iSwim band used to prevent drownings

UNDATED (KTHV) - While water should be a source of summer fun, sadly it can often be the site of tragedy.

The CDC says each year approximately 800 children drown. That's the number of students on 11 full school buses.

But, after one father witnessed a child who nearly drowned in their neighborhood lake, he decided to turn to technology to prevent incidents like this.

"Drowning is just very difficult to detect. It's not like what you see in Hollywood. It's quiet, it happens fast, there's usually very little noise and the child could look like they are swimming underwater or playing," said the inventor.

He developed the iSwim band. It's the first wearable device to detect potential drownings.

It is worn as a headband by swimmers or wristband by anyone who should not be in the water. The sensor detects when it has been submerged too long and sounds an alarm on your smart phone or iPad.

The iSwim band has an effective range of up to 100 feet and a price tag of $99.


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