Easybreath snorkel mask promises more land-like breathing underwater
For those people unprepared to learn to scuba dive, snorkeling is a great way to explore the water while remaining close to the surface. The main problem with it is that it forces the swimmer to breathe through only their mouth, which can feel unnatural. Tribord's new Easybreath mask aims to solve that problem, by allowing natural breathing through the nose or mouth.
The design is actually pretty simple at its core. Instead of covering the user's eyes with goggles and then having a separate tube for breathing through the mouth, Easybreath covers the whole face with one piece, and contains the breathing portion right inside of the mask. Once it's on, the creators promise that the wearer can just breathe naturally.
The mask uses a double airflow system that allows the wearer to take in oxygen through the spot on the top, while allowing them to breath out through a different portion of the tube. This airflow system is what prevents the mask from fogging up while underwater, as the air the user's exhaled air is quickly removed from the mask. Air comes in via the portion the user is looking through and leaves via the outer portion of the mask, further aiding in preventing fog.
Another benefit of the design is the view. While some goggles cut off peripheral vision, Easybreath promises a larger field of vision, and seeing as much of the underwater world as possible is really what snorkeling is all about.
Not much information is available as far as where these will be sold, but Triboard did announce a €39.95 (US$54.64) price tag for when it launches later this year.
The video below provides some demonstrations of the Easybreath mask (English subtitles).
Source: Tribord via Damn Geeky
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Solves some of the problems, but if the company is reading this, I've got a few suggestions as a design engineer.