Skinnydipping World Records And Robot Lifeguards

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on July 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

This July 10, the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) is encouraging people across the continent to drop their swimsuits and join them in their second annual attempt to beat the Guinness World Record. It currently stands at 13,648 simultaneous skinny dippers across North America, which was set last year.

“When you shed your clothes,” say the folks at the AANR, “you shed the stresses of every day life.”

EMILY – the next generation of lifeguards?

In other aquatic nudes, I mean news, Switched.com informs us that Arizona-based Hydronalix has developed a robot that saves drowning swimmers. EMILY — an acronym for EMergency Integrated Lifesaving lanYard — is a buoy-shaped robot that is currently controlled by lifeguards. However, in the next incarnation, once EMILY enters the water she will use sonar to detect the distressed swimmer and, at 28 mph, will jet over to provide a safe flotation device.

The robot will cost $3500 and will be available next spring. Says Brandon Chapman, a lifeguard at Zuma Beach in Malibu who’s tested EMILY,

Most lifeguards have spent their life in the ocean, learning how it acts. You can’t give that experience to a computer. But I don’t have sonar. If I was out at sea, I would be pretty stoked if EMILY showed up.

[Image: paulswansen / Flickr]

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