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Project Ryptide can aid in the rescue of drowning swimmers

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 11, 2015 At 10:00 PM

A drone attachment that can save lives is making a splash, literally. The accessory, know as Ryptide, can deliver a life preserver to a distressed swimmer in just seconds and the project is just getting started.


Nick Smith is one of several seniors at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford involved with the project. Smith says it all started when his programming teacher introduced the students to founder Bill Piedra. Piedra had the initial idea for the accessory, and joined forces with the students to raise awareness and further develop the project.


To raise awareness and funds for research and development of the project, the students started an online campaign on the website Kickstarter. With four days to go, the campaign is about $2500 short from reaching its $10,000 goal, a target that needs to be hit for the project to keep the funds. But Smith is confident the project will be successful no matter what, with several organizations already expressing interest in it.


And the group continues to look for ways to improve the product, constantly developing new features. Their latest idea; software that will allow someone to pilot the drone using a smartphone or tablet. Another improvement in the works includes  the use of infrared light to automatically detect a swimmer’s body in the water.


Smith says the team will continue moving forward with the project, in the hopes it will be adopted on a larger scale.

To find out more about Project Ryptide, visit

To donate to the Kickstarter campaign, visit



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