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Bill Gates looks to new toilets

August is traditionally a quiet month for blogs. The distractions of vacations, of searing heat, at least here in Madrid, if not in my native GB. I came across an interesting idea launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to improve something that may impact every one of us, both in the developing, and the developed world. Not so much reinventing the wheel, but the toilet.

 

At the Reinvent the Toilet Fair, some 28 designs were shown, and ideas included a loo that used microwave energy to turn excrement into electricity, and another that turned human waste into charcoal.

 

The argument behind the initiative is that traditional flush toilets waste tons of drinking water in the developing world, and are completely impractical in third world countries.

 

Let’s just hope that if the microwave idea works, that the design is different to the microwave oven, to avoid confusion!  Let’s also hope that the future loo does not have an operating system that shuts down to install new updates at the wrong moment, or that it detects a virus!

 

 

Full article below:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19271061

 

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August 15, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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