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The Triton Oxygen Mask isn't gonna happen, and here's why

After Thunderball hit the big screen, everyone wanted to know where they could procure Q Branch's tiny underwater breathing apparatus. The Royal Corps of Engineers even asked art director Peter Lamont how long the device could be used underwater. He said "as long as you can hold your breath." According to the Daily Mail, the Corps can finally stop waiting and exhale, because a device called the Triton Oxygen Mask has emerged, claiming to replicate 007's toy.

Though called a concept, this mask professes to use technology developed by a Korean scientist that functions similar to gills, allowing you to breathe underwater. Full disclosure: Supercompressor most definitely wanted this thing to be real. 

The designer says the product has a "very small but very powerful micro-compressor" (a Supercompressor?) that can separate the dissolved oxygen like fish gills, and put it in a tiny tank for storage. All of this is supposedly powered by a "micro-battery" that uses futuristic tech to last an absurdly long time. Think about the not-so-micro battery in your iPhone. It barely lasts 12 hours and you only checked Instagram like 5 times.

Obviously, this sounds great, but Deep Sea News calls bullsh*t. Doing some elementary calculation — they show their work — Deep Sea News figured out that the Triton would have to pass 90 liters per minute, approximately equivalent to the pump that keeps your grandpa's basement from flooding when it rains. That much power in such a small mask? Not likely anytime soon. Maybe four or five Bonds from now.