A new emergency wristband called Kingii has turned up on Indiegogo that motivates slightly weak swimmers to gain more comfort and confidence in the water. The company's founder, Tom Agapiades, had a friend who drowned in a lake three years ago, and this motivated him to create the portable flotation device.
Kingii, named after a type of lizard that is found mainly in northern Australia and southern New Guinea, has a silver handle that when pulled, a small orange bag pops out and inflates automatically and drags the wearer to the surface of the water.
The device is said to be as reliable as a conventional life jacket, as well as more comfortable and less bulky. It weighs just under 5 ounces, available in a "one size fits most" version, and provides buoyancy to people older than six, and to adults in excess of 124 kilograms (275 lbs).
The wearable tech uses a compressed air cylinder (CO2) and that cartridge is replaceable. However, the cylinders are uniquely designed to fit the Kingii, so you can't just go buy a standard one from a hardware store or a DIY shop. According to the company, shortly after their Indiegogo campaign is over, they will open an "online store where you can purchase recharge cylinders."
Kingii has already surpassed the original funding requirement by over 660% with 26 days left from the campaign. Check out the video below to learn more about the device: