3D gills to allow humans to breathe continuously underwater

Japanese designer and researcher, Jun Kamei, is about to usher a new era of swimming. The designer has created artificial 3D gills that can allow you to continue breathing under water. This is particularly good news for swimmers and diving enthusiasts. Jun, who is currently working at the University of Tokyo, was inspired to come up with this idea based on his childhood dream to live underwater like a fish. The researcher recently unveiled his invention at Imperial College London.

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Jun Kamei named his invention Amphibio. According to the creator, it is a coupling between a concept and a working prototype. The equipment was obtained by 3D printing and is intended to function in the same way as the fish gill. In other words, it is equipment that will trap oxygen and allow the user to breathe underwater. According to Jun, the device will be very useful when global temperatures increase to unbearable levels and the sea level rises.

Preliminary tests reveal that the device could provide a higher level of oxygen than that provided by the tuba or the oxygen cylinder. It is therefore much more convenient and efficient for diving. This invention relies entirely on the gill mechanism of fish. In other words, amphibio will extract oxygen from the water. The good news is that these artificial gills are produced by 3D printing. In terms of design, they are offered as combinations.

Amphibio is designed as three slip-on modules connected to a shell-shaped mask. The modules suck up the water, retain the oxygen and convey it to the mask. The same mask will reject the expelled CO2.

Amphibio also comes with an oxygen-level monitoring system, that reduces the risk of drowning. Also, the renewal of oxygen is through the membrane of the gills which will allow the infiltration of the surrounding water.

Amphibio is currently undergoing some changes as it has certain limitations. However, Jun Kamei believes that these concerns can be corrected. Until then, the inventor intends to test it in an aquarium with human guinea pigs. His goal is to improve upon the equipment for human use.

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