Incredible Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2 and Stores It as Energy

by , 06/26/10

W/Air Breathing Necklace, Pedro Andrade, wearable technology, carbon dioxide, human-powered clothing, human-powered fashion, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, sustainable style

We’ve seen numerous endeavors undertaken by individuals, organizations and government bodies alike, each attempting to bring our world into a more sustainable state of being. But even with all these new initiatives, can we really trust that society is moving at a speed effectual enough to place us ahead of the perils of climate change? As part of a two-week workshop on wearable, interactive responses to environmental change, Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade created W/Air, an oxygen-filtering breathing “necklace” that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use. While this necklace may look like it’s best suited for the likes of Darth Vader, we’d certainly wager it’s a better bet than slow asphyxiation via toxic fumes. Check out the video ahead!


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  2. mini pagura June 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

    As you said, design “it is meant for the people who are going to use or see the product” so I’m glad that this project made you think so hard when you saw it.
    But just help you not think that the world it full of nut designers I wont to specify that this project is a sarcastic and provocative concept, and not a design solution or a fashion design piece. I hope nobody of you would like to wear a oxygen mask as it was a piece of fashion design, but instead be more aware in the everyday life before reach the level of pollution that will force us to do that.

    I’m glad you thought it was a real solution to save the world but I hope you can watch at this with more irony and less angriness.

  3. kristiantheconqueror June 28, 2010 at 11:08 am


    “hating” you say? Au contraire my friend, I am not hating, simply providing the first bit of substantial constructive criticism that this designer has received in the echo chamber of eco-design. There has been a horrible trend where environmentalists embrace anything so long as it has the moniker “green” located in front of it, regardless of the idiocy and inanity of the idea or object in question. At the same time, a similar effect has occurred in the chic-design echo chamber whenever the label “avant garde” has been applied. Both schools are too blind to see the naked emperor for fear of insulting his new clothes.

    Let us remember who design is meant for: it is meant for the people who are going to use or see the product. In the case of a piece of clothing, that means that the design should be meant for everyone who will see it – it should be functional and aesthetically pleasing for the benefit of both the user and the people who’re strolling down the street next to the user. This trash-bag and plastic collar arrangement is astoundingly ugly, hence it fails at the aesthetic aspect of design, and it has no discernible purpose that couldn’t be accomplished more efficiently by other means, hence it’s functional failure.

    If you doubt my word on this, I invite you to order yourself one of these pipe-dreamed grocery bags of asphyxiation and then take a walk down whatever part of your town is a happening place on a Friday night. See how many compliments you get as compared to derisive chuckles and horrified stares.

  4. dionysus June 28, 2010 at 3:42 am


    time to whip out your portfolio, big boy…that may look stupid, but you got nothing. stop hating so hard and make something better.

  5. kristiantheconqueror June 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

    That is quite possibly the stupidest looking and most useless thing I have ever seen…

    Kudos to the designers on their ascent to a new, higher level of fail incredibly far above anything I have ever seen on this site, or this planet for that matter. Gentlemen, I salute you for your exceptional accomplishment in the area of failure – I just ask that you refrain from designing anything ever again.

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