LAS VEGAS – Not a summer goes by where I don’t hear about some local kid who drowned in the family pool while the parents were distracted. Lifeguards and common sense are the most protection against drowning, but iSwimband is an extra-layer of protection for parents monitoring multiple kids in the pool.
iSwimband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with your iPhone to tell you when a swimmer has been submerged too long. You wrap the plastic band around your kids’ head and with its accompanying iPhone app you set the time for how long Jr should be underwater. If your kid passes out and goes under for too long, the iSwimband app will start playing a loud alert so you can plunge into the water after them.
It’s unreasonably dorky looking, but you can keep track of up to eight bands at once on a single iOS device or create a network of multiple connected devices for extended. There’s a wristband option too for toddlers who can’t swim, so you know if your rugrat went for an unexpected dip.
Swimmers can pick up the iSwimband for $150, but it will only be available in Texas, Arizona, and Nevada during it’s initial launch in April, with a wider release planned for May.