According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the third leading cause of accidental deaths worldwide. In 2012 alone, more than 370,000 deaths were caused by drowning.
Tom Agapiades, an investor from Gridley, California has designed a portable water safety device that may save lives from this accident.
Dubbed as Kingii, the smallest floatation device in the world can provide safety in any kind of water activity such swimming, kayaking, surfing, etc. Unlike a life-jacket, this portable inflatable wristband is a non-invasive gear - you can freely move your body while enjoying your favorite water aport.
The safety gear has an air bag that immediately inflates when the lever handle is pulled. It also has a built-in compass which helps the user navigate back to the right direction. The wearer can also create an alarming sound to get someone’s attention by using the whistle attached to it.
According to Agapiades, he was inspired to come up with this idea after one of his friends drowned in a lake. It could have been avoided if he was wearing this safety gear.