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#1 Post by crashtestdummy » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:38 pm



Anyone seen these before, seems like a good idea.
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#2 Post by arpie » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:56 pm

An interesting concept, Greg, but I didn't hear how it actually 'goes off'. Did you?

So it really makes a manual life jacket into an automatic one?

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#3 Post by vermiculite » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:04 pm

After watching the vid I am still not sure what the electronic part does. Does it detect if you are unconscious?
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#4 Post by vermiculite » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:25 pm

Did a bit of a search and this is all I could find. This video explains how it works. Not a bad idea.


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#5 Post by tonystott » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:12 am

Sounds like the ticket for kayakers - enables use of unobtrusive inflatable PFDs with an automatic inflation function which apparently avoids accidental inflation by flying spray (or even momentary submersion). Any link as to where to find out more?
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#6 Post by arpie » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:47 am

Well done, Vermiculite!! Don't know why I didn't look for his other vid too! :roll:

OK .... so there is a pressure switch that will inflate the vest automatically if it is submerged at 1m or deeper more than 10 seconds! That sounds terrific.

The tragic deaths of those 2 young surf life savers who were competing on the Gold Coast when hit by their boards & drowned ...... they may have been saved if they had been wearing these! I can see them becoming compulsory kit for Competitions in particular.

When knocked out unexpectedly, often the air in your lungs is explosively expelled - which makes you sink like a stone - which is why the young blokes above were not found until hours later. They were already on the bottom in turbulent conditions.

I can see this becoming standard kit on all inflatable life jackets - even for rock hoppers (one of the most deadly fishing sport out there) - if you are swimming on the surface, it will NOT inflate - only if you go under 1m or more & stay there for 10 sec or more.

I'll see if I can contact the guy to see how far his R&D has come - tho it looks pretty well complete as is!!

cheers & thanks for posting, Greg!!

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Imagine if these were on all airplanes? It would increase the possibility of survival, I would think, if the smash doesn't do you in first!

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#7 Post by crashtestdummy » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:53 am

Hi Tony
I heard the bloke who has developed this is trying to get funding to put it into larger production in Australia while keeping the business under his ownership. With anything that is a good idea it will be copied by another OS company and released at half the price. I just wondered if anyone had seen them available online somewhere as yet.
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#8 Post by Matt S » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:00 am

What a top idea. If I can find one I will buy one :grin:
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#9 Post by NQDean » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:12 am

I have three young daughters and if this was available I would buy three imediately, and spare myself the angst whenever they go swimming in a pool or otherwise. This should be a priority for the gov to fund, even Lorrie Lorrence should be made aware of this.
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#10 Post by arpie » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:45 am

I like that it can be added to existing PFDs. I'd buy one too. Time will tell if he replies to message I put on the vids!

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#11 Post by Steve R » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:24 pm

Sounds good but a lot of things are not stated: Maintenance? Replaceable battery? Dispose or reset after it triggers? Reliability testing? Replace when...? Any differences used in salt vs fresh?

The guy needs a web site.
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#12 Post by snail200 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:02 pm

yep still a lot of questions - can it still be inflated manually? What happens if you are face down but don't sink? or if you are in the water conscious but simply exhausted - it may sound silly but getting down to 1m could be hard for some people - do they just have to wait until they become unconscious and sink for it to go off and bring them back up? And yeah the maintenance side of things - hydrostatic releases used on ships etc have to be replaced every 2 years (I think - someone will correct me if I'm wrong) so does this unit need to be replaced and at what cost?

so many questions!

I like the idea of it but wouldn't mind hearing more of the finer details - if it still retained the manual inflation as well as adding a hydrostatic release/switch would be pretty awesome.

EDIT - just saw the third vid which answers a few questions - this looks pretty good, anyone seen any info on pricing and who has them?

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#13 Post by arpie » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:46 pm

Looks ike it made it to NBN News the other day.




Yes, you manually inflate it if you feel you are possibly going to capsize or perceive a problem before it occurs - No different from any other vest, in this case.

Much the same as a bicycle helmet needs to replaced every time after it hits the ground - what cost do you put on your own life? The bulb would need to be replaced if it has been used. I would think that the pressure regulator should work more than the once? No doubt more info will be forthcoming soon

I'll be getting one!

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#14 Post by ashnery » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:33 am

Hello
Its my first post on this site.
I must say I should have been here sooner.
Considering I live on the lake and my kids love using the kayak.
I dont mind sneaking of myself on it for a quite fish.
The inventor of the ebbs electronic life jacket David Ashard came to me with a concept.
About 2 years later my team at the Morris Group comprising of an Electronics company called Prichard Electronics invented a circuit that works on pressure,no easy feet I must say.
We tried so many different versions of the module but in the end we are marketing.
1.An electronics circuit that connects to a battery.
2.The battery is rechargeable lithium as in mobile phones.
3.The swim version can be set to go off Instant or in 10 seconds.
Please understand you can fall in, swim , in your existing inflatabe life jacket all day with the module attached,the electronics will only start counting when you go under 1 meter of water and if you are still under 1 meter of water in the 10 second period the unit will acctivate and bring you to the surface.
We have made it this way so we can sell the modules within months from now.
The next version consits of a light weight bladder that fits under a tee shirt or rash shirt.but this will take a year to get through tougth Australian Standards.This will enable the wearer to surf ...ect....
David is now triying to raise awarness and fundraising to get the ebbs to market.
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#15 Post by Steve R » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:13 am

Welcome to the discussion, Ashley. I look forward to hearing progress of the invention.
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