This innovative new shower can reuse the same five gallons of water for two weeks

In order to save our precious resources, technology is coming up with some pretty innovative ways to go green, and this is no less true when it comes to water. The latest innovation on the scene is a novel new shower, which promises to recover 95 to 98 percent of the water used during your daily rinse. Called the Hotaru, this portable (sometimes you gotta shower on the go!) contraption recycles water by way of a number of water reservoirs that both store and purify H2O. With just five gallons of water, the company claims, a family of three would be able to take daily five-minute showers for up to two weeks.

Displayed over the weekend in Austin’s annual SXSW conference, the Hotaru compact shower is comprised of a plastic base in which the five gallons of water are stored, a collapsible nylon tent that stands six feet tall when fully extended, and a shower pole upon which a handheld shower head is attached. Throughout your shower, the shower drain collects the water and pumps it back through its purifying filters until it’s clean enough to reuse. This design, the Japanese company says, could save 150 gallons of water across 50 showers, when compared to traditional showers.

Credit: Hotaru
Credit: Hotaru

So just how “pure” is this water that you’re reusing for weeks on end? Hotaru founder Ryo Yamada tells Gizmodo that soap, shampoo, and dirt can all be removed from the stream, though he suggests using “mild body cleaners” instead of harsher soaps in the shower. The filters, which are clearly doing a significant amount of work on a daily basis, have a lifetime of about two months, and thanks to a built-in sensor, you’ll be alerted when it’s time to get new ones.

And don’t worry — just because this shower is portable and uses recycled water doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing anything as far as pressure is concerned. Hotaru’s showers pump water at you at a pressure of an impressive 60 psi.

Currently, the company plans on bringing the Hotaru to the American market (specifically in California) in 2017, and it will retail for about $3,000. For those who can afford it, it may be a worthwhile step toward saving the planet, one shower at a time.

Product Review

Making a smart home can be a DIY job, but security should be left to the pros

Sure, you can DIY a smart home system, but when it comes to security, you should seriously consider professional monitoring and service. That’s where Vivint comes in. Is it worth the lofty price?
Smart Home

Starbucks coffee delivery lands in 6 more cities via Uber Eats

Starbucks is in the process of expanding its coffee delivery service far beyond Miami. Available via the Uber Eats app, the service has just launched in San Francisco, with five additional cities joining in the coming weeks.

Hydro Flask’s Journey backpack can keep your water cold for hours

The Hydro Flask Journey hydration pack uses insulating fabrics and heat-reflecting materials to help keep your water fresh and cold for hours on end while out for a hike or mountain bike ride.

These are the best indie games you can get on PC right now

Though many indie games now come to consoles as well, there's still a much larger selection on PC. With that in mind, we've created a list of the best indie games for PC, with an emphasis on games that are only available on PC.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Smart Home

You can play NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on your smart speaker

You can play "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" on Amazon Echo speakers or Google Home devices with the new Wait Wait Quiz. It's hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis and will be updated every week with new questions.
Smart Home

Walabot Home, a device aimed at keeping seniors safe, expands its capabilities

When you have to be away from your elderly family members, Walabot Home can serve as your surrogate. This device can detect when your loved one falls and will call for help — no wearables or user input required.
Smart Home

Allergies acting up? Thes best air purifiers on the market can offer relief

Indoor air is often more contaminated than the air outside, which can cause an array of health issues over time. Luckily, these air purifiers can easily rid your home or office of unwanted allergens and contaminants.
Smart Home

Hackers hijack Nest camera, issue fake warning of North Korea missile attack

A Nest security camera hijacked by hackers who used the device to issue a fake warning about an incoming North Korean nuclear missile attack heading toward Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ohio.

Think someone's leeching off your Wi-Fi connection? Here's how to find out

It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi using a few simple tools, along with some suggestions on improving security.
Smart Home

Sing with Freddie Mercury with the ‘Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody’ Alexa skill

20th Century Fox announced a new Alexa Skill for Freddie Mercury fans. To celebrate the digital release of Bohemian Rhapsody and a National Day of "Ay-Oh," fans can download the Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody Skill.
Smart Home

Instant Pot Duo vs. Lux: Which multicooker is really better?

The Instant Pot Duo and the Instant Pot Lux are two of Instant Pots' best-selling models and both are great options. But what’s the difference between the two? Which one is better? Let's break it down.
Smart Home

Amazon confirms it has 10,000 employees working on Amazon Alexa

Amazon has 10,000 employees who work on Alexa development. Thousands of people focus on building Alexa's knowledge base while others work on Alexa's personality, machine learning, interaction, conversational skills, and other features.
Smart Home

Amazon pulls Echo Wall Clock off the market due to connectivity issues

After customer complaints about connectivity issues, Amazon has pulled the Echo Wall Clock from the market. According to an Amazon spokesperson, the company plans to start selling the Echo Wall Clock again when the problem is resolved.