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At some point in life, you must have wondered how great it would be if you could swim underwater without having to go through a special training. Well, according to an Indiegogo campaign, there is already a device in works that allows you to swim underwater using only a handheld device. This device is called the Triton.

Back in 2014, a Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon presented an idea of an oxygen respirator. At the moment, the project is in its Indiegogo campaign stage, where it managed to raise close to $900,000 from more than 2,000 backers. The most interesting thing of all is that there’s over a month left until the campaign ends. Let’s take a closer at this interesting product that is promising to change the way we experience diving and swimming underwater.

According to the designer’s description, the Triton is designed to help you breathe by extracting oxygen under water using a filter made of threads with holes smaller than water molecules. The campaign features a video that seems to be a real-life example of someone swimming underwater using this device, as well as numerous nice-looking graphics.

It seems like this was enough to stir a lot of attention on the Web, as well as collect close to one million dollars. When asked for any further comments and explanations, Yeon declined to share details. Naturally, experts and commentators made their comments public and explained problematic sides to this product.

Triton “Artificial Gills” Collected Close to $900,000 on Indiegogo

As numerous experts claim, a device like Triton should be able to extract enough oxygen from the water to allow you to breathe. Even though this could be possible in theory, in practice this would mean that Triton would need to accept water that is forced through the device at upward of 5 liters every 15 seconds. It would require the Triton to have a very large pump.

Additionally, there is the issue of storing gas in a chamber. This requires a compressor and battery much greater that anything that was shown in the campaign graphics. The makers of Triton are claiming that they have a “very powerful modified micro compressor”, but they failed to show any valid proof other than a couple of illustrations.

Triton “Artificial Gills” Collected Close to $900,000 on Indiegogo

Finally, many commentators agree that there’s a problem with the campaign video. The video shows a man swimming underwater using the Triton, in a pool. If you pause a couple of times and take a closer look, you can easily see that this portion of the video is made of several short clips.
Also, the clip fails to show a person underwater using the Triton for a longer period of time. In order worlds, the video is all but convincing.

Triton “Artificial Gills” Collected Close to $900,000 on Indiegogo

Even though experts agree that Triton’s usability is questionable, it is clear that this project attracted a lot of attention. Experts agree that numerous obstacles should be overcome in order to create a fully usable and mobile oxygen respirator, where every single of its components need to bring a revolution within their fields. This certainly should be a large red flag for anyone who is interesting in investing.

Regardless of if the Triton works on not, this is probably the most interesting Indiegogo campaign at the moment. It is up to you to decide whether you should jump in, just like 2,000 other backers did. Our advice is to keep your eye on this product if you’re interested, but pull out your wallet only if the Triton exits the production stage.

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Novak Bozovic
Tech editor and architecture student. His stories have featured in numerous online publications covering hottest stories about IT-and tech trends.