Lifeguards of the future may soon come with four rotors.
RTS Labs, an Iranian research firm, has started work on a drone lifeguard. Tired of hearing stories about people drowning in the Caspian Sea, the researchers sought out a way to improve water rescue. Drones can help in several ways humans can't--they can move faster over choppy seas, they always remain calm, and a drone will never fall asleep on the job. Iran has an usually high rate of unintentional drownings compared with European countries. A robot that helps lifeguards save lives faster could presumably lower that rate.
The Pars Aerial Rescue Robot is designed to work as a mobile lifesaver dispensary, flying out to those in need and dropping vital flotation aids until better help can be secured. As currently designed, Pars starts with a quadrotor, which makes sense: quadrotors are versatile platforms, beloved by scientists because the machines can do things like test eagle arms and kinect-based navigation. Quadrotors are also a relatively strong. That means Pars wouldn't have any trouble carrying life preservers as well as a sophisticated navigation software and infrared cameras.
In its current iteration, Pars carries up to three life preservers; in future iterations, it could carry as many as 15, the researchers say. To fit that many life preservers on a drone without the whole thing looking like a precarious stack of Oreos, researchers want Pars to carry self-inflating life preservers that use chemical materials to bloat. Pars would also be able to land on water and float until a rescue vessel picks it up.
Research and development for Pars is in the very early stages, but the promise is there. After news emerged that Iran's fancy new vertical takeoff and landing drone was nothing more than a bad Photoshop job, it would be great if the most popular drone out of Iran were one that saves lives.
Why complicate by adding "chemical materials to bloat" the rings? Just drop a standard one.
This is otherwise pretty clever and could be of great use on most beaches, consider how many times you see empty lifeguard towers anyway and these things could sit within and be deployed from the HQ or another guard tower. It would prevent the victim from possibly injuring a lifeguard in a panic as well and at very least, if camera equipped as I imagine it would be, could give eyes on the situation until human help arrived. This could be instituted today, nothing new technologically.
"Iran has an usually high rate of unintentional drownings...."
".... but the promise is there."
And isn't it always as the press releases spew out in hopes of landing some money from those dumb enough to invest in Iran. Good to see our feckless reporters desperate for copy are only to willing to hump and pump it along with no questions asked.
Hmm...a peak behind the AXIS of EVIL.
You mean to tell me that there are some Iranians who actually try to SAVE lives?!
The country isn't all blood-thirsty radicals?
My FOX-News-saturated brain is having trouble processing that concept.
YOU LIBERALS AT POPULAR SCIENCE ARE UP-ENDING EVEYTHING I "KNOW" AND "UNDERSTAND" ABOUT THE WORLD!
HOW DARE YOU!
Thank you Iran.
It is so refreshing to see a drone made to help people instead of spy on them and kill them.
LOL @ the "Death to America" apologists.
Clearly...THOSE...Iranians and Muslims still exist and SHOULD be monitored...(straight-up...no sarcasm).
BUT...I am still recovering from the shock that there might actually be a compassionate Iranian somewhere.
I think I can reconcile this so that my FOX-News-saturated brain will finally feel some peace.
The Iranian drone is meant to save Muslims only and not Christian heathens like us.
Ahh...yes...I have no more doubts about FOX-News...
I am feeling refreshed again. The world once again makes sense.
I can hate Iran, they can hate us...simple, neat and tidy,...no need for translators or diplomats.
We can just stand toe to toe, eye to eye...
....and utter one simple word...understood by soldiers everywhere.
And may the best man win!
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Well, it was one of these or buy one from the U.S. to kill anyone spreading vicious lies about the swimming abilities of Iranians. Which is more cost effective? Time will tell, now that comparison studies can be done. Time, and accurate reporting. Yes, it will be safe to report it. What do you think we are, savages?