Gallery: AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets


Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask, a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity via small wind turbines. At best it makes the wearer look like they’re living in a chemical war zone; at worst it’ll make you look like a futuristic Hannibal Lecter. But looks aren’t everything!

We’ve seen several charging devices emerge in recent years that harness kinetic energy to power mobile devices, but this is the first we’ve come across that actually uses human respiration to power a gadget. Designer João Paulo Lammoglia won a Best of 2011 RedDot Design Award for the AIRE mask. The mask can be used while sleeping, reading or exercising, according to the description at RedDot online.

Mobile phones are small devices, but they can have a pretty significant environmental impact, creating as much as 1 metric ton of CO2 per year – so anything you can do to curb your energy use (no matter how silly or creepy it might make you look) is of course a good thing. “Besides saving energy (and contributing to environmental preservation), it also encourages the practice of physical exercise,” writes Lammoglia in the product description. “Its energy is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”

+ João Paulo Lammoglia

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  1. Bane October 22, 2012 at 1:19 am

    When Gotham is ashes then you have my permission to charge.

  2. cookieKT August 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Curious! I think this would be useful, if it really is effective, on hikes and campouts :) Can anyone link to an actual catalog listing, or is this merely a design that is not available on the market today?

  3. Totally_Lost March 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

    This concept “product” is a scam and a fraud. The amount of energy that can be recovered from a typical sleeping adults breath would take several years to charge an iPhone.

    Do the match … the energy that can be recovered is less than 2 calories per hour … the time that would take to charge a 3w-Hr battery is over a year.

  4. Zeppflyer March 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Anyone else get a Matrixy vibe here?

  5. linnead23 February 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Luuuuuuke…. I am charging your phoooone.

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