Can a robot patrol a beach? Probably not, but one may be able to help lifeguards with difficult rescues.
The Green Valley, Arizona-based company Hydronalix has created a robotic flotation device meant to deploy to swimmers when a lifeguard can’t.
The robot is called Emily, which is short for Emergency Integrated Life-saving Lanyard. It weighs 25 pounds, can go up to 25 miles per hour and can be used as a flotation device for up to six people.
Not A Lifeguard Replacement
Hydronalix Executive Vice President Robert Lautrup says that Emily is not meant to replace lifeguards.
“People that take that outlook about replacing the lifeguard don’t understand the value of professionals, thinking ahead, working to prevent drownings,” he told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “I think the professional lifeguards see it as another technical tool to make rescues either more quickly or with less risk under many circumstances.”
Lautrup says that Emily does have certain limitations, but it can help get to drowning victims in conditions that are too dangerous for a lifeguard to attempt a rescue — for instance in a rip tide or rough weather.
Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young as co-host of Here & Now in its new 2-hour format, from WBUR and NPR.
Opposition leader Olga Bielkova says the attempt by the police to disperse protesters overnight in Ukraine was yet another instance of the country’s president breaking a promise.2 Comments | more »
Marianne Mollmann, director of programs at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, joins us to discuss gay rights from India to Uganda.6 Comments | more »
In the early 1980s, Nelson Mandela’s name was virtually unknown in the United States. In fact, it was Steve Biko, who first put the struggles of black South Africans into public consciousness in the U.S.9 Comments | more »