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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own 375

schwit1 writes "With the Triton Oxygen Respirator, it might be possible to breathe beneath the surface of the water as if you were a fish. Requiring no bulky tank to keep your lungs pumping properly. The regulator comprises a plastic mouthpiece that requires you to simply bite down. There are two arms that branch out to the sides of the scuba mask that 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 in. Chambers inside separate the oxygen and release the liquid so that you can breath comfortably in the ocean."
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

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  • Pure Oxygen? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Big Hairy Ian (1155547) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @05:14AM (#45974097)
    Doesn't a pure oxygen supply become toxic if you dive below a certain depth (30 feet if memory serves) that's why most divers use a nitrogen & oxygen mix.
  • by AC-x (735297) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @06:05AM (#45974305)

    ... you get to dive for the 10 minutes that the "micro-battery" can provide power?

    Seriously we go through this every time one of these artificial gills is announced, you need too high a flow rate for a battery to realistically be able to provide power for, so you end up with a system that lasts for far less time than a simple air tank could provide.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 16, 2014 @06:24AM (#45974379)

    A battery that is 1000x better than current technology would be even bigger news.

  • Oxygen only? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ehiris (214677) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @07:44AM (#45974685) Homepage

    Breathing only oxygen is dangerous. Oxygen is toxic at high pressure.

    With the device described here you'd still need a tank with nitrogen or helium and then you're back to having a device similar to a rebreather where you have to carry and mix your own gasses, which is extremely dangerous and even experienced divers get killed by it.

    Now this technology is not completely useless and could enhance a rebreather by allowing more bottom time if it can be used to refill the oxygen tank or something on that line.

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