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Artist Designs Futuristic 3D Device To Help Humans Breathe Underwater

By Koty Neelis

Headlines about climate change make most of us want to avoid thinking about what life will be like as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, but that's exactly what inspired Japanese designer in his future-focused artistic work. Jun Kamei has created a 3D printed garment that would help humans breathe underwater.

Called Amphibio, it's "a gill garment for our aquatic future,” designed specifically for a future where humans will have to co-exist with rising sea levels. Inspired from the gill of water diving insects, the device is made out of a special porous hydrophobic material which supports underwater breathing by replenishing oxygen from the surrounding water and dissipating carbon dioxide which accumulate in the system. 

Kamei presented the device as part of his graduation thesis from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA). "By 2100, a temperature rise of 3.2 degrees celsius is predicted to happen, causing a sea-level rise affecting between 500 million and three billion people, and submerging the megacities situated in the coastal areas," he explained.