Wrist-Worn Kingii Inflates With A Tug To Keep You From Drowning

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Life vests (even novelty ones that double as fish costume) can save your life – fact. They’re also kind of uncomfortable and unflattering – also a fact. Which is why many folks choose not to put one on when they set out to sea – a sad fact. If you won’t put on a life vest, maybe you’ll be more receptive to something like Kingii.

An inflatable wristband, it’s designed to keep you afloat with a single tug, giving you the benefits of a life vest without the drawbacks of wearing one.   Whether you get leg cramps in the midst of a swim, fall off a jet ski, or experience an unfortunate accident in the middle of the ocean, this thing should help you float on top without any effort on your part.

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For a wristband, Kingii is anything but small. Seriously, it looks like the kind of wristband a supervillain will wear to shoot weaponized lasers at his enemies or something. Still, it’s small enough that even children can wear it comfortably, apart from being unobtrusive, making it the most convenient option for an equipment that can genuinely keep you from drowning.

To activate Kingii, simply pull on the hook to activate the CO2 cylinder, which inflates an orange safety bag that pops out on the side and drags you up to the surface of the water. After you’re safely back on shore, simply remove the used CO2 cartridge, deflate the bag, fold it back into its compartment in the band, and swap in a fresh CO2 cartridge to equip it for another session. Features include a bright orange inflation bag for maximum visibility, a wrist clasp to ensure it secures tightly, a built-in compass, a whistle (so you can call for help), and the ability to provide buoyancy to adults up to 275 pounds.

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An Indiegogo campaign is currently running for Kingii. Pledges to reserve a unit (wristband plus two CO2 cartridges) starts at $69.

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2 Responses

  1. William

    As a coast myself I think this is really a great idea,a and honestly believe every boater and occupants should each be equipped with one of these at all times. It’s so smart, and yet in todays news I continue to read about individuals (often intoxicated) falling overboard and dying off of their boats because they continuously refuse to wear a PFD to-date. I’m not too impressed that the weight capacity on this maxes out at 275LBS though, and definitely think it’s really significant for the manufacturer to consider investing in technology that allows a higher weight capacity. Lastly, I think it would be especially helpful if they designed these with at least 2-3 inbuilt emergency flares as well, and perhaps a small water-pack for survival if and when you’re stranded out in the open sea.

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  2. bridgette garcia

    I was so excited when I saw this product online. I have worked on the waterfront for years and always wondered why the shipping company didn’t supply any of us with floating devices of any kind. A co-worker actually went over board in his utility vehicle and did not survive. Living in Cali all my life and being surrounded by water I insisted that all my children would be strong swimmers. Against doctors advice one of daughter’s who was diagnosed with seizures at an early age was told that she should just stay out of the water. But I knew that the life she might save one day could be her own. So swimming lessons began and by the time she was 10 she started taking Jr. lifeguard lessons, she went on to be on the swim team, the dive team, and the water polo team. Once you accomplish these many water activities the next thrill is surf. That is where she spends a good part of her time and I still worry. So when I saw the Kingii I was elated. I think this is awesome and her and all of her Surf team should have one. It should be mandatory. I will speak to the coach about a fundraiser to raise enough money so that everyone should have one. With that being said I have been putting together my survival kits at home and thought this is exactly what we all need too. So I am inclined to to agree with another person that commented about the weight capacity max. 275lbs isn’t enough, and if it is a rescue situation you might do well to have one on each wrist. Max water safety is the most important thing.

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