New Necklace Could Save You From Drowning
04 July 2018
Cars have seat belts, bikes have helmets but unless you’re a kid young enough to swim with inflatable water arm rings, there is not really an equivalent when you go swimming.
Thankfully, there is a tech company out to solve this problem and ensure that your kids can enjoy swimming and be safe at the same time.
This inflating necklace can save you from drowning. It's called PLOOTA. The ploota is a sensor controlled swimming safety device that sits around your neck, both compact and reusable, unlike most life-jackets the ploota can be worn underwater.
The Ploota is a neck-worn device that deploys airbags filled with CO2, designed to keep a person’s head upright and afloat, if they’re under water for more than 30 seconds. Useful provided you aren’t in a breath-holding competition.
Here's how it works
The device clips around your neck. When it inflates refillable-CO2 cartridges in the front are engaged, inflating two bags on the side and above the shoulder immediately bringing you to the surface of the water.
“Back in 2014, two close family members of mine almost drowned in the ocean during a holiday in South Africa,” creator Rainer Fakesch told Digital Trends. “Only with luck and a huge effort did they manage to reach the shore after 30 minutes of struggling. The next year, I read in a German newspaper that during the first two summer weeks, nine people drowned in a lake. They were mostly good swimmers, but they didn’t make it back to the shore. That was the initial spark that made me start developing Ploota.”
PLOOTA is 1/50th the size of a regular foam-based life jacket, it's compact, taking up 50 times less space than average life-jackets.
Another remarkable feature is that the device is extremely lightweight, weighing only 280gms and allowing users to engage in high-intensity water sports.
If your head has been submerged for 30 seconds it triggers the inflatable balloons. It can also inflate it by pushing a button.
Ploota is a company that wants to use this device to make a difference. World Health Organization there are about 400.000 drownings worldwide every year, that is significantly more than the 265,000 casualties caused by fire and smoke. However, while billions of dollars and countless laws address the importance of making buildings safer in the event of fire, the budget for drowning prevention is virtually zero. Fakesch hopes his device will help lower that number.
A single Ploota can be pre-ordered for around $70, although other price tiers are available. The inflating mechanism is achieved using a single-use CO2 cartridge, although these can be easily swapped out. The airbags can also easily be deflated and tucked back inside the casing.
|Written by: Charlie Fischer|