The Noro is a rainwater harvesting and filtration system that is designed to be rapidly deployable and highly transportable. The system is intended as a sustainable freshwater capturing and filtration system that can be used in long voyages as well as disaster efforts. Though rainwater harvesting is by no means a new concept, the Nora seeks to make it a perfectly mobile system that can be carried and used in virtually any part of the world that experiences rainfall.
The system is also capable of being used in tandem with existing rainwater harvesting systems and allows self sustaining base camps to be set up away from sources of freshwater as well. The project was initially conceived to be made with salvaged components found from residential areas around Vancouver though the team later switched to sourcing their materials from Home Depot.
Nora has been showcased at the Touch Point 2012: Interaction Design Symposium where it was placed third and was also featured on Global TV where it was placed number one in the Prototyping category. The project is also entered in the Interactive Arts & Technology project showcase at the Simon Fraser University that will be held in the spring of 2012. Before launching a final prototype, the team that is developing the Noro is considering tweaking the system to serve as a harvesting system that can collect snow, fog, stream water and rain.