Time is of the Essence

The life jacket is one of the most significant humanitarian designs in history and even in its simplest form it is responsible for saving countless lives each year. Designer Winslow Harte expands on its versatility by applying a variety of modern technologies that specifically aims to help those in danger of tsunamis. Embedded LED lights and a built-in GPS beacon make search and rescue efforts easier and a material blend of Duralite grid-weave, mesh pockets and Velcro flaps ensure its durability and ease of use.

Designer: Winslow Harte

3 Comments

  • Ray says:

    Is there some sort of integrated warming device too? Being stuck in sea water for hours hold its own dangers (ex hypothermia).

  • jeff says:

    Seems like the most important part is being protected from the environment… and the violence of smashing, swirling debris, looks like a standard life jacket.. with a gps… help find you/ your body… but where is the life saving.. beyond standard life jacket?

  • winslow says:

    Jeff,
    I incorporated C02 canisters to fill and protect, what I thought to be the most vital to surviving a tsunami, the neck and head. A secondary portion of the vest is inflated to surround the users head and neck, keeping them afloat as well as protecting from debris (as seen in the infographic). Perhaps, I should make this a little more clear in the infographic.

    Aside from this being a floatation device, it has many things that can help the user. The most valuable I think, being the integrated beacon to detect pressure change straight from the Tsunami Warning Center’s DART buoy. This saves the user valuable time, not having to wait for an official warning to be sent out, but rather straight from the source.

    Ray. I do like the incorporated warming device. I guess there were things I had on the backburner, and picked a few that I felt truly lifesaving, as this vest would already be expensive to the public, but thank you for the suggestion!

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