When it’s time to shuffle off your mortal coil and find a place to spend eternity, there are plenty of futurific ways to do it — from screwdriver-like vertical burial, to cryogenic preservation, to the Best of What’s New winner the Cryomator. Although it’s not exactly new, there’s just something extra special about the notion of being shot into space, returning to the star stuff from whence you came. Now the Commonwealth of Virginia would like to help you achieve this goal.
Your ski buddy has a 92 percent chance of survival after being buried for 15 minutes and a 30 percent chance after 35 minutes. Your search had best be efficient. Whereas most transceivers use confusing audio-based directional cues, the S1's electromagnetic sensors map victims' positions and depths on an LCD screen. The S1 gives signatures for up to four people-crucial for multiple burials. $650
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