"Project RYPTIDE" The lifeguard Drones

Drones they've gained something of a status for being buzzy little floating boxes of frustration and privacy assault, and the packs of people unpacking them this week and afterward crashing them into the nearest tree/power line/neighbour’s house perhaps won’t help.

Slowly but certainly, though, people are producing truly good, innovative uses for them. Preventing rhino poaching! Finding skiers misplaced in the Alps! And now… rescuing you from drowning?

Named “Project Ryptide”, this is a self-inflating life protector ring that snaps onto just about any drone proficient of carrying a GoPro. Snap it in, fly your drone out to the individual in danger, tap a button, and presto — as soon as the guard hits the water, a CO2 cartridge dumps its contents and fills the ring.

Ryptide was manufactured by Bill Piedra with a set of students from the King Low Heywood Thomas private school in Connecticut. They’re hopeful to have this thing up on Kick-starter in the New Year, with a model friendly with the widely popular DJI Phantom drone going for $99.



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