BeSolo - Ignacio Diez Alonso
Matthew is an early 20's university student who a year ago made it into the news for nearly losing his life a morning that he went surfing. He was drifted offshore by a RIP current, a strong fast current towards the open sea, and had no way to communicate that he was in need of help. Hundreds of surfers die annually in the world due to these dangerous currents. This is where BeSolo comes in, by offering a currently inexistent solution to surfers and their safety in the water.
BeSolo is a two-part device formed by a beacon deployed by the surfer before their session and an ankle transmitter located on the surfer's ankle leash strap. It is designed to blend into the surfer's behavior pattern, by being integrated into their ankle strap, ensuring being with the surfer at all times. BeSolo's beacon distress signals can be activated either by the beacon timer running out or the surfer's transmitter being activated. These would communicate the surfer's need of help, through an SMS sent to pre-set contacts and the deployment of an emergency balloon. Through this BeSolo can save lives and avoid experiences like Matthew's.