I’d Tap That: Simple Device Turns Faucets Into Fountains

Remember how fun it was to drink out of drinking fountains when you were a kid? Of course, that was well before you know about germs and the horrible, horrible things people do to public drinking fountains. Australian company Dreamfarm has come up with a compellingly simple way to turn your own home faucet into a fun drinking fountain where, presumably, the only germs you’ll find are your own.

The gadget is called the Tapi. The small piece of water-safe rubber fits over the tap of any regular kitchen or bathroom sink. The sink still functions normally until you want to take a drink. Then, you gently squeeze the Tapi until water begins to flow from the smaller hole in a convenient upward-curving direction.

You catch the water in your mouth and forget about dirtying a cup (or worse yet, wasting a paper cup) just for a small sip. The exceedingly clever design won a Red Dot design award in 2011. It’s available directly from the Dreamfarm website.

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See more in Industrial Design or under Technology. March, 2012.
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