EMILY Robot Lifeguard

EMILY Robot Lifeguard

Posted On: June 28, 2010
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Cue the Baywatch music and watch as Emily does her stuff, saving humans while being not nearly as sexy as a Baywatch babe. Swimmers at Malibu’s Zuma Beach this summer might just have their life saved by EMILY. The robot set to launch there and at 25 other beaches by December. It could rescue victims six times faster than a human. And speed is essential when saving lives.

The raft operates via remote control, which is held by a lifeguard on land. On board sonar helps lifeguards locate struggling victims and save them. EMILY is basically a padded surfboard strapped to an engine and jet ski impeller, capable of speeds up to 28 mph. The versions released into the water on 2011 will be completely autonomous, with on board software that will be able to distinguish between thrashing victim and surfer, and save them.