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Kingii wrist-worn floatation aid to keep you afloat

Kingii wrist-worn floatation a...
The Kingii is billed as the world's smallest inflatable flotation device
The Kingii is billed as the world's smallest inflatable flotation device
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The Kingii is aimed at active watersport enthusiasts
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The Kingii is aimed at active watersport enthusiasts
The Kingii acts as a floatation aid in emergencies
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The Kingii acts as a floatation aid in emergencies
The Kingii is designed to be unobstrusive
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The Kingii is designed to be unobstrusive
The Kingii can be used by lifeguards
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The Kingii can be used by lifeguards
The Kingii can be used by surfers
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The Kingii can be used by surfers
The Kingii is reusable
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The Kingii is reusable
The Kingii uses a bespoke CO2 cartridge
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The Kingii uses a bespoke CO2 cartridge
The Kingii incorporates a whistle
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The Kingii incorporates a whistle
The Kingii has a compass for navigation
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The Kingii has a compass for navigation
The Kingii is less bulky than other devices
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The Kingii is less bulky than other devices
The Kingii instructions
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The Kingii instructions
The Kingii inflated
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The Kingii inflated
The Kingii diagram
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The Kingii diagram
The Kingii wrist-worn floatation aid
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The Kingii wrist-worn floatation aid
The Kingii is billed as the world's smallest inflatable flotation device
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The Kingii is billed as the world's smallest inflatable flotation device
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Flotation vests save thousands of people from drowning every year, but they aren't of any use if they aren't actually worn. Despite their utility, many people choose not to wear such vests for reasons of comfort, fashion, or space, so Kingii is marketing what is calls the world’s smallest inflatable as an alternative. The focus of an Indiegogo campaign, the wrist-worn device is aimed at swimmers, surfers, sailors, and others who like getting their feet wet.

Inflatable alternatives to life vests have been around for almost a century with devices incorporated into belts, braces, and even jackets. The Kingii is aimed at active watersport enthusiasts and consists of an inflatable nylon bladder folded up in a pouch and integrated into a wrist strap along with a bespoke CO2 cartridge. Pulling a lever inflates the bright orange bladder in about one second, providing emergency flotation.

In addition to the bladder, there's a whistle to signal for help and a button compass to help in navigating back to shore. After use, the bladder can be deflated, refolded, and repacked in its pouch. Attach a new CO2 cylinder, and its good to go.

The Kingii wrist-worn floatation aid
The Kingii wrist-worn floatation aid

“After I lost a friend in a preventable drowning accident, I developed Kingii as a way to promote the importance of water safety and, hopefully, end this type of tragedy once and for all,” says Tom Agapiades, founder of Kingii. “Kingii is the perfect alternative to life jackets for beginner and advanced swimmers of any age. Now, for those who would previously forgo wearing a life vest, they can have the same security without the restrictions or discomfort.”

The Kingii Indiegogo campaign runs through July 29 and is already well past its original US$65,000 goal, having raised $441,336. Premiums include an Early Bird special of a Kingii and two cartridges for $69 going to the first 300 backers up to a Big Impact Retailer Package of 20 Kingii and 40 cartridges for $1,399. Deliveries are slated for September 2015 if everything goes to plan.

The video below introduces the Kingii wrist floatation device.

Source: Kingii

[https://youtu.be/douxGAsnGfg]

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5 comments
zevulon
the product liability costs on a device like this are massive.
this device could easily get you killed if it doesn't work as well as a simple lifevest.
a life vest has almost NO points of failure other than the buckle. also, it is designed for you to float head up while unconcious. you can drown if you head is facing down while you float unconcious on the surface.
this wrist word device cannot float you head up and it has multiple points of failure.
simple is elegant. and this device is not simple relative to existing pfd's.
the.other.will
I'd like to see video of someone swimming with an inflated Kingii strapped to their wrist. It appears to sacrifice utility for fashion. An inflatable PFD that straps onto the torso would be a better choice.
Russet Burbank
I am a potato and I agree with the points made by zevulon.
unklmurray
I won't be needing one of these....no matter if they work....if I ever go near that much water I will be wearing a high floatation vest and will have an emergency inflatable boat in a pack.....I am afraid of the water.....and I think swimming where you are not the top of the food chain is....NOT 4 ME!!!!