:::: One-line Brief//
A reuseable bottle (almost) diminishes with the consumption of the fluid it carries.
:::: Inspiration from Nature//
The abdomen of the honeypot ant (Myrmecocystus Mexicanus) stretches and stores more honey than the size of the ant.
:::: Problem Statement//
A bottle becomes a liability as soon as its content is consumed. This liability has weight; it occupies space and adds to the cost of the content itself. Glass bottles and soda cans, for instance, waste precious space in their cartons. A liquid container needs to be designed which wastes no space before or after the consumption of its content.
:::: Nature Review//
Several animals can store food inside their bodies for later use but perhaps, none of them does it more efficiently than a honeypot ant in terms of the weight-volume ratio of the container. This tiny giant has the ability to buff itself up with honey and then hang itself upside down like a huge jar. The nature gadget fluid container is envisioned using this strategy.
:::: Technology Review//
Motion Regitko of MoStudio and Frei Otto experimented rigorously with the inflatable and tensile structures. Pneumocell by Thomas Herzig and the famous Eden Project (Grimshaw and partners) also shed light on increasing performance by reducing material-footprint. There are several bottles in the market too that tend to break away from conventional vessels, such as Bubi, BlueFit, and Infuriation. Kristof Retezar’s self-filling bottle can extract water from moisture in the atmosphere. But an additional layer of complexity in the design of this nature gadget comes from the diminishing form after consumption.
:::: Nature Gadget//
A tiny telescopic straw (17) is designed which can extend at both ends (5, 20). It is enwrapped tightly in a stretchable film (7) which has a controllable stiffness factor (23, 24, 25) against a given volume. The film takes the form of a bottle when fully filled with the fluid and its stiffness is controlled at three different compartments/levels (10, 15, 19). As a result, the bottle is never half full or empty. As the fluid gets consumed, the film gets drawn back to the straw (9, 11).
:::: Citation Montage//
The following technologies helped in designing the systems for this nature gadget.
Row1Column1: A closeup of Honeypot Ant
Row1Column2: Honeypot Ant (Myrmecocystus) Storage Trunk
Row1Column3: Myrmecocystus Nest
Row1Column4: Inflatable structure by Marion Regitko, MoStudio
Row2Column1: Frei Otto’s Experimentation in Architecture
Row2Column2: Pneumocell by Thomas Herzig
Row2Column3: Eden Project by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
Row2Column4: Cuschicle by Michael Webb (David Green Inside)
Row3Column1: A Product by Event Display
Row3Column2: Removalon-1 Expandable Bottle
Row3Column3: Bubi Bottle
Row3Column4: Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
Row4Column1: BlueFit Prototype of Smart Water Bottle
Row4Column2: Infruition Sports Water Bottle
Row4Column3: OKO Filters
Row4Column4: Self-filing Bottle by Kristof Retezar
Created by Umair Zia