Revival Vest could be the new survival aid for water sport enthusiasts
- Published: 20/11/2012 at 08:42 AM
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After a family friend died while free diving, a designer from New Zealand invented a vest which uses smart fabric technology to trigger the vest to inflate when it detects danger.
Revival Vest, designed using smart fabric technology, has been inspired by designer's friend's death. ©All rights reserved.
The Revival Vest was created by industrial design graduate James McNab and uses Footfalls and Heartbeats smart fabric technology to monitor respiration. The vest is activated when it detects bodily changes such as cerebral hypoxia, if the diver loses consciousness and his body becomes limp. This triggers the vest to inflate and bring the diver to the surface in a safety position.
McNab designed the vest after a family friend died after losing consciousness while spearfishing (using breath-hold diving) in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand last year. The diver was a young and athletic medical student who had taken all the necessary precautions. The project was developed in conjunction with breath-hold divers and hence has been designed to allow maximum movement.
The revival vest can be adapted to other water sports such as kite surfing and kayaking. While the prototype has been tested among water sports experts and has received positive feedback, it has not yet been commercialized.
The project was one of the runners-up this month in the James Dyson international design award, an international student design award running in 18 countries organized by the James Dyson Foundation. James Dyson is a British designer famous for creating, among other things, the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner.
The winner of this year's award was British designer Dan Watson, for his product the SafetyNet, a series of rings that can be fitted to trawler nets providing escape for young fish that can't legally be sold on the market.
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