Crowdfunding raises $300,000 for absurd artificial gills device
The company behind a bogus device which claimed it allowed people to breathe underwater has bounced back with another dubious crowd-funding campaign. Despite being forced to return nearly $1m of investors money when it couldn't substantiate its claims about the Triton Rebreather, it is back in business claiming its device in fact works on liquid oxygen and has so far raised nearly $300,000.
Originally it claimed that South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon had invented a set of 'artificial gills' that allowed you to filter oxygen as you swam underwater. Despite the absurdity of its claims and the lack of any supporting evidence, it raised more than $900,000 in an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign .
Last week it returned the funds of the original investors and this week has come up with a stunning new twist.
On its fund-raising web page it says:
'Over the past week, we have received several requests for more video footage and evidence that demonstrates Triton's technology.
'Since launching we have been protecting our proprietary technology because it's so important to our success, but after careful consideration we think it's important to share these details and clarify how the device works. Inside of each Triton, the artificial gills utilize "liquid oxygen", which combined with the other components allow users to breathe underwater, which you can see in the video above. We will release more information about the 'liquid oxygen' cylinders and safety strap.
'Note that the "liquid oxygen" cylinders won't last forever so we plan to make it possible for backers to purchase and exchange cylinders through our website. They will come in packs of 1, 3 and 5, and we'll list prices as soon as they are finalized. We're also working on a solution to make them refillable.
'We wanted to share it at the beginning of the campaign but were hesitant because we also wanted to protect our intellectual property. Our success and the positive comments we have received have made it clear that these details are important for our backers to understand.'
The claim that liquid oxygen can be used in a small mouth-held device to allow you to dive underwater is probably even more absurd and even more dangerous than its claim to have invented a rebreather the size of a snorkel. Nevertheless to date, 755 backers have pledged $297,715 to be the first to get their liquid oxygen powered artificial gills.
Here's just one of the many responses that rebuts the bizarre claims made by the Triton 'inventors'.