LONGREACH Lifesaver Bazooka Wins 2010 James Dyson Award
Over the past few months, we've been covering some noteworthy contenders for the prestigious James Dyson Award for student design innovation. This week, the global winner was finally announced – the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System, best described as a lifesaver bazooka.
The Australian entry, brainchild of industrial design student Samuel Adeloju, presents a portable system for drowning victim rescue via a rapidly deployed water-activated buoyancy device made out of hydrophobic, instantaneously expanding foam. The sytem allows victims to remain afloat until rescue personnel reaches them and pulls them to safety.
The easy-to-operate device can be propelled nearly 500 feet and is equipped with a light attracting attention to the victim's location.
Adeloju takes home a £10,000 grand prize matched by an equal sum awarded to his department at the University of New South Wales.
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