When you think of the greatest inventions in history, a few things might come to mind -- the wheel, the printing press or sliced bread. Those are all fine and dandy, but what if I told you that someone had invented the toilet to end all toilets?
Introducing: the iThrone.
Created by Diana Yousef, this device serves as a simplified, environmentally-friendly, portable alternative to standard toilets. The iThrone is comprised of just two parts: a tissue box-shaped shell and a polymer pouch that rests within it. The pouch's unique material structure allows it to evaporate any liquid deposited into the bag while also cleanly sealing the remaining fecal matter inside, preventing any nasty odors. Considering human waste is 75 percent water, this could be the most perfectly-tailored waste management strategy to date.
While the notion of an on-the-go toilet may sound ridiculous, there are benefits for pursuing alternatives to the standard flush toilet. Slate reported on the high water consumption and overuse of toilet tissue related to flush toilets in the U.S. -- these demands make flush toilets nearly impossible to have in lesser-developed parts of the world, where resources aren't as bountiful.
The lack of resources and extreme climate in the developing world are part of what inspired Yousef to create an environmentally friendly device that is also clean and safe. The entrepreneur developed the iThrone after serving as a scientific adviser on a joint NASA and UNSAID initiative which centered around preserving water in resource-starved regions.
"It's a hard problem, and I think that's why it gets ignored," Yousef told The Daily Beast.
Yousef and her team are currently testing prototypes of the iThrone and they hope to have models ready for release by 2019.
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