If you have always dreamed of becoming an amphibian – or repeating James Bond’s underwater feats – you have means to achieve these ends. It is known as the rebreather, a system for sustaining breathing in the deep. A designer from South Korea, fired up by perusing the Ian Fleming classics, went on and invented a device that, while not actually turning one into a fish, allows one to swim underwater like it were one’s natural habitat.
The brainchild of designer Jeabyun Yeon, the mask that provides the wearer with air to breathe got the name Triton. It emulates the function of a fish gill, generating oxygen from water, and the inventor thinks it can change people’s attitude to swimming in particular and water in general.
Triton has a plastic piece to be taken into the mouth and two lateral pieces stemming out of the scuba mask that act as gills for steady oxygen supply.
The arms are covered with an imitation of scales that cover the material with small holes which admit water inside. As it arrives into the inner chambers oxygen gets separated and the residue liquid gets ejected, thus allowing the wearer to breathe properly under water. There is a small-size but powerful micro compressor that compresses oxygen and passes it away into special tanks for storage.
The gill-functioning device works on a micro battery much smaller than a standard battery and can be recharged faster by 1,000 times.
The only hindrance before you want to become a human fish is that the device is so far but a concept, a “future product” in the words of its inventor Mr. Yeon. Some time later it may be hailed as a wonderful successor to the scuba equipment of today.