Breath underwater with these human ready gills
Have you ever dreamed about swimming with the fishes? Unfortunately, unless there is access to scuba gear, we are limited by our inability to breathe underwater. If only there was a way to breathe underwater…
With the help of AMPHIBIO, a 3D printed amphibious garment which functions as a gill, your underwater dreams may become a reality.
AMPHIBIO is made from a special porous hydrophobic material which supports underwater breathing by replenishing oxygen from the surrounding water and dissipating carbon dioxide which accumulates in the system.
To compare, AMPHIBIO is essentially the middle point between free diving and scuba diving. The technology can also be shaped into complex forms using 3D printing technology.
AMPHIBIO is designed by material scientist/designer Jun Kamei in conjunction with the Royal College of Art and the University of Tokyo’s Design Lab.
Kamei’s design was inspired by water diving insects in the sense that they survive underwater as a result of a thin layer of air trapped on their skin’s surface. This hydrophobic surface acts as a gas exchanging gill.
Looking towards the future, Kamei is looking to produce and test AMPHIBIO’s ability to fully support underwater human breathing. The design is still very much a concept at this point in time, but in the future, the technology can be highly useful – and entertaining…
Despite the fact that this technology doesn’t allow us to fully breathe underwater, it is a brilliant idea that could certainly see development and improvement over time.
For now, we have to stick to holding our breath and relying on scuba gear, but in the near future, we may be one with the fishes.