Crowdfunded Water Safety Device Could Save Lives

Crowdfunded Water Safety Device Could Save Lives

A Pool Floatie That Explodes From Your Wrist Like a Jack-in-the-Box

From Gizmodo

Drownings in inground swimming pools and natural bodies of water claim thousands of lives every year.  Antequated technologies like pool floaties have significant flaws that don’t necessarily prevent drownings.  Even the newer technologies like pool alarms don’t necessarily save a swimmer in distress, as the causes for drowning can happen suddenly and unxpectedly, rendering a water sensor useless.  This new invention that is being funded on Indiegogo could possibly be the best approach to saving a swimming in distress.  This post from Gizmodo demonstrates the device, and gives specifics on how one can get involved in funding this exciting breakthrough.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Well here’s a clever idea. An Indiegogo campaign for a safety device that pulls a swimmer to the surface in an emergency. It looks like a wild ride—a bit like flying through the air while hanging on to a helium balloon.

It’s called Kingii (kin-JEE), and though it bills itself as a small, wearable, water safety device, it’s a pretty whimsical one. If you’re in trouble underwater, simply pull a lever and your hand and head fly toward the surface, where you can use the inflatable as a flotation device that stays inflated for up to two days. According to the campaign, it’s 78 times smaller than a lifejacket.

The bag is inflated with an internal C02 cartridge that’s activated once the lever is pulled. It also comes with a built-in compass and whistle. The inflatable itself is the same hazard orange as a traditional lifejacket, but the non-obtrusive design allows you to swim with it, as well. And provided you stock up on CO2 cartridges, it’s completely reusable.

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