We all breathe as a vital bodily function to keep ourselves alive, but aside from the health benefits of air-to-blood circulation (and, of course, not dying), one designer thinks breathing can also be an alternate source of electrically charging your devices.
The concept is similar to wind turbines that help generate energy for power plants, but adapted to a much smaller scale. Designer João Paulo Lammoglia created the AIRE Mask which is outfitted with small wind turbine-like system to help convert your breaths into energy. The collected energy is transferred through an eco-friendly cable that end up charging your preferred devices. The mask is also made to be used both indoors and outdoors, so you can charge your phone while you sleep or while you're out for a jogging exercise. Since the mask system is relatively small and portable, you can also carry the mask around in case your gadgets need some emergency energy boost. Say goodbye to lugging around various different charging wires when you're on an overnight trip. The mask will also be helpful if you're going to a place with limited electricity.
"The consumerist tendencies of today's industrialized society make the use of gadgets increasingly common, either by necessity or hobby," Lammoglia explained of the concept's derivation. "Though many of our gadgets offer benefits, they tend to consume a high amount of electrical energy. This may cause problems for the environment, especially if the energy used by these devices is derived from non-renewable sources."
Where would you actually use this product? We imagine it would be perfectly alright to test it out at home where we won't have to be embarrassed with the mask on or feel like a construction worker. Because the AIRE Mask can be used in any position, you can charge your phone without wasting more energy as you stand upright to clean the house, sit down to watch television, or lie on your side when you take naps. But if the device is powered by how much air you breathe in and out, using it at the gym would also be a great way to kill two birds with one stone by pumping high volumes of air into your blood as you exercise while also giving some charge into your phone.
The AIRE Mask recently won a Design Concept award in the red dot international design competition, so perhaps we will see this weird breathing mask in our homes sooner than later. The only things left to be curious about are the price of the system, and how much air is needed to convert a certain amount of energy. Breathing to charge gadgets would certainly be helpful, but not if we have to breathe for two days to get a full charge on an iPod.
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