‘Artificial gills’ maker relaunches Indiegogo campaign amidst controversy

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Last month, Triton, a start-up claiming to have created "artificial gills" that let divers breathe for up to 45 minutes underwater, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and amassed nearly $1 million in funding. Three days ago, it fully refunded all of its backers, canceled that campaign, issued an update and proof of concept video, and then launched a new campaign. The issue? It seems Triton’s claims that its simplistic-looking "rebreather" could filter out enough oxygen from water using filtration alone were shaky at best and came under scrutiny from scientists who dismissed the highly desirable tech as fictitious. According to one researcher, in order for the Triton to properly work and extract gaseous oxygen, it’d need to have an inbuilt pump push a large amount of water through its filters. That’s not something swimming alone could achieve.

Triton’s since responded by somewhat clarifying how its diving tech works, saying only that it relies on a combination of the microporous hollow fiber filters in its "gills" and replaceable liquid oxygen cylinders to deliver breathable oxygen. The start-up’s holding back any further specifics of how its tech works due to intellectual property concerns. And while that certainly doesn’t clear up any of the confusion or skepticism surrounding the project, it definitely hasn’t slowed enthusiasm from backers. To date, the relaunched campaign has raised just under $250,000, blowing past its modest $50,000 goal. The "gills," which are priced at $299 for backers and are set to hit retail at $399, are currently slated to ship this December. Just don’t hold your breath.

Source: Ars Technica, Indiegogo

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Fujifilm’s X70 Is the Palm-Sized, Retro-Styled Camera We’ve Been Waiting For

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Fujifilm's X70 Is the Palm-Sized, Retro-Styled Camera We've Been Waiting For

Fujifilm’s covetable line of retro-looking cameras is getting a slim, compact sibling. The X70 looks like just the camera a lot of people have been waiting for.

The x70 comes into to the line below Fujifilm’s top point-and-shoot, the X100T, which is totally awesome but a bit clumsy to handle, and very expensive at its $1300 list price. It’s fun to shoot with, but we would never buy one.

Fujifilm's X70 Is the Palm-Sized, Retro-Styled Camera We've Been Waiting For

Even without fully trying the X70 out, I’m already fearing for my credit card around when I’m around it. That said it’s not exorbitant; The $700 price point feels downright approachable for a high-quality camera.

Yes, and despite it’s slim build, there’s every indication that the X70 will be a powerful shooter. It’s got the same second-generation . 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor as the X100T. Of course, this is a fixed lens camera, with a nice wide 18.5mm f/2.8 lens. It’s basically a street photographer’s joy.

Fujifilm's X70 Is the Palm-Sized, Retro-Styled Camera We've Been Waiting For

Fujifilm’s made some sacrifices on the external hardware to get the camera down in both size and price. The camera has no built-in optical viewfinder, however, Fujifilm will offer an external attachment you can slide one onto the hot shoe. What’s more, though the camera retains nice features like a few external controls and a pop-out touchscreen viewfinder, it’s just bit going to be quite as quick on the manual controls as the X100T because it doesn’t have a dial for every last possible setting.

Of course, in the point-and-shoot world, the X70 has competition. It’s most obvious competitor in both appearance and retro style is the Ricoh GR, which is teeny tiny, and has a super sharp lens. On the more the more fully-featured side of things, the Sony Rx100 line is very hard to argue with, especially given the blowout deals you can get on earlier models.

Fujifilm's X70 Is the Palm-Sized, Retro-Styled Camera We've Been Waiting For

The X70 hits next month, and we can’t wait to take it for a spin.


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