If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
That’s what many people are saying about the “Trident,” which claims to be the world’s first artificial gills rebreather. But the promise of being able to breath underwater without a scuba tank hasn’t stopped thousands of people from donating more than half a million dollars to the company’s Indiegogo page.
According to the inventors, it is the gill’s microporous hollow fiber that allows only oxygen and not water to pass through so it can be compressed and breathed in. If the claims are true, then this device would let you breathe comfortably at 15 feet for up to 45 minutes.
But not so fast. Skeptics run amuck, with some just doubting the product’s functionality to others accusing the Indiegogo fundraising campaign of being nothing more than a scam. Over on the de-bunking website, Metabunk.com, a bunch of very smart people have gotten together to discuss why this technology is just not in our near future.
"The device shown cannot work as described (and even if it did, it would be extremely dangerous), there is simply too little dissolved gas in water to allow the principle to work in any practical way," one poster wrote on Metabunk.
The Triton will begin shipping (or so they say) by December 2016. So we’ll save the date and either be not so surprised that nothing happens or clamoring to get our hands on one. We’ll have to wait and see.
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