Topic: Water War Fountain
Background: It is becoming apparent that world war 4 will not be fought over land, or ideology, or religion, but natural resources. Within the next several years, a major shift is going to occur in the earth's resource patterns. It is predicted that sometime between 2010 and 2012, our DEMAND for resources will exceed our SUPPLY. That means we will be using our resources faster than we can produce them.
This means that we start dipping into our 'savings', making prices of pure resources skyrocket. This causes a trickle down effect to everything that is produced on earth, and ultimately the cost of living becomes prohibitive.
What is more harrowing, however, than the looming oil crisis, is a global shortage of pure, drinkable water. While oil is used to run our modern society, water is even more fundamental to our existance in any capacity. Water is precious. Wars will be fought over it.
Brief: You are to design a water fountain to be used in the predicted water wars of 2012. Water is a valuable commodity, possibly the most valuable on earth. But in order for the war effort to continue, the troops must keep hydrated and ready to fight. You are to design a semi mobile water fountain that can be set up at forward command posts, occupied cities etc.
This fountain dispenses water according to a set protocol, which must be catered for in your design:
-- An optical scan records the retina of the drinker, assigning it a unique serial number.
-- The fountain dispenses 1 litre of water through a small nozzle, into a bottle. Once the water supply is cut, the bottle is released and can be taken by the user.
-- If someone attempts to use the fountain and their retinal sertial number has been used already in the past 24 hours, the water machine will shut down supply and an alarm will sound.
-- If tampering to the water supply canister is detected, the machine MUST have some way of protecting its vital resource - this is up to you whether it is aggressiv, defensive, etc.
Hope i didnt make that too complicated!!
Deadline: I think a fortnight worked well last time. Lets go again. Monday 29th may, approx..