Life-guards take a great deal of risk to save drowning people from hostile tides. The whole business takes a mix of power and technique. But one thing is common in this type of tasks – human intervention. No matter, what technology we use it is a life-guard who have to rescue the victims. And, that’s where rescue missions fail sometimes. Humans are too slow and weak against the unsettling tides of the sea. Sometimes, its too late when the rescuer reaches there. Keeping that in mind Hydronalix has brought a robotic lifeguard named E.M.I.L.Y. that can reach to the drowning people in a very short time and save lives.
E.M.I.L.Y. is the acronym of Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard. It is 54-inch long, 16-inch wide and 8-inch high. With the weight of 25 pounds, it can travel 35 minutes at a stretch. For more of its specifications, visit Hydronalix.
E.M.I.L.Y. will work as an assistant to human life-guards. It is a remote-controlled jet-ski like buoy that reaches to the victim in a very short time, stabilizes the victims through floating and waits for the real life-guard to come and rescue. The victim can easily grab E.M.I.L.Y. as it has hand loops (some versions have rope) on the side of it. The propeller helps the craft to move at 25 miles per hour speed. It can support maximum 4 victims to afloat. The device has come with several safety features like a screen on the intake valve of the jet pump to prevent fingers and long hair from getting caught.
Though Hydronalix unveiled the concept two and a half years before, but the company recently started selling the craft’s commercial versions. The Los Angeles County Lifeguards at Zuma Beach in Malibu helped Hydronalix to improve the design of the prototype. E.M.I.L.Y. has been deployed in Depot Bay, Oregon and Westerly and Rhode Island.
The robotic lifeguard costs $10,000 to build. Future versions of E.M.I.L.Y. may come with sonar scanners to help detect objects and possibly people trapped underwater. Watch E.M.I.L.Y. in action in the video below.