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Emily: A Robotic Lifeguard for Use in Water Sports Safety

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Hydronalix has created a robotic lifeguard named Emily for use in pools, on beaches and even for applications on the high seas. Emily can assist drowning victims in conditions that are too dangerous for a lifeguard to traverse like the high tides or inclement weather. In addition, Emily is suited ideally to owners of secluded beachfront properties.

The weather can get so inclement that swimmers may not be permitted by local authorities to even attempt a water rescue. Emily can function in virtually any weather while the operator guides the unit to travel up to 40 mph from the shore. Emily is helpful additionally in high sea areas where passengers fall off a ship or luxury cruiser accidentally.

Emily can be carried to the shore and dropped onto the water. The device is remote-controlled and battery-powered. It also has a colored flag so that the operator can determine how to direct Emily to anyone stranded in the water. Emily can’t help anyone under the water. However, the device can be employed strictly as a flotation unit so that stranded swimmers can hold onto the device until help arrives.

Emily can be employed to collect hurricane data in real time by traveling on the water in the midst of a hurricane to measure such things as wind velocity and shear. In addition, Emily may be employed to locate buried treasure under the sea by attaching underwater surfing cameras to the undercarriage. These and other advanced applications of Emily are being explored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hydronalix depicts pictures of Emily traveling in the water while opposing breaking waves effortlessly. Additional pictures show surf zone testing and sea trials in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Emily has a 577 watt battery storage capability. The unit can be programmed to travel up to 40 mph for 35 minutes on the same charge. The unit weighs 25 pounds and is under 5 feet in length. Emily supports up to 80 pounds in buoyancy.

Emily is not a cure. However, its applications are very topical for rescues where people are above water and in need of assistance. It is helpful in instances where the lifeguard is tied up temporarily or if he or she isn’t available on an immediate basis. In addition, Emily is useful for weather monitoring applications on the high seas.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.