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Bill Gates aims to reinvent the toilet


Posted on Thursday, 23 August, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments


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The founder of Microsoft has turned his attention to providing toilet facilities to 2.5 billion people.

While a lot of us take the availability of suitable toilets for granted in many countries there are no adequate facilities, a factor that contributes greatly to disease, pollution and countless deaths. To tackle this problem, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are looking to discover a new design for the humble toilet - one that will work without needing a sewer and without needing to be plugged in to the mains.

To find their new toilet design, Gates ran a competition to give others the opportunity to invent something suitable in exchange for a grant to continue developing it. The team that won came up with a sophisticated device that was able to use solar power to turn waste in to hydrogen and fertilizer.

"As the winner of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge, the team gets another $100,000 to fine-tune the device, which is a bit more complicated than your ordinary pot."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Viviana98 on 24 August, 2012, 8:38
He should reinvent his bank account so that its my bank account as well and let me flush some of his money down his reinvented toilet...he shouldn't have to do all the work lol
Comment icon #15 Posted by Lilly on 24 August, 2012, 9:53
Yikes!, once Mr. Gates has control of both computers and toilets he'll become unstoppable!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hybrid89 on 24 August, 2012, 11:10
oh dear, Mr. gates your are indeed, 1 of a kind.
Comment icon #17 Posted by csspwns on 25 August, 2012, 5:29
he should make a toilet with a built in computer system. microsoft of course
Comment icon #18 Posted by ninjadude on 25 August, 2012, 20:42
did anyone actually read the article? It sickens me all these snide comments. He's spending his money to better mankind. You may not realize this but there are many places in the world that don't have flush toilets. Human waste and contamination are huge problems. They don't have water for flush toilets and relieve themselves in or near rivers and streams that are also used for drinking water. Eww you say. But that's what it's like. The initiative is to make one that will work in those places, with little water, and most likely a squat toilet, thereby raising their standard... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by thewild on 25 August, 2012, 20:52
Oh, re-releasing the I-phone Mr. Gates? I could not resist. On the other hand, I thought Mr. Gates was on the world de-population board..
Comment icon #20 Posted by icet925 on 26 August, 2012, 1:56
Just don't put ads in it. HA
Comment icon #21 Posted by nothingliz on 30 August, 2012, 20:09
Say goodbye toiletpaper, say hello 3-C Shells.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 September, 2012, 6:07
What if you're busting for a leak and it takes 15 minutes to re-boot? Then crashes.


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