Star Wars-like breathing mask concept mimics fish gills
Say what you will about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but you have to admit that, overall quality of the film notwithstanding, it featured a lot of technological marvels that every tech geek could only wish were real.
Aside from the impressive podracers and the droidekas (destroyer droids) that could literally curl up into balls of compact metal death, the movie also had A99 aquata breathers – the weird-looking devices that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn bit on when they visited Otoh Gunga, the underwater city on Naboo.
Interestingly, those nifty Star Wars underwater “masks” that mimicked fish gills may have served as the inspiration for designer Jeabyun Yeon’s new scuba mask concept, called the Triton Oxygen Mask for Diving.
May the fish be with you
Based on “artificial gill model” technology developed by a Korean scientist, the Triton is designed to be a “convenient” mouthpiece respirator that does not require the use of a large helmet, restrictive strap-on mask, or even a heavy oxygen tank.
All the user needs to do is to bite on the mouthpiece – an action that, according to Yeon, also eliminates the need to inhale or exhale.
The Triton works by using a filter with fine threads to extract oxygen from water that it sucks in through its two “arms.” The arms, which are designed to look scaly, have “holes smaller than water molecules” for taking in water from which to extract oxygen.
A micro compressor then stores the oxygen in a small tank and releases the excess fluid, allowing the user to absorb the oxygen like a fish. The compressor is powered by a micro battery that is supposedly 30 times smaller than its contemporaries, but charges a thousand times faster.
'Patience, my blue friend'
As good as it sounds, however, the Triton isn’t something you can buy in stores.
Well, not yet, at least.
Yeon himself describes it as “a future product” that may be able to address the needs of people who either lack the necessary skill to operate complicated skin scuba equipment or are afraid of breathing underwater.
On the bright side, this means a smaller chance for this summer’s casual swimmers to swim into the depths and accidentally encounter some kind of terrible underwater creature – or even worse, Jar Jar Binks. — TJD, GMA News
My perception of a pristine and peaceful scuba dive changed when I went for my first dive off the Great Barrier Reef. It looks so easy in the movies, but the breathing underwater with an oxygen mask is difficult. Don’t let those practice lessons in the swimming pool fool you! To make it easier for us, here is the Triton Oxygen Mask For Diving. It is a very convenient oxygen respirator concept that 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 mouthpiece like conventional respirator.
- Triton uses a new technology of artificial gill model.
- It extracts oxygen under water through a filter in the form of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules.
- This is a technology developed by a Korean scientist that allows us to freely breathe under water for a long time.
- Using a very small but powerful micro compressor, it compresses oxygen and stores the extracted oxygen in storage tank.
- The micro compressor operates through micro battery.
- The micro battery is a next-generation technology with a size 30 times smaller than current battery that can quickly charge 1,000 times faster.