Compared to the creatures of the sea, the human body is somewhat inefficient underwater. With our gangly limbs and lack of fins or tails, it takes us a bit more effort to glide through the ocean. Designer Guillaume Binard has partnered with Aqua Lung to created Oceanwings, a wetsuit with neoprene membranes stretching from the arms to legs that give the wearer a sense of flying through the briny deep. Similar to the skydiving wingsuits, the smooth and slow flight experience is meant to morph our bipedal figures to be able to explore realms that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to experience.
Gliding through the water like a manta ray, the Binard unveiled his prototype and video demonstration with wearer Pierre Frolla for the Aqua Lung Ocean Wings at the Paris Dive Show in January.
“This project shows the similarities between the air & water environments finding their main difference with density. Then a smooth and slow flight express how powerful are the emotions & feelings that the underwater world generates on human being,” says Binard of his suit.
Allowing free divers to soar through the water, albeit at a much slower pace than their aerial counterparts, Binard hopes to find a novel way to experience the wonders of the ocean. There is still no word as whether he plans on developing the suit for production.
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