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Wacky-Looking Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy

by , 06/23/10   filed under: Featured, Wearable Technology

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We can’t even begin to contemplate a future where we have to wear gas masks just to fend off air pollution. Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have no such qualms, however. As part of a two-week workshop on wearable, interactive responses to climate change, the duo created the W/Air, an oxygen-filtering breathing “necklace” that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use.

W/Air Breathing Necklace, Pedro Andrade, wearable technology, carbon dioxide, human-powered clothing, human-powered fashion, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, sustainable style

AIR SUPPLY

Resembling something from a future pollution-filled dystopia, W/Air also monitors the quality of the ambient air. When pollution levels spike, the mask sounds an alarm to tell its wearer to raise the nose-and-mouth hood. The mask pumps in life-giving oxygen, while distilling carbon dioxide from respiration and the environment.

The mask filters carbon dioxide from the air, then stores and converts it into electricity.

Stored in an attached cartridge, the carbon dioxide is converted into energy—enough to power a cellphone or portable music player. It’s a useful—if funny-looking—contraption, we’ll have to admit. In any case, we hope we’ll never have cause to wear one.

+ W/Air

[Via Ecofriend]

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5 Responses to “Wacky-Looking Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy”

  1. notadesigner says:

    this is a stupid idea. How exactly would this work? They might as well ‘design’ magical unicorns and fairies that solve the environment problem.

    How about this: a magical pig that eats pollution and farts out oxygen and air? I just designed something. gimmie a grant.

  2. bored_simon says:

    If you could easily convert CO2 to energy, nature would already be doing this. CO2 is very much a low energy state. It’s possible to do this with the right chemicals – but you pay a high price in terms of inputs. Heavey metels, or hard to produce inputs which cost more energy then it took in the first place. Anyone have close details, or is this just a pipe dream?

  3. burn0u7 says:

    It’s the makings of darth vador. Its what he wears under his face mask.

    The video was retarded though. bunch of ass clowns running around with signs and weird stupid gear.

  4. yoyo says:

    I worry about the science when the designers can’t even spell…

  5. Mini Pagura says:

    Hi guys, I just want to specify that this project is a sarcastic and provocative concept, and not a design solution. I hope nobody of you would like to wear a oxygen mask as it was a piece of fashion design, but instead be more aware in the everyday life before reach the level of pollution that will force us to do that.
    For what concern the technical solution we are aware about the cost of transforming CO2 in Oxygen (and if you try to google it you will see that there is a lot of research going in this direction, then, believe it or not, up to you) and I would add that convert CO2 in energy is something that nature already does…that’s how plants grow :-)
    Thank you for being provocative, and I hope you’ll take a more ironic perspective on this project.
    Martina P

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