Let us all face it; carrying an empty bottle of water is nearly as uncomfortable as finding yourself shy of a water bottle. It was only a matter of time before this problem was solved but not many people would have thought the adopted method would be this interesting. A total of three industrial design students were able to come up with a solution in what they call Ooho. Believe it or not, it’s a water blob that is contained within a thin but edible membrane.
The next best question to ask would be how all of this is achieved. This little invention employs the process of spherification. Not a science genius? No worries. During the process, drops of liquid are added in an alginate solution which forms a gel coat around it. This is the membrane that contains the liquid water. Just imagine the kind of economic benefits all such gastronomy techniques could deliver. For a mere reference, simply compare the cost of a water bottle easily available in the market these days to an Ooho that costs a miserly $0.02.
Comparing those costs cannot be considered in isolation, ofcourse. There are plenty of other factors that would need to be considered before we can imagine Ooho replacing the standard bottle of water. For instance, manufacturers would have to determine how they could ensure the cleanliness of the product during transit. Secondly, since each of these water blobs is so fragile and contains only a small quantity of water within it must be determined how spillage of water could be prevented.
All in all, kudos to the team behind the concept for coming up with such an interesting way of offering water and keeping the environment clean at the same time. It is nice to see that Ooho has somewhat made a mark in parts of Europe but it has a long way to go. Let’s leave you with an Ooho demonstration shown on a Spanish TV program.