Ploota: Anti drowning device inflates like an airbag around your neck (12 images)

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Swimmers could be saved from drowning by a new airbag-style device which inflates suddenly around the neck - and may spells the end for armbands.

Ploota is worn like a necklace and detects emergency situations, much like the latest cars do in head-on collisions.

It realises when its wearer has been submerged underwater for 30 seconds - and fills its integrated floats with a fitted CO2 cartridge.

The result brings a potential casualty back to the surface...
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