A Design Competition for a New Toilet
In order to improve the overall health of our planet???s inhabitants, the toilet requires a complete reboot. Leading the charge is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who gave the world???s best scientists and designers one year to come up with a new solution that could serve the 2.6 billion people currently without one.
The challenge: Create a toilet that doesn???t rely on piped water, sewer, or electrical connections. And while you???re at it, fashion something useful from the waste that goes in. Energy and water might be nice. Do it all for $0.05 per user per day, and you might win a $100,000 prize. Attacking the problem with the world???s most advanced science is one thing, but doing it within strict X-Prize-like parameters is entirely another. This week they announced the winners.
Plumbing technology trying to catch up to the 21st century, I see.