While drones have earned something of a reputation for being buzzy little floating boxes of annoyance and privacy invasion, slowly but surely, people are finding truly good, novel uses for them. And one such is drones working as lifeguard!
Called Project Ryptide, this is a self-inflating life preserver ring that snaps onto just about any drone capable of carrying a GoPro. Snap it in, fly your drone out to the person in peril, tap a button, and presto — as soon as the preserver hits the water, a CO2 cartridge dumps its contents and inflates the ring. Watch:
The developers want to Kickstart the project by 2015
Ryptide was built by Bill Piedra with a group of students from the King Low Heywood Thomas private school in Connecticut. They’re hoping to have this thing up on Kickstarter in the new year, with a model compatible with the super popular DJI Phantom drone going for $99.techcrunch.com