On Indiegogo a company claims they have created a device that allows you to breath underwater by extracting oxygen from the water. The product is called Triton. This seems great right, but there is a lot of controversy on wether or not it works. This product seems like a fantasy from Star Wars or James Bond. If it really does work then it would be a dream come true but if it dose not work then many people will lose their money and be very disappointed.
Triton describes there product as a “state-of-the-art oxygen respirator, that allows you to breathe underwater up to 45 minutes and at a maximum depth of 15ft”. They claim the product works by having holes ,in the tubes on the sides, which are smaller than water molecules and as a result only oxygen molecules pass through. Then a powerful micro compressor stores the collected oxygen until you breath it in. The entire thing is powered by a “modified lithium-ion battery” which is apparently “30 times smaller than its contemporaries but charges 1000 times faster”. Then after a while they released new information saying that it “utilize “liquid oxygen”, which combined with the other components allow users to breathe underwater” . After this information was released they gave everyone a refund and started a new Indegogo campaign. But the new campaign made over $400,000 while the old campaign made over $800,000.
But there is many people saying that this is a fraud. A YouTuber named Thunderf00t made a video that talks about various problems with Triton. He say that in order for this to work “you would have to breath about 10-20 times faster in water than air, thats just to keep you alive … you would have to breathe about 100 litres of water per thats the minimum amount of water you would have to put through these artificial gills … thats 1.7 litres per second”. Another thing he points out is that in the original campaign it was called a re-breather which dose not make sense because “the minimum size for a re-breather is the volume of your lungs” and Triton is much smaller than your lungs. But interestingly enough when the company launched their new campaign they called it an oxygen respirator instead of a re-breather. Thunderf00t also talks about how the company is lying when they say the product works by having holes ,in the tubes on the sides, which are smaller than water molecules and as a result only oxygen molecules pass through. This is completely untrue because oxygen molecules are bigger than water molecules. He also ridicules the “modified lithium-ion battery”, because if this battery is really “30 times smaller than its contemporaries but charges 1000 times faster” then the creators could sell their design to a phone or computer company “for a blank check”. He explains that even if this battery was possible “you still have to get the gas extracted by the … gill to the correct pressure otherwise you won’t be able to breath it in”. Another reason why this product won’t work is shown when the company talks about using liquid oxygen. Making it is difficult at room temperature, it would have to be cooled to -183°C. It is possible at room temperature but you would need a lot of pressure, and it could be hard to maintain that pressure if the pressurized capsule had to be frequently opened. There are many flaws to this product.
Many people are also against this product and publicly post comments saying why it is so bad. This quote was posted recently before the campaign closed by Stephen Bauer: “A note to John Khademi, Saeed Khademi and Jeabyun Yeon: I look forward to seeing you in court as well. I hope this scam has been worth destroying your professional reputation. Have fun trying to find a job when employers Google search your names and find that you defrauded nearly 1,100 investors in an IndieGoGo scam with a fake product. Bunch of losers.” This is not the only comment, the list goes on and on. People have even posted a parody to the assumed fake video posted by the company in an attempt to prove their product actually works.
I personally believe that the product will probably turn out to be a scam but if does work than I will be very surprised and eager to try one out.