Unbeknowst to many, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children have the highest drowning rates. An concerned emergency physician from North Carolina has developed a system designed to address this issue.
Created by Graham Snyder, the SEAL wearable swim monitor is a plastic necklace that alerts anyone using the connected base station, such as a parent or lifeguard, if the person wearing the device is in danger of drowning. The device can also be configured based on the wearer's swimming expertise, from non-swimmer, which triggers the alarm the moment the device touches the water, on up to professional swimmers
Although quite a bit of information is provided, Snyder doesn't go into great detail regarding exactly how the SEAL's patented sensor technology works, which could be a sticking point for parents concerned about putting such a device around the necks of their children in water environments.
Nevertheless, the product's Indiegogo campaign to raise funding appears to be doing quite well. If the funding is successful, the device, which is currently selling for $149, will be available by January 2014. You can take a closer look at how it works in the video below.