The iPhone is both the best and most frustrating invention of the modern era. It’s fantastic, it gives us an almighty amount of information and communications at our fingertips and it’s one of the must-have gadgets of the 21st century. However, the damn thing drinks battery power like Charlie Sheen in a tiger blood bar. We’ve got a couple of portable chargers on our site, and there are several others out there, but today a man named Joao Paulo Lammoglia has come up with the most absolutely insane way to charge an iPhone in the brief but technologically eventful history of Apple.
The AIRE mask does exactly what you’re thinking “well it looks like it does that, but surely that would just be mental?”. You charge your iPhone (or iPod, we don’t discriminate) by breathing into the mask, which uses what we can only assume is a combination of witchcraft and Star Wars technology to keep your device topped up.
Actually, it’s reportedly just miniature wind turbines that spin when you breathe, but we thought our initial description sounded cooler. Although it’s an astounding piece of technology, we’re willing to bet that it will never be a success basically down to the fact that you look like Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat when wearing it; it’s not going to do you any good to have a fully charged iPhone when you’re already finished off every single one of your friends in a fit of violent, 2D 16-bit rage.
To be fair to the designer, it’s also been made so that it works in your sleep, which could be useful if you were actually able to sleep with a mask like that on your face. It’s only a prototype, so we can’t be sure, but I’m willing to bet that the turbines make a bit of noise too, so you won’t even have to snore loudly to be awoken by your own breathing.
Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate the concept and think it’s definitely something that has potential… but not like this. Back to the drawing board, Mr. Lammoglia. Thanks for your time.