side of things, those are some pretty tight tolerances that you need to figure out, to shoot a stream of water that's so fine and will continously land in the tiny slot.

    A glass lid – can keep an (almost completely) airtight seal, doesn't require batteries, will never spill on you/ your food/ the counter, doesn't have an electric motor that will burn out, or a motion sensor, and, as a result of all these things (plus hundreds of years of manufacturing history) is much less expensive. Oh, and you can recycle glass.

    Congratulations, you've designed an expensive widget that is destined for the landfill after a few days of frustrating its owner and spilling water all over his counter.
    I know it's a concept… but it's not one worth pursuing. There are more pressing issues that design should be addressing.

  • Shoku says:

    Water is one of those tricky things that you can't just scale up and down- you might not be able to make a small thin dome of water like this and if you managed to the disturbance from creating sudden edges in it might be enough to offset the balance so much you'd have to stop all of the flow before starting the dome again.

  • Shoku says:

    Water is one of those tricky things that you can't just scale up and down- you might not be able to make a small thin dome of water like this and if you managed to the disturbance from creating sudden edges in it might be enough to offset the balance so much you'd have to stop all of the flow before starting the dome again.

  • Sameer Shah says:

    Pls do mail me how to buy it once it is ready

  • Sameer Shah says:

    Pls do mail me how to buy it once it is ready

  • Berkay says:

    I liked the concept a lot but I didn't get the idea of desisting – how can it keep the flies away while it's stopping when a hand gets near? Wouldn't it stop when a bug gets closer to the water as well?

  • Berkay says:

    I liked the concept a lot but I didn't get the idea of desisting – how can it keep the flies away while it's stopping when a hand gets near? Wouldn't it stop when a bug gets closer to the water as well?

  • See? says:

    Just goes to show you that people will buy anything…

  • See? says:

    Just goes to show you that people will buy anything…

  • Tina says:

    It is not better than just using a lid.

  • Tina says:

    It is not better than just using a lid.

  • KJuly says:

    Interesting~~~ I've saw an similar idea about the umbrella~ 🙂

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