3D Printed Amphibious Gill Designed by Jun Kamei Can Let People to Breathe Under Water

Amphibio is a 3D printed amphibious apparel which operates as a gill. Developed for a future where mankind lives in very close proximity to water as a result of the rising water level, it offers daily convenience to the people who spend just as much time in the water as on land.

Designed by Jun Kamei, the Amphibio is a two-part 3D-printed accessory which operates as an amphibious garment. Functioning like a set of gills, this amphibious garment draws oxygen from water and lets out carbon dioxide back into the water. Kamei has built a functional prototype of Amphibio. Although it at the moment doesn’t generate sufficient oxygen to sustain human breathing.

A white device that is positioned around the neck and chest functions as the gill. It is hollow inside and contains air, which can be breathed in and out via the mask, connected to the gill by a tube.

The technology was inspired from water diving insects which survive underwater by virtue of a thin layer of air trapped on their superhydrophobic skin surface, working as a gas exchanging gill. The newly developed material can be shaped into complex form using the recent additive manufacturing technology such as 3D printing.

“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.

Although the dystopian connotation of a flooded world, Kamei wants to propose a more optimistic vision of such future, where humans are free to live in the oceans as well as on land.

Photography by Mikito Tateisi