Pools and beaches are synonymous with summer time, but fears about drowning can be a bit nerve-wracking for parents. And according to a Red Cross Water Safety Poll, 49% of people surveyed said they have had an experience where they feared they might drown. One company wants to relieve a bit of that stress and help save lives, and so the Kingii inflatable bracelet was born.
The lightweight device looks like a spy gadget and wraps around your wrist, but it's not a watch. In an emergency, you can "pull the lever until the internal CO2 cartridge is pierced and the bag starts to inflate within seconds,” says the product's website. “Once Kingii is inflated, either swim to safety or call for assistance. You may also use the attached whistle.” It's a sleek, on-demand floatie.
A video demonstration of the product shows a young girl underwater activating the device and then safely floating to the surface of the pool.
You can reuse the device simply by replacing the CO2 cartridge inside. “After usage, deflate the balloon, fold it and put it back into the pouch,” says the site. “Replace the CO2 cylinder carefully and the Kingii is ready to be used again.”
Carefree beach days, here we come!