‘With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.’ Sylvia Earle
Think forward to a beautiful, sunny day during the summer time, the boat you’re on sways in the wind and the taste of salt in the air calls you towards the sea to start your dive. Dive briefing completed you kit up, except all you wear is a wetsuit, fins, weightbelt and mask. Forget the tank, who needs one of those when your new regulator practically turns you into a fish?
Descending to your favourite dive site you feel like you’re freediving, plunging down into the depths with no tank on your back nor what had felt like a hundred different things strapped onto your body at rather awkward points. Forget all that because in your mouth, instead of having one of those old fashioned regulators, you’ve got a new invention, you’ve got a regulator which makes oxygen by itself!
Korean Jeabyun Yeon has invented a new breathing device which turns humans into fish by using artificial gill technology to create air. It extracts the oxygen underwater through a filter of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules and allows divers to breathe freely whilst underwater with no need for hoses, tanks or pressure gauges. By using a very small but powerful micro compressor it is able to compress oxygen and store the extracted oxygen in a storage tank.
The micro compressor is operated by a micro battery. The micro battery is said to be of the next-generation, it is 30 times smaller than current batteries and can charge 1000 times faster.
With the ‘Triton Oxygen Respirator’ it is possible to breathe underwater as if you were a fish. The regulator is a plastic mouthpiece that requires you to simply bite down on, similar to regulators. There are two arms that branch out to the sides of the scuba masks which have been developed to function like the efficient gills of a marine creature. The scaly texture conceals small holes in the material where water is sucked into the device. Chambers inside the device separate the oxygen and release the liquid so that you can breathe comfortably whilst on your dive.