Saving Lives: Video Demonstration Of A Remote Controlled Life Preserver

May 6, 2019

This is a promo video of the U SAFE (no, u in trouble) remote controlled life preserver from Noras Performance. You just toss it in the water and guide it to a person in need using the remote control's thumb stick (it looks like a Wii Nunchuk), you can then guide them back to safety. Simple enough. You just better hope I don't have the controller, because I will steer your straight into the jaws of a t-rex. "Don't you mean great white?" That's it, I'm just going to drive it in circles around you now.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Closet Nerd, who agrees you don't need a life preserver if you trust Aquaman.

  • Deksam

    I was remotely amused.

  • Ren

    I guess we can add lifeguarding to the growing list of jobs at risk of automation.

  • GeneralDisorder

    It'll replace pharmacists first but yeah, at some point you'll have a robot that uses AI to spot drowning risks from on high. You'll have a robot to swim out and drag the victim back in, you'll have another robot to attempt resuscitation.

  • sizzlepants

    The only way you can think that RC life preservers are going to eliminate lifeguard jobs is if you think the job is what you see on tv.

    This is an amazing proof of concept - and something that should be on all fishing boats before too long.

    But it still needs more work. Right now it's only viable if the person controlling the device can actually see the individual overboard. That's only possible if it's nice and clear out - and they noticed you going over. Unfortunately, that's not typically when people go overboard - especially not if you having a Nov - Apr fishing season in the Atlantic.

    What I think they should be looking into is some sort of emergency beacon that all fishers wear in case they hit the water. Once they go over, they activate their beacon, and the RC preserver goes directly to the signal. No worrying about steering and range. Just from the boat into the water and directly to the person overboard. Add a button on the device itself to make it return to its dock once they've connected with the person in the water.

  • Ren

    I'm talking about future risks. This is the same thing I think of when I see people say burger flipping robots are going to replace fast food workers. The technology isn't quite there yet, but in time it probably will be. Your idea of employing emergency beacons is a step closer towards full automation. With improved detection sensors, the need to activate a beacon will be obsoleted. And if you can deploy that system on a boat, you would probably be able to at the beach or a pool. And since people don't usually go swimming in poor weather conditions (some people do when there aren't any lifeguards out), it would be fairly nice and clear out when it's most needed.

    I don't disagree with you that this is amazing lifesaving tech. My boyfriend is also a lifeguard so I'm well aware of what it takes to be one. Say's he has to pee in a jug if it's busy out.

  • MustacheHam

    That's a good point on the whole beacon idea. It can be added to those nautical life-jackets so there's not an extra thing to equip before sailing off.

    We should also consider robots might not be able to tell the difference from floating debris/animal carcass vs a person waving their hands. So that's why all of this jazz is great to note.

  • Munihausen

    Just so long as I can buy sunscreen, Corona Light, and an ounce with my President Yang UBI Fast Pass.

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