Breathe Underwater? Injectable Oxygen Particle May Make Dream Reality

Do you want to breathe underwater? An injectable oxygen particle and a device called the Triton may make your dream a reality.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, one diver is capable of holding his breath for 22 minutes, but we’re pretty sure most people would be happy with holding their breath for even a minute underwater.

The discovery of this new particle is described in this way:

“Scientists have developed a new microparticle filled with oxygen that can be injected into the blood stream, keeping you alive even if you can’t intake air into your lungs. The microparticles are actually tiny capsules (2-4 micrometers tiny) made of a single layer of lipids surrounding a small bubble of oxygen gas…. Upon injecting the capsule-filled liquid into the bloodstream, the capsules crash into your red blood cells, transferring the oxygen gas from the capsule to the cell. About 70% of the oxygen injected successfully makes its way into the blood stream this way. This injection method was so successful that the scientists managed to keep rabbits with blocked windpipes alive for fifteen whole minutes.”

Even if this system could not allow someone to breathe underwater there is already another option. The James Bond movies have made the concept of a rebreather popular, but a new diver mask called the Triton “acts like a fish gill to extract oxygen from water so that the user can keep on breathing while under the sea.” This is how the device functions:

“Chambers inside separate the oxygen and release the liquid so that the user can breathe comfortably in the ocean. Using a very small but powerful micro compressor, the concept system would compress oxygen and store it in tanks. The entire gadget is powered by micro battery which is around 30 times smaller than a current battery that can quickly charge 1,000 times faster.”

Unfortunately, while this device can let you breathe underwater it’s also in the experimental stage. But pretty soon at least one of these devices might make the little mermaid seem like more than just a Disney movie.