It's easy to lose track of how long your shower's getting--especially when it's 10 degrees out and the only thing that roused you from bed was the vision of a steamy cascade of water. Well, Waterpebble is here to guilt you out of your wasteful ways.
The little round device monitors water going down the drain. It records the length of your first Waterpebble shower and uses that as a benchmark, then indicating via a series of gently flashing "traffic lights" when you need to get out of the shower already! Green tells you to start showering, amber means you're halfway through, and red means you should get ready to brave the icy air. (Wait, where's the light that tells you to stop singing before everyone in the house suffers permanent hearing loss?)
Anyway, each time you shower, Waterpebble automatically reduces your bathing time by a fraction, helping you to save water--and hopefully money.
Paul Priestman, director of U.K. design firm Priestmangoode, got the idea for Watterpebble from a hotel bathroom sign encouraging guests to use water sparingly.
The battery will last for four to six months with average use and cannot be reused, but Waterpebble can be broken apart once it's washed up and the plastics and electronics separated and recycled. The gadget costs about $5, plus shipping.
Most posters to Waterpebble's site like the idea: "The guilt trip works, already saving five minutes;" "It's like a little disco each time I have a shower! Looking forward to my next water bill..."
But at least one poster thinks Watterpebble works against its green aims: "First of all, natural resources are wasted for the production of it, secondly you don't need it, and last but not least, recycling it is also bad for the environment. Instead, take your water-resistant watch with you and check how much time you need under the shower, then the next time just use half of the time."
What do you think? Does Priestman's idea float?