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James Dyson award winner aims to save lives on the water



Living in Florida where we too often hear about tragedies at sea, these two gadgets caught my attention.

The Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System was announced today as the winner of the 2010 James Dyson Award, beating 14 additional finalists. The device is like a bazooka that shoots foam capsules 150m (nearly 500 feet). The capsules expand in just 15 seconds after contact with water to form a life ring.



The capsules are made from hydrophobic (rapidly expanding) foam and have a light for better visibility in all lighting conditions. Longreach also is equipped with Para-Flares for night-time Illumination. A 24-year-old industrial design graduate from Sydney, Samuel Adeljou, developed the device. He has received a £10,000 ($15,908) prize and a matching prize for the engineering faculty at his alma mater, the University of New South Wales.

The second-place winner was another device for saving lives on the water. The Seakettle life raft not only provides floatation and shelter at sea but also uses a desalination process to supply drinking water. It was designed by Kim Hoffman, a recent product design graduate of San Francisco's Academy of Art University.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:39pm]


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