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Artificial Gills, Breath Underwater Like James Bond

James Bond fans everywhere took notice when a Korean desgin student delivered a blueprint for a device that allows you to breathe underwater.

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)According to the Smithsonian, the artificial gills, named Triton, capture oxygen gas in water, storing it in a tiny compressed air tank. The creator, Jeabyun Yeon, calls Triton a future product, and his website claims:

“To breathe under water, we must learn how to use complicated oxygen respirator. If we can stay under water for a long time through an easy way, many changes will occur in our marine lifestyle. TRITON is a very convenient oxygen respirator concept. It allows us to breathe under water for a long time by simply biting it. It also does not require the skill of breathing in and out while biting mouth piece like conventional respirator. It is a portal oxygen respirator for breathing under water as if being on ground by simply biting it.”

Yeon describes the device a Portal Oxygen Respirator  that  extracts oxygen from water through a filter. This filter has extremely fine holes which are smaller than water molecules. Triton uses a small, powerful micro compressor that compresses oxygen and stores it in a tiny tank.  The micro battery, 30-time smaller than batteries we use today, powers the micro compressor. Yeon claims it’s a next-generation technology which can charge 1,000 times faster.

TRITON: Portal Oxygen Respirator

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

Artificial Gills (courtesy of  Jaebyun Yeon)

 Designer Jeabyun Yeon

Artificial Gills, designed by  Jaebyun Yeon

Read more about Jeabyun Yeon here.

Comments

  1. mcgillrocks says:
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    Uhh…does it work yet, or is it still in the works? It would be incredible if this could become a reality but if it accidentally stops working you could drown pretty fast.

  2. Catherine says:
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    this could be great for snorkellers. As long as you stayed within 10 meters of the surface, you could stay down for awhile without worrying about equipment failure. If it failed, you could just pop up to the surface. Any deeper though, and you’d be contending with the bends it you had to pop up in an emergency.

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