Continuing from the previous articles on swim safety wearables…
In my previous articles I spoke about two technology enabled safety devices, Safety Turtle Wristband and Aqua Alert Wristband. These devices are for non-swimmers and mainly meant to alert when they come in contact with water. For this and next upcoming articles, my focus will be on devices that are more advanced, configurable and also work as a safety device for swimmers, particularly, young swimmers and novice swimmers.
Coupe of points I would like to reiterate:
- Even though these safety devices provide an extra layer of protection, learning to swim and also swimming under watchful and vigilant eyes still remains the best defense against drowning.
- These devices DO NOT prevent drowning, they function only as alerts and the rescue personnel still need to bring the swimmer to safety.
iSwimBand is a simple band that can be worn as a headband or wristband or strapped to the goggle and is useful for both non-swimmers and swimmers. This band uses Blue Tooth technology to communicate with smart phone running either on iOS or Android via a mobile app. The band sends a signal to the smart phone when the swimmer is submerged for more than a pre-set value or a non-swimmer enters the water. The device has a limited range of 30 meters of direct line of sight. Up to 8 iSwimBands can be linked to one device. The device runs on a non-replaceable battery – some users might see that as a limitation even though the manufacturer claims the battery can run for 100 hours. The device goes to sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity. In my opinion, having an indicator to display the remaining battery life could have been a nice feature.
A device is good as long as it works when the need arises. As much as we desire, there is no 100% guarantee that these devices will deploy when there is a true emergency. The safest bet is to test the devices from time to time to ensure performance, particularly, before getting into the water. Also, if the device relies on another device or mobile app, please ensure those devices and apps are up and running too.
Always ensure the device you are wearing is in working condition before plunging into the water.
Please stay tuned for more upcoming interesting articles on safety wearables.