the Triton oxygen mask

Scuba diving without a scuba tank with the Triton oxygen mask

Not so long ago I wrote a blog post about the future of scuba diving. One of the trends I predicted is scuba diving without a scuba tank. Well, the future is much closer then I thought as this month the Triton breathing mask was introduced. An oxygen respirator concept that allows us to breathe under water for a long time by simply biting it. A hoax or a real technological advancement?!
A friend of mind brought this mask to my attention. Some intensive research made clear that all online articles point towards the company Yanko Design, a web magazine who write about international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion. The industrial designer behind the mask would be Jeabyun Yeon.

They make some pretty extravagant claims about the Triton oxygen mask:

  • 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.

In my opinion the future is still the future. The above are just claims they can't substantiate. The story has been hyped while the an industrial designer made some really beautful designs, but that's all it is... designs.

the Triton oxygen mask
the Triton oxygen mask
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One Comment

  1. ‘this month’ you mean ‘last year this time’ when the concept first began doing the rounds online.

    That and the concept is novel and certainly would be cool, but at that form factor is simply impossible for humans. Humans who aren’t trained for it need drastically more oxygen due to their rate of oxygen consumption and amount of wasted oxygen per exhalation than a fish of the same size would, especially as we’re warm-blooded creatures, not cold-blooded.

    Rebreathers currently remain the closest thing to an ‘underwater breathing apparatus’ due to their harvesting unspent oxygen from exhalation. It’s unlikely we’ll see a true water-circulating oxygen-harvesting breathing apparatus usable by humans anytime in the near future due to the immense power requirements for one which is both feasible and compact enough for personalized application for anything more than a few seconds or minutes. Such a limited design would have no practical application.

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