The great discovery by the Russian kid is best revealed if we listen to his lecture:

Konstantin’s name comes from a Latin word for “standfast”. He is a mechanical engineering and computer science double major at the University of San Diego, interested in sustainable technology. He has started a recycling movement in his native country of Russia, which became the largest electronics-recycling center in Moscow. Upon moving to California, he became interested in solving the problem of water drought. Konstantin invented a device that could solve the pressing issue of the scarcity of pure water. After success building a working prototype, he is working on implementing an entire system of sustainable and renewable water supply systems. As Vice President of an Engineers Without Borders chapter, he often travels to third world countries to work on engineering projects that benefit people living there.

What inspired him is an insect - but the instrument he developed is described by the following figure :
The paper :Water balance and osmoregulation in Stenocara gracilipes, a wax-blooming tenebrionid beetle from the Namib Desert was authored by an Indian S.G.Naidu (Naidu (2001)).

S. gracilipes demonstrates an exquisite capacity to regulate haemolymph osmolality under conditions of both acute water-shortage and -abundance. Together with an efficient water economy (drinking when fog-water is available, and a superb water conservation mechanism in the form of wax-bloom production), this must serve to contribute to long-term survival of this species in an otherwise harsh abode.

Combination of Hydrophobic and Hydrophillic Patch
A device that has one end shoven to the earth

What can be planned..

Naidu, SG. 2001. “Water Balance and Osmoregulation in Stenocara Gracilipes, a Wax-Blooming Tenebrionid Beetle from the Namib Desert.” Journal of Insect Physiology 47 (12). Elsevier: 1429–40.