Kor’s new water filter will save you from the tyranny of the filter pitcher

kor water purifier fall
Despite their usefulness, filter pitchers are a bit of a pain to use. They don’t work very quickly, their filter modules take up space even when they’re not in use, and worst of all, they only let you fill one pitcher at a time. Needless to say, they’re desperately in need of a design overhaul.

Luckily, Kor (best known for its reusable water bottles) has risen to the occasion. Despite being the company’s first foray into the world of water filtration devices, the Kor Water Fall helps to solve most (if not all) of the problems caused by traditional filter pitchers.

korDrawing inspiration form all the pour-over coffee makers that seem to be en vogue right now, the Water Fall ditches the built-in filter/reservoir. Instead, the water reservoir and filter are located in their own standalone fixture. To use it, you simply fill one of the accompanying glass carafes with tap water, pour it into the reservoir on top, place the carafe underneath, and turn a knob to begin filtering. After gravity pulls it down through the filter, the purified water ends up back in the glass carafe, which can then be fitted with a cap and stored in your fridge.

RelatedLook out Brita, Camelbak is getting into the filter pitcher game

It’s a pretty simple idea, but separating the filter from the water storage vessel will presumably alleviate all the little annoyances that come with water filtration. With this system, you’ll be able to filter water quickly, and fill up as many pitchers as you want.

Unfortunately you can’t get one on your countertop quite yet, as Water Fall is merely a prototype at this point, but Kor hopes to jumpstart mass production of the device with a Kickstarter campaign. THe company is looking to raise $50K to bring the product to life, and is already well on its way to doing so. At time of writing, Kor has raised over $32K from more than 470 backers, and still has nearly a month left in the campaign. If you back the project now, you can lock down a Water Fall for around $60 to $70, depending on your backer level. If all goes well, the company hopes to ship the first units to backers as early as March 2015. Find out more here.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Drink what nature provides with the best water purifiers

Looking for reliable water purification? Staying hydrated is important, especially when you are hiking or camping far from civilization. Check out our picks of the best water purifiers for your camp, backpack, or pocket.

Forget pumps. This innovative filter purifies H2O in 8 seconds flat

The Grayl Geopress water purification system removes more than 99 percent of all bacteria, cysts, and viruses from water in just eight seconds, providing clean drinking water to travelers and outdoor adventurers.
Smart Home

These accessories take your already awesome Instant Pot to a whole new level

If you're familiar with the Instant Pot, you know that this bad boy acts as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, egg boiler, and a lot more. Here are some must-have accessories to make Instant Pot cooking even better.
Smart Home

Amazon shows off compact cashier-free store that could show up at airports

Amazon is testing its smallest Amazon Go store to date as it considers taking the grab-and-go technology to new venues such as airports and train stations. The compact store is a quarter the size of its current locations.
Smart Home

Cops go after porch pirates with dummy Amazon boxes and GPS trackers

Amazon is helping police in Jersey City to catch thieves who steal delivered packages from outside people's homes. Within just minutes of the operation's launch this week, cops nabbed their first porch pirate.
Smart Home

Amazon sent me a Christmas tree. Did it leave me pining for more?

Is driving to a Christmas tree lot or farm to get some fresh pine a daunting task that you dread every year? Good news: Amazon is now selling real Christmas trees with free shipping. We decided to order one to see how it went.
Smart Home

A couple’s recalled dishwasher caught on fire — and now they’re warning others

A Wisconsin couple has been using the dishwasher in their house for a year, unaware that it was recalled in 2009. Then the appliance caught fire. Now they are warning others to check appliances for risks when buying or renting a home.
Smart Home

Amazon has some killer deals on vacuums through the holidays

Whether you're buying for someone else or for yourself, Amazon has some great deals on vacuums running through the holidays. Score them while you can and keep your home cleaner than ever.
Smart Home

Got an Emerson thermostat? 135,000 of them are being recalled due to fire risk

Most recalls are relatively benign but if you own an Emerson-branded thermostat, we encourage you to check your model number because the company has alerted consumers to the potential of the device starting a fire.

You don't want to sleep on these red-hot bedding deals

We've rounded up some of the best discounts and sales happening right now, so you can buy yourself (or your loved ones) new bedding without breaking your budget. Trust us when we say these are deals worth losing sleep over.

Best deals for smart home plugs that control your lights and appliances

Smart hubs and speakers play central communication and management roles in your home, but smart plugs let you add lights and appliances to your system. Any smart plug you buy must support one feature or anything you plug in stays dumb.

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Smart Home

Knock, knock. Who's there? With a video doorbell, you'll never have to guess

When it comes to knowing who's at your door before you actually open it, there's nothing better than a video doorbell. Plus, you can "answer" the door even if you're not home. Here are some of our favorites.