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Robot Lifeguard Coming To A Beach Near You

A surf rescue robot? That’s right. Coming out of the famed breeding grounds of lifeguards known as Arizona, “EMILY” (an acronym for EMergency Integrated Lifesaving LanYard) has recently been tested on beaches in Malibu, California and is receiving positive feedback. The four-foot long floating tube is powered much like a jet ski and can reach speeds up to 28 miles per hour, six times the speed of even the most bad ass lifeguard. Operated remotely—and by a human lifeguard—EMILY has a camera and speakers embedded into her so she can calm down a victim and provide a floating platform until a human guard can get to them. With an asking price of $3500, we reckon it could be an invaluable tool for lifeguards worldwide.

Before we endorse EMILY we'd like to see her make it through the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Photo courtesy Hydronalix.
Before we endorse EMILY we'd like to see her make it through the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Photo courtesy Hydronalix.

For more on this go to Popular Science