Julie M. Rodriguez

Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

by , 03/21/14

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South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without air tanks. The mask, called the Triton, consists of two branching arms designed to serve as “gills” that extract oxygen from the water and deliver breathable air directly into their wearer’s lungs. Instead of hauling around heavy scuba equipment, swimmers could simply bite down on a plastic mouth piece.

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The device is covered in plastic “scales” which allow water to enter through small holes, where it enters a chamber that separates the oxygen from the liquid. The Triton’s internal filter utilizes fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules, so that only air is able to pass through. The oxygen is then compressed and stored in a miniature storage tank. The entire gadget is powered by an incredibly small, easily rechargeable microbattery.

So far, the design is just a concept, but Yeon has high hopes that it will someday be turned into a commercial product that can completely replace complicated scuba gear.

+ Jeabyun Yeon

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21 Comments

  1. Al Rotundo May 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I have only done SCUBA in a swimming pool,but even I can tell that there would be no way this device could produce enough breathable air to be useful.

  2. Jonathan Burbano May 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Funny how reading the article my first thought, having never gone scuba diving, was that it won’t work. With 20% of air being oxygen, the rest mostly nitrogen. While nitrogen does exist in water, it is not in N2 but as ammonia or nitrite; ie unless the machine can break down ammonia and nitrite into N2, we will be inhaling ammonia and nitrite. The alternative would be compressed N2 tanks, like CO2 tanks for air handguns, and the apparatus distributes the N2 based on the O2 intake to make it a nice 80:20 ratio. If that is done, being that there is less O2 by a whole lot than N2, you might as well just used compressed 02 AND N2. All the extra technological mumbojumbo is unnecessary. The only benefit of the former idea is that, if you use one tank for the O2 and one tank for the N2, if you forgo the O2 tank and use these “gills” (just a simple filter) you can double the underwater time by using TWO N2 tanks instead of just one. Then the only thing that needs to be assessed is the buoyancy of the tanks, because the last thing you want when trying to go down, is you mask wanting to go up.

  3. Rue Koegel Rue Koegel May 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    pair this with the membrane that turns water movement over it’s service into energy and you have a device that never needs recharging, and works as long as the filter system and membrane continue to function.

  4. Peter Ager March 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Nice design but it wouldn’t work. Similar systems have been tried in the past but the amount of water that needs to be processed in order to provide just a single breath is in the order of several cubic metres.

    Also pure oxygen becomes toxic to humans as the depth increases which is why most divers use compressed air so the system would, at least, need to extract nitrogen as well

  5. itsandyjb March 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    If it works its one of the most amazing inventions ever xx

  6. roiikkata March 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    id pay mad money for one of those if i was a diver

  7. Izabela Wojcik March 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This is a ‘must happen’… the experience of diving would go through the roof on a WOW scale:)

  8. Jerome Gosse January 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

    divers don’t dive with oxygen, we use compressed air.

  9. Mike Sisco January 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    so where would it acquire the other elements that are in breathable air? Breathing straight oxygen underwater would be deadly.

  10. Laura Wiltshire January 24, 2014 at 3:20 am

    This is definitely just like the gadgets used in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jin. I can dig it.

  11. cmiller173 January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung (1961)

  12. Todd Rosamond January 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Well, H.G. Well’s science fiction novel, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, involved a “science-fiction-type contraption” called a submarine…hmmm….wonder how that worked out? Wilbur and Orville Wright? Remember that crazy contraption that everyone thought would never “get off the ground”? Point of fact is, everything starts out as a concept…an idea…a dream; and then one day, a reality.

  13. professor farnsworth Professor Farnsworth January 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

    If only it where available as some sort of suppository.

  14. ipftoday January 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Interesting, maybe we can turn this into a portable oxygen concentrator for people with lung diseases!!!!

  15. gmoke January 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Wonder if this technology can be modified to filter oxygen for those that need it to breathe easily and remove pollutants added to the air by human stupidity.

  16. Tj Erickson January 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I was 9 when i had the same basic idea….i wonder how long batt. stays charged and how deep…psi-pressure could it withstand

  17. toaste January 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

    for clarification, breathing oxygen underwater can be extremely dangerous, that\’s why scuba tanks have compressed air in them

  18. Dada Nabhaniilananda January 19, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I want one. Scuba is pretty cumbersome. However, I can’t help wondering how far in the future this is.

  19. kirk.58 January 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Soooo, just someones science fiction concept idea for a book or a movie then?

  20. Lord Kuz January 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Yeah. Great design for a Science FICTION movie prop! This concept has been bandied about for a few decades now – while they still struggle with re-breathing technologies.

  21. RelayerM31 January 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    This thing would have to make a LOT of “air” for the swimmer. We breathe around 6 to 20 liters of air every minute. Good luck.

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