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.