Why water? Zero Mass Water founder and Arizona State University associate professor Cody Friesen says that the water system today faces three challenges: a lack of transparency, broken infrastructure, and inconvenience.

Friesen, speaking on a panel at CES this week in Las Vegas, had been thinking about the evolution of solar energy and wireless communications, and decided to try to decentralize water in a similar way.

Zero Mass Water is now on the U.S. market with $4500 single-household systems.

Friesen doesn’t see Zero Mass Water replacing all the water in a typical U.S. home, just the drinking water.

Zero Mass Water spokesperson Sidnee Peck points out that the idea of generating water from the air is not new, but previous systems used a process that relied on cooling, rather than heating.

While Zero Mass Water’s hydropanels may not be connected to the water infrastructure, they do connect to the Internet when possible.

That is, the company can check remotely on every panel installed around the world, checking on its status, how much water it is producing, the purity of that water, and local weather conditions.