Invention Of The Week? Kingii Will Help Prevent Drownings

It is estimated that about 372,000 people die each year from drowning, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the United States the U.S. Coast Guard reports that well over 80 per cent of drownings two years ago were a direct result of swimmers, surfers, divers, kayakers, and boaters not wearing a life jacket.

However, a new wearable device has been developed in a bid to help greatly reduce the number of drownings in the U.S. and around the world.

Let’s face it, many of us don’t like wearing a clunky looking orange life jacket; however Kingii is small and slick in style and it will keep you safer while you are out having fun in the water.

Tom Agapiades and his team based out of Gridley, California, have invented Kingii, which they say is the "new standard in water safety."

Kingii is a life preserver that you simply wear around your wrist. During an emergency you simply just pull its handle and a bright orange nylon balloon inflates within one second.

The balloon is extremely light, weighing only 4.9 ounces, and has been tested and proven to provide buoyancy to an adult weighing almost 300 pounds.

Kingii: The Smallest Inflatable In The World

Agapiades admits that the idea for Kingii came about after his team lost a close friend who recently drowned.

“A dear friend of ours drowned in a lake, and it could have been prevented. We don't want anyone to experience losing a loved one, especially when they can be saved,” says Agapiades.

“After I lost a friend in a preventable drowning accident, I developed Kingii as a way to promote the importance of water safety and, hopefully, end this type of tragedy once and for all,” explains Agapiades.

The wearable wristband that is rechargeable also has a compass, wrist clasp, CO2 cartridge, a bag pouch and a whistle. Kigii is a one-size-fits-all device, but it is not recommended for children under the age of five years old.

Kingii: Worry Less. Enjoy The Water

At present, Kigii is the only non-invasive wearable wristband on the market that works as a secure life preserver.

“Other than the traditional life vest, there haven't been any other attempts [at tackling the problem]," says Agapiades. “While there are some devices that allow parents to monitor children in the water, Kingii is the only wearable that actually has floatation capabilities.”

The cost for Kingii is $69.00 (USD) each. Of course the more your order then the price goes up. Packages for families and groups start at $155.00. Premium merchant packages range from $1,300.00 to $29,000.00.

Will this new invention make some waves among water lovers?

Of course it will. First, parents will enjoy the fact that their kids will be safer in the water while wearing this smart wearable wristband.

And adults will find it more than useful: the device is small and sporty looking and it is almost 80 times less bulky than the traditional life jacket. Yes, finally there is a cool life preserver on the market. You might soon look out of place if you don’t sport one.

As Agapiades indicates: “Kingii is the perfect alternative to life jackets for beginner and advanced swimmers of any age… Now, for those who would previously forgo wearing a life vest, they can have the same security without the restrictions or discomfort.”