We are living in a time when almost nothing seems impossible anymore. Well almost everything, because until a few months ago that of breathing underwater still seemed an impossible only seen in the movies with little gadgets that we all dreamed would one day come true.
Luckily for us, Jeabyun Yeon, a young visionary designer and his team, saw the possibility of making this dream come true by designing TRITON, an underwater breathing system that mimics the gills of fish, by separating the oxygen from the water through tiny filters that let the water molecules pass but capture the oxygen and then accumulate it in tiny tanks for the user to breathe.
The TRITON design was inspired by early James Bond movies, but it is a very recurrent design that we have seen in other fiction films such as Star Wars Episode I. The two small arms of the respirator together with a small battery that provides power to the gadget, can provide autonomy of up to 45 minutes of breathing under salt or fresh water at a depth no greater than 4.5 meters.
TRITON is undoubtedly one of the most successful campaigns that have been presented on Indiegogo, managing to raise an astonishing $ 706,000 dollars and counting, leaving the goal of $ 50,000 that had been set far behind. Nowadays you can get a pre-order TRITON for $ 299 and say goodbye to those complicated, expensive and heavy sports diving equipment.
I would surely love to see how this artificial gill technology evolvesWell, this is just a first prototype, can you imagine the possibilities and everything that will improve in its next versions?