Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink? Meet “Raincatch,” a hooded slicker that not only keeps you dry in a downpour but also purifies rainwater for wetting your whistle on the move. Designed by Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the multitasking garment uses a system of charcoal and chemical filters to create potable water, which is stored around the hips for weight distribution without strain.

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Rather than hide the tubes, however, Yang and Noble opted to flaunt them. “The aesthetics of the coat are simple but elegant, showing the water and the internal workings of the coat, but hiding the water storage to maintain a clean form factor,” the designers say.

The multitasking garment uses a system of charcoal and chemical filters to create potable water.

An example of “performative design,” the concept could use some refinement before it becomes ready to wear. Yang and Noble’s intentions, however, are well-placed. As water scarcity becomes the next battlefront and weather patterns take a more mercurial turn, every drop will matter.

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[Via Fashioning Technology]