Futuristic Algae-Filled Suit Feeds Off Wearer’s Breath [Video]

Futuristic Algae-Filled Suit Feeds Off Wearer’s Breath [Video]

Bionic suit uses algae's photosynthesis to keep people alive.

Ross Brooks
  • 14 august 2013

As populations continue to grow, alternative food sources can’t be avoided for long. In the effort to develop new sources of nourishment, Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton have created the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit – a unique new way to keep humans alive.

The suit creates a symbiotic relationship between humans and algae – providing all the essential nutrients a person needs to survive via a series of plastic tubes that act like a secondary circulation system.

As green algae flows through the tubes, it seems to pulse with life, aided in part by the glowing green color that is produced by the plant.


To debut the futuristic suit, an opera singer used her impressive lung capacity to produce algae product within the tubes of the suit at the V&A in London. The carbon dioxide in her breath was ample fuel, resulting in a supply of algae that the audience were invited to come up and try.

See the suit for yourself in this short video:

Algaculture Symbiosis Suit


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