UPDATE: This product has been proven as a scam after the creators admitted so after launching a crowdfunding site.  You can read more here.

It’s almost like something “Q” would take out of his pocket in a James Bond film: an artificial gill that allows the user to breathe underwater without an air tank.

Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon has come up with an idea called the TRITON Portable Oxygen Respirator. The concept is fairly straighforward, he says:

“To breathe under water, we must learn how to use a complicated oxygen respirator. If we can stay under water for a long time through an easy way, many changes will occur in our marine lifestyle.”

TRITON extracts oxygen under water through a filter made of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules:

“Using a very small but powerful micro compressor, it compresses oxygen and stores the extracted oxygen in a storage tank. The micro compressor operates through a micro battery. The micro battery is a next-generation technology with a size 30 times smaller than current battery that can quickly charge 1,000 times faster.”

To see more, check out Jeabyun Yeon‘s website.