Remember that underwater breathing gill we told you about back in 2014?

RELATED: Read our editorial – Is Triton, The Underwater Breathing Gill, a Scam?

Well, the concept is inching toward reality with a crowdfunding campaign underway that has already exceeded the builders’ goals.

According to the TRITON Portable Oxygen Respirator‘s Indigogo campaign page, its builders have so far raised more than US$509,000 — about 1000 percent above the original $50,000 goal — with a month left to go.

As DeeperBlue.com previously reported, the TRITON extracts oxygen under water through a filter made of fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules.  A claim that has put the internet into a spin as the physics doesn’t seem stack up based on the limited information available to the public right now.  We’ve reached out to the TRITON team to clarify some of the burning questions the diving community has.

If you have dreams of the famous James Bond theme music going through your mind when you dive, head on over to the TRITON Indigogo page, check out the video below and make up your own mind as to whether this is real or not.

John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This device cannot possibly work safely, and is highly unlikely to work at all.

    I will not get into the deeper aspects of why this won’t work, as they have been covered before, see here for a very good explanation: http://www.deepseanews.com/2014/01/triton-not-dive-or-dive-not-there-is-no-triton/

    It seems like over 1,500 backers have donated over half a million dollars to a sham. Indiegogo takes no responsibility for this at all, and will not issue a refund in the event of non-delivery.

  2. Notice how he seems to become progressively less buoyant the longer he is under. At the start of each clip he is finning down at an angle just to stay under, and by the end he is lying on the floor of the pool. This is simply apnea, with him blowing out some bubbles every few second to give the impression of respiration.

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