Allowing young ones to swim in pools and lakes always comes with a risk. The young swimmers can and have drowned even when they were under supervision. Several inventions aim to lessen the risks and keep the little ones safe. One such device is the iSwimband. This wearable sensor triggers an alarm on a paired iOS device when it remains under water for too long.
Aquatic Safety Concepts was the company behind the iSwimband concept. They unveiled their new invention at CES earlier this year . Shipments have already started, parents all over the globe deciding to give it a shot. The idea for this device was inspired by a tragic event: the death of a 9 year old boy from Connecticut who drowned while being supervised. During the eight years that passed since the event the team used the knowledge of experts, technologists, designers and engineers to create iSwimband.
The wearable sensor is not meant to replace supervision. It is meant to give parents the extra few seconds that could make the different between life and death. The iSwimband can be worn both as a wristband and a headband. Due to a built-in sensor, the device detects whether it has been submerged for a length of time defined by parents previous to its use. If that limit is reached, the sensor sends an alert to a companion iOS app. It uses Bluetooth to do so and its range is 30m.
One smart device is able to monitor up to eight devices. Each device can be assigned a name and a different time limit. The iSwimband comes with a fixed, non-replaceable battery. According to the company it should last hundreds of hours. Though the app is designed for iOS 7, support for older versions is being developed. Also, Android users will have their own app as well in the future.
For $99 you can purchase a pack made of one headband, one wristband, and a sensor that can be placed in a pocket. Would you buy the iSwimband?